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Modeling Tip: Nail Polish Etiquette

Metallic, sparkle, two-tone, Gothic black, trendy white—what type of manicure should a model opt for?

None of the above. The safest bet when going on castings and, especially, when showing up at bookings, is a basic clear polish.

Pale Nails, Dolce & Gabbana

Pale Nails at Dolce & Gabbana

It may be tempting to try one of the flashy styles seen at the shows this year, but if it’s a task to get the polish off for a shoot, it may turn into a hassle (and irritate the stylist if you don’t get the polish off yourself before arriving at the booking).

Two Tone Nails at Peter Som

Two Tone Nails at Peter Som


Metallic Nails at Behnaz Sarafpour

Metallic Nails at Behnaz Sarafpour

I’d save the artistic nails for when you’re booked out for a vacation or have a special event to attend. If you’re not bothered by the hassle, think about your health. The smell of polish is so potent, there must be chemicals in there that seep into our bodies over time. That’s why most of the time, my nails are naked (never mind that I can’t seem to find time to apply polish, let alone remove it!).

Here’s some scoop on nail trends from the 2013 runways with picks from OPI, Essie, Sephora, and more, including some great pale shades. (She’s a little kooky, which is good when you want to make nail polish engaging. I was really disappointed that the leprechaun cat didn’t show. Note: “anyways” is not a word.)

Did you enter the Modeling Mentor Model Search yet? Send in your snapshots—nail polish optional (I won’t hold your Goth nails against you, I promise). And don’t forget to sign up for my free monthly Modeling Newsletter! Subscribers are the first to see the model search finalists.