Following nail art trends can be fun and make us feel incredibly glamorous, whether we are a hand painted gel, vibrantly colored, stiletto shaped type girl or a more traditional square tip, acrylic, French manicure one. But, here’s the thing… and I know this one is going to be painful for some of you to hear but please listen—it can make the difference in getting a job or not getting it.
As an aspiring working professional model/actor—natural and well groomed is the only accepted look for your nails. That means evenly filed, short-ish to medium length, oval-ish shape–mirroring the shape of the cuticle area for you, and little to no color—so nicely buffed, clear, or pale pink/nude colors only. If the shoot requires something fancier, they will either provide a manicurist on set or ask you ahead of time to get a manicure with specific instructions and reimburse you the cost when they pay you. Otherwise, overly artistic or lengthy nails are simply a distraction. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking you can just have your nails redone once you get the job—at castings these days, especially in the commercial world, it is fairly common for hands to be photographed as well as face/body to help determine who will get the job.