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Get To Know Celebrity Manicurist Bethany Newell
Above: Bethany's work for Sally Hansen
What first got you interested in nails?
I have been in beauty from a very young age – I began doing beauty treatments for my friends and family at around the age of seven. Once I started in the cosmetology industry, it was a natural evolution doing hair, skin, and nails.
How did you get your start doing nails for print? What was the “big break” moment?
Interestingly enough my first break into the industry was on a shoot in St. Louis with a friend of mine in art direction. I noticed the stylist on set needed some help organizing her accessories and I took the liberty of arranging things for her to make her job easier. This became the beginning of my career and from then on I was living out of a suitcase and traveling the world. Once I had my son my time became more limited and living out of a suitcase was no longer an option. A friend in the business suggested it would be a perfect time for me to tradition to being a manicurist in the business. She was 100% correct! I began working with a few contacts, one of which was Deborah Lippmann. She and I worked closely for a few years until I branched out per her recommendation. I thank her to this day for her confidence in my skill and for pushing me in the right direction!
Are there any cuticle oils, products, or secrets you have for getting hands to look flawless?
I think the key is keeping cuticles in order, which means clipping cuticles ONLY when necessary. A good cuticle pusher is essential, my favorite is Mehaz (with the flat edge). Regular sharpening makes it possible to keep cutting to a minimum. I love Sally Hansen's Instant Cuticle Remover, Essie's Cuticle Pen and Christian Dior's Creme Abricot Fortifying Cream (it has an amazing scent and great consistency). Chanel has wonderful lacquer shades each season and they are always a favorite line of mine for their intensity of color. I am currently using La Roche- Posay Lipikar hand treatment for its emollient and clean finish for any season.
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