Summer Nails by Naja
Nail trends change quickly by nature, it’s just so easy to remove one varnish and apply another. Thankfully the pros are always around to give us an idea what to expect for each fashionable season.
Nail guru Naja Rickette was asked for some advice about how you can get her hot summer nail looks at home.
As a nail stylist to the stars, you are always at the forefront of new nail trends. What are some of your favorite trends right now?
I am such a fan of the whole negative space craze. It offers so many creative ideas and really makes the colors that I use “pop” up against the blank space. I am also loving the 3D full nail shield pieces I’m seeing all over Los Angeles.
I, personally, am going through a black and white phase. For the past few months I have been wearing only black and white on my nails. I can go with any design, but it just has to be black and white.
What nail shapes and trends do you see emerging for summer of 2014?
The shapes will be more subtle and classic than in the past years when the long, exaggerated pointed talons were popular. Length can still be there but with a shorter, more oval shape.
Short, natural nails with bold colors will be a summer signature. Think primary colors (like Legos) in rich hues of yellow, blue or green. Nail art is here to stay and this summer the accent nail is out! Think along the lines of having two-tonal nail art; choosing two to three colors with lines, shape, color blocking or fades all the same style on each finger.
I am always a fan of white nails for the summer on hands and feet – try Essie’s “Blanc”. If you have never tried white on the entire nail, you might be skeptical at first, but once you give it a shot you will be hooked!
Do you have any tips for readers who love to do at-home manicures?
I sure do! Always use a base and top coat. I have learned that at-home DIYer’s often skip these two vital steps. These steps are essential! A quick way to get your hands ready for a night out on the town is to remove all old polish, shape nails, then apply a good hand scrub (body scrub works well too) and get into the nail bed and cuticle area. Do this by rubbing the scrub up towards the knuckle on each individual finger. Wash hands, cleanse the nail plate and start polishing.
Also, throw away your file from 1998. Using it is the same as using a dull knife. You must know when to replace your file – when it no longer has any grit and is WAY smoother than when you first bought it, then it is time for a new one!
What advice would you give to readers who want to keep their pedicures in great shape during summer beach season?
Gel polish on the toes is a great option for fresh summer time toes. A gel polish will not have chipping and the shine is not dulled by sandy beaches.
Also, to make your feet vacation-ready all year around, apply lotion to them every morning after your shower. Also, at night time, apply a thicker lotion to your feet and wrap them up or wear socks overnight to allow them to soak in the moisture.
In the middle of Los Angeles with its slammed deadlines and crazy work schedules, Naja the Nail Guru has long been established as the go-to nail professional with an A-list clientele including stars such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Fergie, Mariah Carey, Pink and Miranda Lambert. Currently a full-time session nail stylist and an official member of the glam squad currently being represented by Celestine Agency, Naja Rickette’s artistry and keen business sense have propelled her to become one of the top nail stylists in the world. To learn more about Naja, check out the Inspirationail interview with Naja and be sure to visit her Nail Guru website.
See Naja on WEtv’s LA HAIR
For the second season in a row, Naja is also a feature case member of WEtv’s hit reality show, LA HAIR, where every day is a Hollywood holiday. Naja’s world record was featured in episode 209, aired on Thursday, July 17.