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At-Home Manis Made Easier: A Chat With Your Manicure BFF

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Beverly Hills’ Olive & June, one of the hottest salon destinations for your nails, is now sending all that glam to your home. Founder and CEO Sarah Gibson Tuttle is on a quest to live up to her company’s tagline, “Your BFF for all things nails.”

“I want to bring beautiful nails to everyone,” says Tuttle, who named her company after her grandmother and great-grandmother. A bevy of recent launches includes the nine-piece Studio Box, which contains all of the accouterments to deliver the perfect at-home mani. It includes nail polish remover and prep pot, a clean-up brush, a flat-edge nail clipper, dual-grit nail file, buffer cube, the “Poppy” universal polish bottle handle, your choice of nail polish, a top coat and a cuticle serum with cactus flower. Tuttle shares tips for bringing the job to your own domain. 

  • Start strong: “The key to a long-lasting mani is prep. You have to fully strip the nails of any oils beforehand,” says Tuttle. The nail polish remover pot found in the Studio Box helps with this. “If there is oil on the nail plate, it will cause the polish to pop off or chip.”
  • Think thin: Layer on the polish too thickly and it’ll definitely lift and peel sooner. Three thin coats are better than two thick ones to make sure your manicure lasts.
  • Matching is mandatory: Get the top coat that goes with the brand of polish you’re using. “It’s formulated to adhere together,” says Tuttle. Make sure to use a thin layer for your top coat as well.
  • Re-apply: Every three days, swipe on a fresh top coat. “Not only will it help your nails stay looking shiny,” says Tuttle, “but it will continue to seal in the color while protecting it from the outside world.”
  • Take care of your cuticles: “The skin here can be really, really dry, and a lot of people will pick at it. Which means ultimately they’re picking at their nails,” says Tuttle. Hydrate with cuticle serum to keep nails healthy and fend off your picky urges.

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“Our colors are definitely a reflection of what our community loves in the salon and on Instagram and how we can have a fresh take on that,” says Tuttle of the brand’s “7-free” line, which is free of the most common harmful chemicals typically found in nail polish. The light pink color “GE” was the No. 1-selling Olive & June color for spring 2019. Think brighter pinks, white, light peach and dusty denim, all found in the Shades of Summer set.

And after years of shunning matching toes and nail tip color, matchy-matchy is back. Tuttle’s also seeing neutral polish on the toe as well as pure-white pedis.

 

Give Your Nails a Hand: Filler, Lasers & Light

We lose collagen and elastin as we age, so hands show more veins, and skin loses elasticity. Try a filler to plump up the saggy spots, including Radiesse and Juvaderm. To lighten dark patches and “age spots” on the hands, the American Academy of Dermatology cites cryotherapy, laser therapy, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, skin-lightening creams and serums and lotions such as Zo Skin Health Body Emulsion and Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum found at Sephora (wear with sunscreen if exposed to the sun) as options. For moisturizing and protecting your mitts, use a water-resistant SPF 30 or higher sunscreen such as Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40. Solartex SPF Protective Sun Gloves shield hands when driving. Gardening gloves are a must.

Pretty and plump handily wins the season. Want to know more? Connect with OrangeTwist for a free consultation.