NAIL NEWS backstage at Dancing On Ice: Week 2
By Maddy Rooke | 20 January 2018 | Blog, Out & About
Week 2 on Dancing On Ice came around soooo quickly. My call time was 11am but I arrived early to ensure I had enough time to set up and look through all of of the costumes. There is nothing worse than starting the day rushed; especially when you know it’s going to hectic! It’s important to be early and organised. I thought it would be a good idea to colour order all of my nail shades (my go-to’s are GELLUX, IBD and CND Vinylux) and I loaded my very large kit into the car and lay it down sideways in the boot. Low and behold, I opened my kit when I got to the studio and well, let’s just say the colour order went out of the window – ahhhh! Luckily, I had left enough time so if any emergencies happened they could be rectified. PHEW!
Colour order saga over, I was ready to get cracking. It was so much more relaxed this week but only having 25 minutes on each celebrity and pro skater made sure I was kept busy for at least nine hours. I’m used to working 12 hours a days to fit in all of my lovely clients at NailstStudio4 in Brentwood so it wasn’t a problem for me. Like many, it takes me at least 45 mins to remove and reapply gel polish so you can imagine – I buffed, soaked and painted like never before. I was on a mission. Another tip – never order fajitas for lunch when you have no break and no time to eat it – chips will do!
This week, I got to meet Donna Air. She had a gorgeous Gatsby-inspired look so a vintage gold glitter had to be applied. As always, I reached for my trusty GELLUX Clear Base/Top Coat and applied the GELLUX Gel Polish in Gold Rush with the Lecente Ultra Fine Glitter in Sand over the top. I brushed the glitter down to create a more metallic finish rather than a glitter effect – I felt this suited the theme a lot more.
Actress, Brooke Vincent, wore one of my favourite costumes of the week; a blue and red pop art-inspired outfit. As soon as I saw it, I knew that Daily Charm Metallic Chrome Flakes in Red were a must! I applied IBD Builder Gel under Brooke’s colour to provide more strength as well as additional length to some broken nails.
TOP TIPS: Application needs to be extremely smooth under any chrome pigment used or it will show up every lump and bump. You must also use a non-wipe top coat with any chrome powders. They will not adhere to regular gel polish top coats. This transformed the polish in seconds and gave it a gorgeous metallic finish. I painted my nails in the same as soon as I got home!One of my favourite nail looks of the week was for pro skater, Vanessa, who is paired with singer, Jake Quickenden. I used the GELLUX Gel Polish in Black Onyx with the Daily Charm Magic White Chrome over the top for her nail look. I regularly use this black shade from GELLUX because the pigment is amazing in just one coat and means that I don’t have to apply too much product underneath the chrome.
Another week complete! Catch me here again next week to find out what went down on week three…