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How to: Get Beautiful Nails, With Miranda Kerr’s Manicurist, Jocelyn Petroni
Mon, 26 November 2012 10:03AM
Not only is she one of Australia’s most renowned facialists, but Jocelyn Petroni from The Facial Room in Sydney’s Woollahra also doubles as a Mecca Cosmetica ambassador and nail aficionado. Oh, and whenever Miranda Kerr is in town, Jocelyn is her go-to girl for manis and pedis.
The gorgeous Joss and I sat down to talk all things nails, along with the steps you need to follow in order to get beautifully manicured hands at home.
1. File, Buff and Shape
“Whatever your nail shape, try to file them evenly in both length and shape,” Joss explains. “Imagine your nails are already painted, rather than following the white free edge of your nail. The free edge of each nail is usually quite different in shape and length, and your nail plates (the main section of the nail) are also different lengths. Hold your hand away from you to see which nails should be slightly longer than the others, so that when they are painted they look even in length and shape. Slightly rounded nails that reflect the shape of your natural cuticle look elegant and beautiful, but I love a bold, blunt square-shaped nail.”
2. Care for Cuticles
“Your cuticles need oil and rich nourishment to combat dryness and loose skin,” says Joss. “Because we constantly wash our hands, it’s best to treat cuticles (and hands) before bed with a good lather of oil that can soak in overnight, rather than trying to continually reapply during the day. Use an oil like CND’s Solaroil, $13.95, CND, and then make the treatment even more effective by wearing cotton gloves over the top, creating an occlusive layer that forces the oil deep into the skin.”
3. Always Slick on Base and Top Coat
Joss can’t stress the importance of base and top coats enough. “Always apply one layer of base coat, like CND Sitckey Base Coat, $19.95, CND, to help ‘anchor’ the polish colour onto the nail plate. Next comes your nail colour, and always paint on two coats to ensure even coverage. Lastly apply your top coat, which will not only smooth and even out any bumps, it will also provide a glossy finish and protect your nail colour, while also preventing it from chipping.
4. Update Your Look for the Season
“Current nail trends are bursts of beautiful and bright colours,” says Joss. “While I agree that nail art is a lot of fun, I prefer the sophistication of bold colours on short, square nails. However, right now I can get enough of the new Ciaté Caviar Manicure Black Pearls, $36, Mecca Cosmetica. I love how the texture of the tiny baubles add depth to this this elegant block colour.”
Ps – Miranda’s Favourite Shades?
“Miranda loves classic, feminine shades but she also likes bright pops of colour,” notes Joss. “She loves the Mecca Cosmetica Glide On Nail Colour in Jocelyn, $22, Mecca Cosmetica. It’s a beautiful and fresh yellow that’s not quite neon but not quite pastel either.”
Tell me, Primpers, what’s your classic go-to nail polish shade?
What are your tips for caring for your nails at home?
Do you have any favourite nail care products?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett