Getting a manicure is one of the world's greatest comforts. There's something about stepping into a salon, picking out a special shade, and relaxing without your phone for a few minutes. And there are a few things that make the experience even better — like finding a shade you've been wanting for weeks. OPI, of course, is like a nail salon north star: It's one of those mainstay brands that's in just about every location, and some of the best OPI shades aren't what you'd think, according the celebrity manicurists.
OPI already offers hundreds of shades with long-lasting high shine, along with creamy mattes, glitter top coats, and gel formulas that eliminate the need to leave your home, should you choose. If you do opt for an at-home mani, "allow the polish to self-level," says Julie Kandalec, a celebrity nail artist who works with Demi Lovato, Viola Davis, and Kendall Jenner. "It’s natural to see streaks and get nervous, and then want to go over it again and again, trying to smooth it out. Since polish begins drying immediately as the brush is taken out of the bottle, it's creating a battle with drying polish on the nail, which is what is making the streaks." To avoid them, just brush the polish on and move onto the next nail — and applying a third thin coat is sometimes the trick that's needed for perfect coverage every time, she says.
In preparation for your manicure, be sure to shake the bottle for the sake of "mixing" the polish. "First, I like to mix the polish — like my favorite, Alpine Snow — by rolling the bottle in between my palms, as opposed to shaking which can cause bubbles in the polish. I do this to mix the color and get a nice, even consistency," celebrity nail artist Karen Gutierrez, who works with Sofia Vergara and Kylie Jenner, notes.
Even though these classic shades are long-lasting, giving them an insurance policy to last even longer all begins with your prep. "Many people associate a manicure with soaking your nails in water to soften the skin… but don’t do this!" celebrity manicurist Chelsea King, who includes Katy Perry as a client, warns. "Your nails are porous, and will absorb a bit of water and expand. If you paint them then, they will chip once once your nails return to their normal state."
Read ahead for more mani tips, along with the OPI shades that always remain in top manicurists' kits.
Nude And Neutral Shades
"Alpine Snow is a staple color in my collection. I love the fact that their white is actually opaque and creamy. I’m able to get full coverage with just two coats," Gutierrez explains.
"If only I could count how many times I've used this shade! It has the perfect amount of sheer coverage and the tone is so flattering across the board," Kandalec says.
"Tiramisu for Two is one of my favorite nudes. I’m able to use this shade on all my clients — it works on every skin tone. The color is sophisticated and it’s truly sweet and creamy," Gutierrez says.
Mar y Sol Inzerillo, who works with Lupita N’yongo, Lady Gaga, and Behati Prinsloo says that this shade is a classic. The polish can be seen as a neutral, with a peachy touch.
Red And Orange Shades
"This is the best classic red — she’s a classic, and she’s not going anywhere. This shade looks amazing on everyone!" Fleury Rose, a nail artist that works with Anne Hathaway, Chanel Iman, and Miranda Kerr says.
As you can imagine, this shade is a mix between a red and orange. "It's one of my favorite shades right now. I consider it a transition shade from Winter to Spring — it’s fun and vibrant because of the orange, but it’s still muted and more subtle than what you’d expect from a typical orange color," King says.
This refreshing pink is sure to make you look ahead to spring. "I love that this bright pinky-red flatters everyone," Kandalec says.
Kandalec describes this shade as "a vibrant and strong transitional magenta that will take you from spring into summer without a hitch."
According to Kandalec, this shade is "the most classic of the classic deep nail."
This shade is a top favorite by Gutierrez. "I’m obsessed with reds with blue undertones, and I’ve received so many compliments whenever I wear this shade," she says.
Add glitter to your nails with this shade that is a classic pick from Gutierrez. "Ce-less-tial is More is my go-to glitter polish for a night out. I love that it dries fast and has a bit of a texture which just accentuated the glitter," she says.
"This polish is from their recent winter collection, and it's a gorgeous rose gold glitter. I always recommend keeping a favorite glitter polish on hand, you can paint a little glitter on the tips of your nails if they start to chip to get a few more days out of your mani," King tells TZR.