The ‘million dollar manicure’: crafted to meet the aesthetics of perfection fit for the hands which sign million dollar deals.
To gain a deeper understanding of the technology used to craft nail perfection, AESTOLOGYY queried a manicurist whose customers include several female millionaire tech entrepreneurs.
Whilst location can vary, Polished Atelier‘s Elizaveta Dufourq’s offers a suite of #experttips for readers to better assess the calibre of their technician, and gauge whether their manicure is ‘fine, good or great.’
“A manicure varies in aesthetic in the same way a pair of shoes could be from Target or Christian Louboutin,” states Ms Dufourq.
“They are both shoes, yet different people crave different levels of beauty and quality.”
AESTOLOGYY: What are some instant giveaways for women to look for when assessing the quality of a manicure, regardless of location and price?”
LIZA: The ‘Russian Manicure’ is considered the ‘Louboutin of the nail industry’, meaning customers can assess the quality of their result based on the number of core elements which are used in that method.
The craft is hard to specialise, and takes many years of continual training.
Three signs to look for when assessing the quality of a manicure from a professional perspective (images below):
Victoria Beckham once said on Instagram that the key to a good manicure is to “really pay attention to cuticles.”
Cuticles should always be neat and even, with dead skin removed.
2. Gel application
Gel should be applied so close to the cuticle that there’s not a noticeable gap – there should not be visible regrowth one week after the appointment.
A great manicure should also be able to last you 3 weeks without chipping (i.e. until your next appointment).
2. Light reflection
Product should be applied proportional to the nail bed. An instant giveway of a brilliant manicure is evident light reflection when looking at the nails.
AESTOLOGYY: Why would a person even want a ‘million dollar manicure?’
LIZA: Some women crave perfection in their grooming that caters to the smallest levels of detail – it makes them feel more confident.
Another reason is that people are quick to judge, and a good quality manicure is often a way to increase the level of confidence someone feels in important business meetings.
Today the business world talks about the importance of a ‘personal brand’, and grooming is a part of that.
The question is: “what do you want to put forward?” (images below).
AESTOLOGYY: How can we improve nail health when manicures are sometimes deemed to impede growth?
I believe a ‘polished woman’ always has a cuticle oil on hand, it instantly nourishes the skin around the nail bed.
For those who want to take a break from gel polish, a good quality ‘naked manicure’ should factor the following:
1. All filed to the same length and shape.
2. Shined with a nail shiner
3. Cuticle oil applied
AESTOLOGYY: Why is cuticle oil so important?
Cuticle oil nourishes the Matrix area – the root of the nail.
It feeds it to allow a healthier nail to form and grow.
It also hydrates the cuticles, and keeps them supple and prevents the skin from splitting.
Cuticle skin splits and cracks is a doorway for bacteria or fungus.
Massage cuticle oil into the skin in circular movements, it will nourish the skin & keep it conditioned.
Massaging will also promote blood flow for healthy growing nails.
I recommend Footlogix DD mousse also as a hydrator for hands and well. Urea is an ingredient that aids in hydrating and healing our skin on a deeper level – especially when we are using hand sanitiser more than ever. I also use Sundefence, and Biosculpture hand cream which has UV filters for sun protection.
AESTOLOGYY: What’s been the hardest thing you’ve experienced in your career to date, and any advice for other women in the cosmetic tech industry?
LIZA: Dealing with change has been the hardest. Now that I am aware of it, I no longer wait for change. Just keep going forward and look for new ways, new techniques, new industries to offer value.
There is no such thing as standing on one spot. We have to keep moving forward. If we are not moving we are dying.
As a nail technician educator I tell my students, if you are doing the same thing you did a year ago, it’s now outdated. We all want something new.
Embrace change and keep learning (formally or informally). The best part is that today we can learn from anywhere in the world, in our own time.