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Tips From Celebrity Manicurist Beth Fricke


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Beth Fricke’s skill, attention to detail and trend-setting style has established her as one of the most prominent manicurists in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries.

She has done covers for such prestigious magazines as Elle, Deutsch Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Nylon, Redbook, Angeleno and Black Book.

Beth has developed an impressive celebrity roster including Drew Barrymore, Sheryl Crow, Heidi Klum, Mariska Hargitay, Miranda Kerr, Christina Ricci, Mariah Carey and Lindsay Lohan. Fricke is currently serving as an O∙P∙I Celebrity Manicurist.

She has also contributed to various publications on emerging trends and nail care including Glamour, 944, US Weekly and Genlux.

Check out Beth's brilliant insights on choosing the right shade, nail care and manicures below:

They say that nail condition is an important indicator of health. What irregularities should we look for and what health problems to they point to?

White spots can be an indicator of diet issues or damage (like a smashed finger). Ridges in the nail can be from too dry cuticles or damage. Purple or blue looking nails or hands are indication of circulatory issues.

How can you extend the life of a manicure?

The best, easiest way is to put an additional coat of topcoat on and then apply oil to the cuticles.

What nail colors are complimentary on all skin tones?

There are some sheers and slightly darker reds that seem to work pretty universally.


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Why should we use different products to moisturize our nails than for our hands?

When we moisturize hands, we are trying to moisturize the skin. When we do nails, we are trying to moisturize parts under the skin or the layered nail, that both require substantially more penetration.

What tips do you recommend to ensure a perfect manicure at home?

File the nails the same shape. Clean out under the nails to make sure there are no rough edges or corners. Gently buff over the top of the nail and cuticle with a soft (220 grit or higher) buffer and then brush them with a wet nail brush.

Before you polish, wipe the nail with some polish remover to remove any oils. Make sure you hit the outer edge of the nail with polish and with the top coat to seal it in.

About Beth Fricke

Beth Fricke earned her manicuring license at the age of 18 in her hometown of Kansas City. After working at local full service salons doing acrylics, she studied Journalism and Radio/TV production at the university. She then moved to German on scholarship to further her studies.

Combining her background in manicuring and production, Fricke relocated to Los Angeles where she spent 5 years in music video and commercial production.

Fricke has contributed to the upcoming beauty book by Riku Campo, BEST IN BEAUTY: An Ultimate Guide to Makeup and Skincare Techniques, Tools and Products, to be released August 2010.

Fricke resides in Los Angeles, and works bi-coastally.

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- Revised Publication Date: 04/23/11

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