Beauty

Five minutes with nail expert, Melissa Forrest

Author: Canadian Living

Beauty

Five minutes with nail expert, Melissa Forrest

On Instagram she's known as @ManiMelissa, a prolific poster of colourful manicures. In real life, Melissa Forrest is Sally Hansen's nail expert, a role that allows her to stay up to date on breaking trends. On a recent phone call, she chatted with us about spring's most popular nail colours and the trend that isn't slowing down: nail art.

Andrea Karr: What are the hot nail colours for spring?

Melissa Forrest: "Definitely pastels. Spring is all about femininity this year. You can wear pastel during the day and add a black tip [or polka dots or a single black line] at night, and you've got an edgy manicure to wear out."

AK: How do you help your clients select colours?

MF:
"As soon as they enter the salon, I take a look at them. I see how they're dressed, how they carry themselves. Do they appear confident? Are they shy and conservative? The first question I ask is, ‘What's your favourite colour?' When a client tells me her favourite colour, it says a lot about her personality."

AK: What makes great nail art?

MF: "Ninety-five percent of nail art is colour combination. It's not really the art that draws people in, it's the colour first. Then they think, ‘Wow, that's a really cool design.'"

AK: How can a beginner nail artist get started?

MF:
"Paint the nails a base colour. From there, play with other colours and start using tools [such as dotters or striping brushes]. Just drop polish onto Scotch Tape [that you've laid down to protect your table] and start playing with it." 

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This story was originally titled "Five Minutes With Melissa Forrest, Nail Expert" in the April 2014 issue.
           
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