If you were able, even for a second, to look beyond the bump, and the incredible styling, and the even more incredible setting for Rihanna’s recent Vogue cover shoot, you may have noticed the perfectly shaped, nude mani the mother-to-be wore in the Annie Leibovitz-lensed portfolio. The tapered-square set was the handiwork of French nail artist Cam Tran and, much like the rest of the shoot, it came together over the course of a long, late night in Paris. “I enjoy improvising,” says Tran. “I try not to plan things ahead too much and would rather go with the flow,” she continues of her creative process, which was likely a welcomed addition to the dusk-till-dawn production.
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But there is plenty of premeditation—and a lot of skill—that has gone into making Tran one of the most sought after manicurists in the City of Light. “I remember back in middle school I used to practice on my nails with white-out,” she recalls of an early interest in manicures that was sparked partly out of boredom, but also by her mother’s own experimental taste in nail art; Tran used to relish the moment when her mother would return from the nail salon, she shares. A love of art led her to a local nail bar, where she honed her talent for molten metal-like tips and more surreal designs for seven years before brands including Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy and Hermes came calling, hoping to leverage her daring approach. Below, Tran shares some insight into how she perfects her 3D designs–and the quintessential polish color that is the key to French-girl elegance.
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© Imaxtree These colors and tricks leaves your fingernails immediately longer Imaxtree thin, brittle and cracked nails lead to some of the fingernails Just do not want to grow beyond a certain length. Especially in terms of nail art it will be difficult. But short nails also have their advantages: they are super practical for everyday life and still hygienic , because long nails are a perfect hiding place for viruses and bacteria .
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Manicures: Occasional treat or lifestyle?
Lifestyle! I believe [everyday nails] should be soft and clean, or perhaps a pretty color. We need to take care of our nails and hands as much as we do our skin or hair.
How should you feel leaving the salon?
Since getting your nails done is about enjoying yourself, you should feel satisfied aesthetically. Nail art is about claiming your own style and you should feel confident about it.
Favorite local salon, or nail artist that you look to for inspiration?
I really like @nailsbymei and @nail_unistella. They both brought out in me the drive to create nail art. They are visionary women who seem to never run out of inspiration!
Oval square, the most efficient.
Gel or regular?
Gel, without hesitation!
Le Rouge Noir de Chanel (a black red). It’s the embodiment of Parisian elegance.
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All that glitters
Clean and simple, or next-level art?
Both. I often swing from clean to extravagant. It’s never boring.
Favorite products for prepping your nails and hands?
To remove nail polish, I use Mavala—the blue one—and castor oil for nail care. For scrubbing, I like RITUALS The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Scrub followed by Typology’s Keratin Hand & Nail Serum. And to repair, I use Mavala’s Repairing Night Cream for Repair.
Matching mani-pedis: a must, or rule meant to be broken?
A rule to be broken! You should go for the things you like at the moment, and why not add some accessories to complete your look?
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