5 questions for manicurist Tracylee 4 3 2 1 When clients like Cate Blanchett and Cameron Diaz entrust you with their nails, you’ve officially reached Guru status. Here, how the Sally Hansen nail ambassador clawed her way to the top—plus her nail essentials, manicure secrets, and more. By Kate Sandoval Box.
And what’s a typical work week like now?
I spend three to four days a week on shoots or movie sets, and squeeze in appointments with private clients. When I was shooting with Cate and Cameron, they had nail-lengthening enhancements, so I didn’t have to be on set daily. But there can be a nail emergency—I’ve been called to the set at 5 a.m. to fix a nail! You’re such a master of nail art—do you practice on your own nails? I do, but most of the time I don’t wear polish, so I care a lot about how my nails look “nude.” I put cuticle oil on them—no joke—10 times a day. It’s the secret to healthy nails.
I hold the cuticle oil brush upside down, pull some oil off it with my thumb and pointer finger, then massage that into my cuticles— this lets me control how much I put on, so my fingers never get too greasy. What manicure mistakes drive you crazy? First is filing the nails in an unnatural shape, which makes them prone to breakage; match the shape of your cuticle. Second is skipping the base coat.
It makes a huge difference in how long your polish lasts because it prevents the oil in your nails from lifting off the color. And third is painting on thick coats of polish, which never dry properly. It’s best to do three very thin coats. Is there a color you wish more people would try? Black. It’s my go-to right now. It’s cool and goes with everything.