BLAKE LIVELY….her her dress with pockets

I gave Blake Lively a mani/pedi last night for her Chanel Bijoux de Diaments 80th Anniversary accessories event. She looked amazing and her nails were sooo pretty, but alas, her hands were hidden inside the pockets of her dress for the entire red carpet…A dress with pockets…every manicurist’s mortal enemy. I used Zoya’s Carey , a grey neutral, on her hands & feet. It looked awesome with the dress…I promise! ha



UPDATE: I was able to find some close-ups of Blake’s nails. YEAH!


Fashion Week Spring 2013: JENNY PACKHAM

For the Jenny Packham show we went old school with a simple french manicure, but gave it a twist by applying Essie’s Luxeffects Pure Pearlfection over the entire nail. We used Essie Marshmallow to coat the nail and Essie Waltz to make the white tip. Its was simple, understated and gorgeous all at the same time.


Fashion Week Spring 2013: CLOVER CANYON

I do not like long fake nails….BUT for fashion week I can make an exception. For the Clover Canyon show we used imPRESS press on nails in High Hopes on all the models. We shaped them to an active length (fancy way of saying just a little bit of length over the edge of the finger) oval. If you are looking for some length without the commitment then check out imPRESS by Broadway Nails.


Fashion Week Spring 2013: MATHIEU MIRANO

Being a new mommy has kept me so busy! This is why I could only work on 3 shows for Fashion Spring Fashion Week 2013.

The first show was Mathieu Mirano. This show required two different looks. Most of the models received a more translucent manicure using Essie’s As Gold As It Gets. A select few got a more dramatic look where we used Essie’s Going Incognito ( a gorgeous green tone) layered with Essie’s Stroke of Brilliance  (glittery blue) from the Luxeffects line. Both were amazing.



*a good tip when applying anything from the Luxeffects line (or any glittery polish) is to dab the polish on over the nail from cuticle to tip,  instead of using strokes like you would with regular polish. Dabbing lets you get the glitter evenly over the nail, where as trying to paint the glitter on like you would with nail polish makes it all clump up at the tip.



My Baby Benjamin’s Nails

I have been so MIA from updating this blog post the last four months for the best reason possible. My husband and I had the most beautiful baby boy on June 4th! His name is Benjamin Philip Zaro and he is perfect in every way. He definitely takes after his mommy and loves to have his nails done . I would like to say that this is some inherent need for nice nails he was born with but I think the fact that I have been trimming his nails since day one has helped him to get used to the fact that this is going to be apart of his routine. I started out only cutting his nails while he was sleeping but as he got a little older I began to snip one or two while he was awake. I would show him the nail clipper and talk him through everything I was doing. Having me talk the whole time helped to distract him from what was going on. Now, at 4 months, as soon as he sees the nail clipper come out he completely relaxes and lets me do my thing. To any new mommy reading this…start clipping ASAP! get them used to it and keep them from having to wear those silly mittens so they don’t scratch up their faces! Here is my favorite baby nail trimmer and a brief article from on how to get started. And below are some pics of my baby B for you to enjoy :O)


Behind the Scenes with ROSE BYRNE

The shoot I did with Rose Byrne a few months back was such a great day at work. Rose was so lovely and easy to work with. The day just seemed to fly by! The folks at FLARE wanted her nails to be natural but not sheer so I went with Essie: Case Study. It is a neutral but goes on more opaque and really helps the nails pop on camera. It is a definitely a color every girl should have in her nail polish bag! Buy yours here.

Behind The Scenes with Irina Shayk

This was a fun night shoot we did with Irina Shayk after her appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. We originally were going to paint each of her nails a different pastel color so they really popped against the lingerie pulled for the shoot. After seeing how delicate the pieces were we decided to go with a peachy hue that would compliment each of the different looks. I went with Essie’s: A Crewed Interest from the Spring 2012 Navigate Collection. The color was amazing against her olive skine tone! See some behind the scene pics below.


Check out a pic of Brit Marling from this year’s Met Ball Gala. Didn’t she look amazing?! Per Valentino’s request, I used a neutral color on her nails. We went with Zoya’s “Shay,” which matched the nude flowers on her dress perfectly! Here is a link to check out some more red carpet looks.


Marion Cotillard Shoot for Hollywood Reporter

Last Saturday, I got to work on a cover shoot with Marion Cotillard. Her last name is pronounced KO.TEE.AR in case you have as much trouble with it as I do! Marion only uses organic products, so I brought my two favorite organic lines, ZOYA and PRITI NYC, with me to use that day. We ended up going with a gorgeous pinky neutral by ZOYA called “Amanda.” It complimented her skin and the gorgeous black clothes perfectly. It was such an easy shoot, and I had the best time chatting with Marion about her son and motherhood. As I am 8 1/2 months pregnant, other moms always want to give me advice about childbirth, breastfeeding, the “MUST HAVE” items, etc. Marion was no different and give me some great ideas on how to be a more organic mom and helpful tips regarding baby carriers, etc. She even let me in on her two favorite children’s stores in NYC. Check them out here and here. Below are some behind the scenes pictures from our awesome shoot…enjoy!!


ps…the super cute girl in the stripes is my friend Becca who is Marion’s publicist. She is the BEST!!

In Style May Issue

Everyone needs pick up the May Issue of In Style because its the 2012 Best Beauty Buys issue!! It has everything from hair to makeup to nails….check out my mention regarding the Best Trendy Color…I picked Essie’s Power Clutch!