Interview with...Nail Expert Jessica Hoffman of Sally Hansen

Interview with...Nail Expert Jessica Hoffman of Sally Hansen

Jessica Hoffman is responsible for the nails of many A-listers, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lily Allen and Kate Winslet to name a few and is the leading nail expert and manicurist for Sally Hansen. She has worked with the world’s biggest fashion publications, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Tatler, InStyle, Marie-Claire, Glamour and i-D, as well as with various well-known designers.

With a beauty resume as pristine as that, it is safe to say she knows her stuff! For this reason we were thrilled to grab 10 minutes of Jessica’s time to get her top tips and some inside info on what mixing with the fashion elite is really like. We’re not jealous…honest…. What have been your career highlights so far? Career highlights so far include the freedom to work in the field I do after so many years and still find it artistic, challenging and exciting which is something many couldn't say. What one tip would you give girls who want to look after their nails? And what is the worst piece of advice you've ever heard? The best tip I can give anyone in looking after their nails is to oil and hydrate your cuticles daily. The nail and skin will benefit tremendously rewarding you .with healthy, shiny, pink nails. The worst would be to cut your cuticles. You've done the nails of some major celebs - Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and imageLily Allen - what is that like? Do you get nervous?  Doing a celebrity for a shoot, event or even on a private client basis is sometimes stressful to organize ( through agents, PR's, etc. ). But once you are sitting in front of them, they have the same questions and or problems with their nails that we all do. This immediately makes the situation more human and more relaxing. I am the nail technician professional and they are the client. What has been your favourite nail art creation and who was it for?  An editor/ journalist friend of mine was going to Shanghai with Karl Lagerfeld to his Chanel opening. I painted her nails in Chanel's Dragon with Rococo's Gold Leaf Laquer in a starburst pattern. It looked like a Chinese firecracker! I got a kick out of it, and so did he! Where do you find your inspiration? My inspiration for that was Chanel and Chinese New Year. image-2How did you establish your career in the nail industry? My career has been established in the industry by many years of hard work dedication and a genuine desire to create beautiful silhouettes of colour and shape adorning the fingertips of the fashionable women. Nail Art is huge at the moment, what nail trends do you predict for the A/W season? Nail art In the A/W this year is going to be defined by textures in nail Varnish. Sally Hansen has launched Fuzzy Coat. it looks like a really cool coat of yarn wool over any colour of your choice. What is your all-time favourite nail polish and colour for yourself? All time colour for myself is always going to be  a classic, bold red. I have many favourites including Sally Hansen's 'Right Said Red', YSL's #1 Rouge Pop Art, Butter London Pillar Box Red and Ciate Kitten Heels. Connect with Jessica on Twitter. By Mandy Thomson @IKRUSH_Mandy
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