It’s essential for stylists to carry a diverse assortment of shades of nail polish in their manicure kits, so they are prepared for whatever their clients request, says OPI’s Suzi Weiss Fischmann, executive vice president and artistic director—you may also recognize her name from popular OPI colors like Suzi Says Da!, Suzi Skis in the
Pyrenees and Suzi and the Life guard.
“Reds are by far the most requested manicure shade, so I recommend stylists have numerous classic shades of red on-hand,” Weiss Fischmann says.
So what are the other musts to have in your nail caddy? We ask the “First Lady of Nails” and find out!
Light pinks are extremely popular, particularly among brides. Some of my favorite light pinks include Bubble Bath, Suzi and the Lifeguard and Italian Love Affair; brides always love the playfully romantic names of OPI’s SoftShades, which include Privacy Please, Rosy Future and Second Honeymoon.
Keep in Neutral
Neutrals like Barefoot in Barcelona and Malaysian Mist are favored by those who want a natural look or who work in more conservative work environments.
On the other end of the color spectrum, vibrant, vivid shades are all the rage among those who want a bold, eye-catching look; for such clients, it is important to have the hottest, newest shades like Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Hot & Spicy from OPI’s The Hong Kong Collection.
Hot pinks, fiery oranges and other bright shades are always in-demand during summer and among those customers who are about to go on a tropical vacation; such colors look great against a tan. Favorites? La Paz-itively Hot, Shorts Story, My Chihuahua Bites!, Cajun Shrimp and Teal the Cows Come Home.
Meanwhile, customers who want an edgy look tend to gravitate toward dark colors— such as Lincoln Park After Dark and Black Onyx— and taupes—like like You Don’t Know Jacques! and Over the Taupe.
Turn up the Base!
Of course, stylists must use a top-quality base coat so the client receives a longlasting manicure. In terms of tools, it is important to have top-quality flat and round brushes (if the stylist is applying acrylics or OPI’s Axxium Soak-off Gels), nail files, nail tip trimmers, cuticle nippers, nail plate cleaners and buffers. Above all else, tools must be completely sanitized.