Real Model 101: Simple Manicure

Hi darlings! It may be the summer but that doesn’t mean you get to slack off on your studies. Now is the best time to catch up on all your previous lessons of RealModel 101 including this one, What To Do At A Casting. In the video you may have noticed that during the casting process models were asked to show their hands. If you’re thinking that’s weird or “I’m not trying to be a hand model” listen up. Clients want to see what you’re working with. In fact, sometimes you’ll even see in the casting or audition notice models must have nice, clean hands. They need to know if you have you have photogenic features, if you have any scars, and that totally includes your hands. Think about it… for product shots, tech jobs, and of course beauty, hands play a big role. You don’t have to run to the nail salon every time you have a casting or a job, but you need to make sure your hands look presentable.

I love fancy nails, but a simple manicure is the way to go for the working model. First of all, keep your nails trim and even with a nail clipper with a retractable file. You can continue your mani in the shower. While your hands are wet, push back your cuticles. You can use a tiny nail brush or even your face scrub to exfoliate. Dry off your hands and moisturize. When I’m in a rush, I’ll use a fast drying nail polish like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail. One coat and I’m good to go. When I’m waiting to go into the casting room I’ll use a hand lotion like Perlier Hand Cream and even apply OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go. That way my hands don’t look cracked or dry. Once those studio lights hit my skin, my hands will look glossy and impeccable.

When opting for a simple manicure, play it safe by sticking with flesh tones, pale pinks, or nearly-sheer nail polishes like Essie’s Mademoiselle or Ballet Slippers. These shades work on just about everybody and are subtle and pretty. I’ve even painted on a clear undercoat or top coat and let that be it too. You don’t want an ornate mani to distract the attention away from you. Sometimes even buffing is good enough. Just make sure your cuticles aren’t overgrown and you don’t have crazy hangnails and calluses causing your fingers to look a mess. The trick is you want your hands to appear fresh and clean without being too perfect.

Products to try:
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go
Essie ‘First Base’ Basecoat
Essie ‘No Chips Ahead’ Top Coat
Ciaté ‘Underwear’ Base Coat
Ciaté ‘Speed Coat’ Top Coat
Orly Flash Dry Drops
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail in Petal Pusher
Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle
OPI Manicure Scrub
Maria Badescu Special Hand Cream

Homework assignment: Try out your own simple mani. Make sure you throughly moisturize your hands. Snap a few pics and see if you could be a hand model. I’ll show you how to incorporate your hands in beauty photos and product shots in our next lesson.

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