click image to zoomCourtesy Tom Bachik You might know celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik as "RedCarpetMan," as he goes by on Twitter. But you might better recognize his work, as seen on celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Zooey Deschanel and Anne Hathaway on, where else, the red carpet.
Now that awards season has, for the most part, wrapped up, MODERN asked Bachik to talk about a few of his favorite designs he has created this year--Zooey's filmstrip nails at the Golden Globes, Anne's paper butterfly nails at the SAG Awards and two of Jennifer's red carpet nail designs from 2013.
How did you come up with each of these designs?
I always work closely with the celebrity to collaborate ideas and incorporate a bit of their personality in each look which keeps is uniquely theirs.
Zooey: Likes fun, playful art but fairly literal in nature. She mentioned cameras or the likes might be fun. So for the Golden Globes I brought ideas of cameras with floating filmstrips, and she loved them. Then we chose a base color to match her dress and put it all together.
click image to zoomCourtesy Tom Bachik Anne: Usually keeps it simple with an accent nail or two, some glitter and maybe a couple crystals. For the SAG awards, her dress was a bit rocker chic, and nails were very important to her. She needed something special. As we were brainstorming she asked if I had anything that had to do with nature. Then her makeup artist said she had eyelashes with butterflies on them. I painted her nails white to stay young and mod then cut off a couple of the butterflies but left parts of the lashes so it looked like paint running down from the butterflies off the nails. It was a team collaboration that was perfect for the night!
click image to zoomCourtesy Tom Bachik Jennifer: Wore an ornately embellished nude gown and changing into a little black number for the evening out of the Golden Globes. Nails needed to work with both looks. We choose a full nude color to keep it chic and sophisticated. On ring fingers I applied jacquard print overlays custom made for me by Minx, then added hoops and studs for a 3D effect.
For the Grammys, Jens look felt very Cleopatra so nails needed to be fit for a queen. We created long almond shaped nails in white. Then layered nails in chunky gold glitter. To create even more dimension I place chunks of gold leafing down the center of nails and on ring and middle fingers applied 24k whoops, chains, and beads completing the look.
Did you face any challenges or last-minute issues with the manicures?