Ask a Stylist: Nails that mean business

Do you talk with your hands a lot and love a fresh manicure before a meeting or presentation? Same here. So what are great styles and polishes that add a sophisticated touch in a professional setting?

We asked Claire Beaudreault. The talented nail artist has worked on nails for runways, editorials, and lookbooks. — And did we mention that she brought her “nail game” to several Gimme Gorgeous events? Yes, we love her! Check out her point of view and tips below.


Claire’s first tip is a kind warning. She says it’s time to consider retiring the “soft pink with white tips” French Manicure. What has once been considered a clean, professional look has since entered dangerous territory that veers toward the adult entertainer.

So what to put on your nails instead?

She says: “Nudes and neutrals don’t have to be boring. Chanel Frenzy is a gorgeous grey-beige. I love grey as an unexpected neutral. It can flatter all skin tones. Greys from pale to dark look great through the fall, winter, spring.” (P.S. If you want to ease yourself into “greige” territory before springing for a Chanel lacquer, try CDN’s Impossibly Plush.)

“Black has gone from rockers and goths to the fingers of the likes of Lauren Conrad and ladies with Louis Vuitton bags.” For a luxe “almost black” with a hint of metal try Jin Soon’s Nocturnal.

Dark burgundy like Chanel’s Vamp, Essie’s Wicked, O.P.I.’s Lincoln Park After Dark is also an option.”

Her current favorite? “Try blue! Sophisticated dark or royal blue or fresh turquoise and mint.”

For blues, look at Chanel’s Blue Satin or Essie’s After School Boy Blazer, for a classy turquoise, look no further than YSL’s Vert D’Orient.


Thank you so much, Claire, for sharing your secrets with us.

Follow her on Instagram as @maniclaire.

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