The Rad Manicurist Shares Tips on Nail Shapes

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Tom Bachik, who is dubbed as The Rad Manicurist, is among the most sought after manicurists for celebrities and the elites in the fashion industry.


Bachik is the first nail artist to have a contract with Chanel and the first ever ‘Global Nail Designer’ and celebrity manicurist for L’Oreal Paris. His impressive list of clients includes A-list showbiz personalities such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Victoria Beckham, and Heidi Klum. The fractured glass and mini Swarovski beads nail art worn by Selena Gomez at the 2017 Met Gala, Kim Kardashian’s nails for the same fashion event, and the sparkly talons that Jennifer Lopez has been seen wearing multiple times lately are credited to Bachik.



Tips from The Rad Manicurist

Noting his decades of experience in the nail industry and his impressive list of clients and recognitions, it pays to know Bachik’s opinions on nail shapes and the recommended shapes for varying nail lengths.


“I think nails can be short and strong—like deliberately short, with a well-manicured, nice, natural shape to them—because to me it feels very strong and deliberate. You know, “I am woman, hear me roar.”


Or I like nails with a little bit of length and more of a rounded, almond shape. I think the longer a nail gets, the more almond-shaped, the more stiletto you should go.



If your nail is short, a great option is you can copy the shape of the cuticles. So if they have a very rounded cuticle, your shape would be a little more rounded. If they have more of a square cuticle, they should still be soft and rounded, but you can make it a little more square, more strong.


As the nail gets longer, you want to create balance; you want to create that look of elegance and slenderness. So we go a little bit more narrow. That helps take away some of the feeling of weight and bulkiness.”



Logical and practical advice, but of course we expected no less from The Rad Manicurist himself.

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