Model and professionally well-dressed person Olivia Palermo has joined forces with UK beauty brand Ciate London to create arguably the only three nail polish shades needed for summer: creamy pink, blood red, and beach coral.
“Red is the color I wear every day,” says Palermo, who has ‘Hutch,’ a glossy crimson with blue undertones, on her nails when we meet at The Crosby Hotel. “Since it’s summer, I just wanted colors to pop on a skin tone.”
There’s a reason why Palermo’s signature rich-girl style inspires millions of copycats, and I’m not immune. “What do you usually do?” she asks, eyeing my hands. The usual is chipped, but I choose ‘Hutch’ as well. “You’ll feel like a new person,” she says, while a manicurist paints my nails.
Beyond her signature red polish, Palermo shares her thoughts on loyalty, nail art, and the best mascara ever.
“I’ve been getting manicures and pedicures since I was very, very young. In New York you have one on every block, and my mom would go every other week to get a manicure and pedicure, and always only red. It must’ve been Revlon. They didn’t have the amazing nail colors they have now and the polishes. So I just went with her and got my nails done. Way before Kindergarten. I get it done every four or five days.”
“I am totally religious and loyal [to my salon] and I’m their oldest client; i-Plaza right in Tribeca. The son has opened up another store right around the corner called M-Spa, and you feel like you’re in a Swedish spa. It’s very cool, they play house music, but it’s all the same ladies from the other location, so all friendly faces.”
“The way the French do a manicure, it’s not exactly exciting, and the actual French manicure itself—no. Just stick with a nude. It’s just dated. A lot of trends come back and forth, but it’s one of those things like crystal jeans, I’m not sure it’s going to come back so quickly.”
“My hands and feet are always matching. The only time they’re not is maybe for a day, or half a day if I don’t have time to do both, and I know I’m going to have my toes covered. I like the consistency. Although, when I see a woman with darker on her toes and then lighter on her hands it looks chic, but then when I try it I just look like…not so sure.”
“I love a great matte red lip. Sometimes if you have a tan I would suggest more of a coral because I think that’s nice. With a brighter lip, just keeping it as minimal as possible and just a little lash.”
On the perfect mascara:
“I’ve used Diorshow for years, and Guerlain because they have a great wand.”