On any given day, Nyc-based nail guru Jin Soon Choi is for­mu­lat­ing new prod­ucts for her epony­mous range, over­see­ing the nail di­rec­tion at NYFW and on fash­ion cam­paigns, or pop­ping into one of her sa­lons. She re­veals her se­crets to stay­ing pol­ished

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Nail guru Jin Soon Choi re­veals her per­fectly pol­ished es­sen­tials.

“It goes with­out say­ing – mois­turiser is a must.” 1. Fresh Lo­tion For The Body, $71,

DIP­TYQUE, 3. Make A Dif­fer­ence Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Hand Treat­ment, $23, ORI­GINS,

“I’m never with­out a few clas­sic polish shades that suit ev­ery­one. My Nail Lac­quer in Co­quette is a rich, vi­brant red that’s sexy, mod­ern and age­less, and it works well with all dif­fer­ent skin tones.” 2. Nail Lac­quer in Co­quette, $26,

JINSOON, 11. Nail Lac­quer in Pixie, $26, JINSOON,

“It’s im­por­tant to push cu­ti­cles back thor­oughly and trim only the loose por­tion that re­sults from this process.” 4. Rock­hard Cu­ti­cle Nip­per, $65.95,

TWEEZERMAN, i-glam­ 12. Pushy And Nail Cleaner, $32.95, TWEEZERMAN, i-glam­

“I keep a few bot­tles of top coat in my kit so I can add shine to nails be­tween shots.” 5. Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat,

$26, JINSOON, “For a nat­u­ral nail, I use th­ese two nude shades from my col­lec­tion. Muse is a sheer pink that im­parts a fresh look, and Nos­tal­gia is a rosy beige that is par­tic­u­larly suited to long nails. I some­times layer two shades to tweak the right look for dif­fer­ent skin tones.” 6. Nail Lac­quer in Nos­tal­gia, $26,

JINSOON, 7. Nail Lac­quer in Muse, $26, JINSOON,

“I added strength­en­ing bi­otin and ker­atin, plus di­a­mond par­ti­cles for dura­bil­ity, to my base coat. It re­ally helps prime and pro­tect the nail.” 8. Power Coat Strength­en­ing Base

Coat, $26, JINSOON, “Some­times I’m able to sneak away from a shoot and do a few min­utes of skip­ping to get in­vig­o­rated. I also keep co­conut wa­ter, an ap­ple, choco­late and man­darins on hand for a quick en­ergy boost.” 9. Skip­ping rope, $1,790, CHANEL,

1300 242 635 17. Co­conut Wa­ter Straightup, $22 for eight, RAW C,

“I wear an LED head­lamp for when I re­ally need to see de­tails clearly while paint­ing nails.” 10. 7 LED Head­lamp, $10, TAC­TI­CAL,


“Af­ter clip­ping nails, I file and buff gen­tly. I think shap­ing straight on the sides with a soft edge on the cor­ners while segu­ing to a slightly curved form as you ap­proach the tip area is the most flat­ter­ing nail shape. My nail tech­ni­cians call it the ‘Jin Soon shape’.” 13. Nail file, $6, MECCA MAX, 14. Stain­less Steel Finger­nail Clip­per, $14.25, TWEEZERMAN, i-glam­ 15. Stain­less Steel Toe­nail Clip­per, $16.95, TWEEZERMAN, i-glam­

“Most of my pol­ishes are 10-free [with­out 10 toxic in­gre­di­ents] and I use a non-ace­tone nail polish re­mover — it’s ef­fec­tive with­out the harsh chem­i­cals.” 16. Non-ace­tone Nail Polish

Re­mover, $20, KESTER BLACK, adore­

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