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 in St. Louis with an art director friend, at a shoot she was working on. I noticed the stylist on set needed some help organizing her accessories and I took the liberty of arranging her things so they would be easier for her to locate. This was the beginning of my career and I then lived out of a suitcase for years to follow. Once I had my son and my time became more limited, my friend who I styled with proposed that I look into manicuring in the same industry – she suggested it would be the perfect transition and 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 and then I branched out on my own (per her recommendation). I thank her to this day for pushing me and for her confidence in my skill.
Are there any cuticle oils, products, or secrets you have for getting hands to look flawless?
I think they key is keeping cuticles ‘in order’ (not cutting unless absolutely necessary) and having a cuticle pusher (my favorite is Mehaz with the flat edge on each end). Regular sharpening makes it possible to keep cutting to a minimum! I love Sally Hansen’s cuticle remover, Essie’s cuticle pen, and Christian Dior’s Crème Abricot Fortifying Cream (it has an amazing scent and great consistency). Chanel has wonderful 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.
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