Celebrated nail artist Fiona Hay talks tips and trends.
With work fresh from the pages of Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Fiona Hay juggles beauty, makeup and nails for editorial, bridal and within her own salon. With her perfectly manicured finger in every pie, we asked her to update us on the hottest runway trends from her very own salon chair at Ten Manicure.
What are the biggest nail runway and celebrity trends right now in shape and colour?
Length is certainly back. Almond-shaped nails give a nod to the 1940s, which I adore! Oval shapes are a subtler version, but very much on-trend for those who can wear longer nails; they aren’t practical for everyone. For the lovers of square nails, keep them short and chic. If you like them to the end of the fingertip, follow the natural curve.
Colours we are seeing for Autumn/Winter are beautiful opaque nudes, oxblood red, aubergine, gold and gunmetal grey. Matte topcoats add a luxurious soft finish. Simple geometric nail art and metallic studs and embellishments are smoking hot right now.
What are your favourite nail trends?
I love seeing nail lengths a little longer; it’s not for everyone, but it elongates the fingers. Oval and almond shapes especially give a ladylike ‘mannequin’ appearance. I love simple geometric nail art; my clients are so adventurous and I love the challenge. Gel nail polish would have to be my favourite medium to work with. It dries immediately, lasts 2-3 weeks, or even longer for some, and makes nail art a breeze.
What are your application secrets?
I have no secrets really, just meticulous preparation. Taking time to do a perfect job and if it’s not perfect it needs to be fixed immediately. Also, always cap the tip of the nail to prevent chipping.
What is your advice for other nail artists?
Don’t sell yourself short. There is a lot of competition out there, but if you are providing high quality service, using high quality products, listening to your clients’ needs and providing professional, honest advice, there is no reason why you shouldn’t align your prices with the competition. Manicures and pedicures should be a luxury service — women and men love to be pampered. Make them feel relaxed and don’t rush your services. Some clients’ nails take longer than others, so allow for that in your bookings.
Fiona Hay is a session nail stylist, celebrity manicurist, hair & makeup artist, and the Australian ambassador for ORLY. For more information visit www.fionahay.com
By Shannon Gaitz