You may well ask how a skateboarding California dude might end up as Chanel’s first celebrity manicurist. Well, Tom Bachik tells Allure that initially it was all about the dollar signs. With his first child on the way and a job airbrushing hockey helmets, race cars, and motorcycles, his wife heard that big-time manicurists could make six figures a year, "and her eyes glazed over with dollar signs," he says. But hey, that wasn’t by any means the end of it. Within just months of earning his license, Tom came first in an international acrylic nails competition and fell hard and fast for nail design, eventually working with mayjah A-listers like Victoria Beckham, Pink, and Fergie, and scoring jobs on Allure photo shoots. We LOVE this story. Check out Bachik’s hot tips (geddit?) on how to get that celeb-perfect manicure.
Do not soak your nails before a manicure.
"I understand it at the spa, as part of a relaxing experience," Bachik says. "But since the nail is porous, it absorbs enough water to slightly change shape. When it dehydrates and returns to normal, the polish has to contract, making it more likely to chip."
Don't get gritty.
Bachik recommends using a 120 to 280 grit nail file, "which is fine enough that it won't fray the nail edge, no matter which direction you file it."
Applying CND SolarOil every night before bed "keeps cuticles smooth and helps polish last longer."
Take time for a base coat.
"I like Dazzle Dry Base Coat," he says. "It acts like double-stick tape by giving the color something to adhere to, and doesn't yellow your nails."
Bachik's favorite shade right now is Chanel Riva, a sheer, slightly iridescent robin's-egg blue that "doesn't have any chalky white undertone, so it looks cool and sophisticated," not like an Easter dress. He used it on Beyoncé in her "Why Don't You Love Me" video — check it out here!
- Rose Beer