THIS STAR MANICURIST has two rules to paint by: The first is investing in separate top and base coats. “The problem with an all-in-one is that it works— ish ... ,” he says. “A base should be a little flexible, because it allows the color to be more resilient. The top should be thicker.” And when layering two colors, “put on the darker one first and leave a tiny margin around the nail; give it a minute, then overlap it completely with the lighter color. That way you don’t get a dark line around your nail.”
“I always go back to red; it looks good on everyone.” His ultimates? This bright candy shade and deep, sexy bordeaux. Bachik sweeps nails clean before applying his color du jour. A current fave is this new glittering hue. The disco vibe inspired client Selena Gomez to get dressed up and go rollerskating, he says. “I’ve been a fan of Chanel’s Vamp since before I did nails. It’s still requested by clients.” For perfect results, he cleans cuticles with an acetonesoaked brush.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Malaga Wine and Big Apple Red (bottom), $11 each; opi.com.
OPI Nail Lacquer in This Changes Everything!, $11; opi.com. Iconic London Evo Black Soft Touch Sculpting Brush, $47; iconiclondoninc.com.
Bachik with Heidi Klum
Chanel Le Vernis in Vamp, $28; chanel .com. MAC 242 Shader Brush, $25; mac cosmetics .com.
Bachik putting on the glitz