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Kerry Washington Says This Nail Polish Is Her ‘Go-To Beach Color This Summer’

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It’s formally #vaxedgirlsummer and salons are open and prepared for our grand return. And this much-anticipated reopening isn’t the one motive OPI is celebrating proper now: This yr marks the model’s fortieth anniversary, and on a Zoom assembly at the moment, cofounder Suzi Weiss-Fleischmann mirrored on the early days. “The brand’s first product was Acrylic Nails, and I went up and down Ventura Boulevard in LA handing it out to nail salons, and they loved it.”

Then in 1989, OPI launched Nail Lacquer with 30 shades, a few of that are nonetheless within the model’s assortment at the moment. And for those who’ve at all times been curious what OPI stands for, there’s a humorous rationalization: It truly stands for Odontorium Products, Inc, which was a dental provider Weiss-Fleischmann labored with in LA when she was within the dental business previous to her lightbulb nail second. “We didn’t know better, so we took the initials OPI, and actually at our first trade show, we wore these buttons that said ‘What’s OPI?’ and that was the talk of the show.”

Joining within the celebration is actress and OPI inventive ambassador Kerry Washington, who calls Weiss-Fleischmann “my First Lady of nails,” and have become concerned with the model in 2016 to launch the Washington, D.C. assortment throughout her Scandal days, although she’s been a fan since lengthy earlier than. “It [the collection] included so many beautiful shades, including a shade that was named for my daughter—Inside the Isabelletway. Also, the shade We the Female continues to be a brand favorite to this day and I’m so proud of that. I wore it for International Women’s Day, which was so fitting.”

Washington credit her mother along with her love of nail care. “She is somebody who has taught me so much about self-care. She’s a retired professor, and she wasn’t a glamorous or flashy person growing up, but she would splurge every week on a manicure and she’d always take care of her hands and nails. I feel like getting my nails done is a ritual that I’ve learned from my mother and that I’ve taken on to help me feel good about myself. I tend to be more classic in my fashion and beauty space, but I love having fun with nails.”

This summer time, Washington is able to let her nails and toes expertise the post-COVID sunshine, and has some particular shades in thoughts for his or her huge debut. “I love Cozu-melted in the Sun—it’s such a beautiful pink for summer and it has such fun shine and sparkle, which I love. I’m definitely going to a beach, and I can see Cozu-melted in the Sun on my toes in the sand. It might be my go-to beach color this summer. It’s so feminine, pretty and soft, but it also has some magic to it.”

The yellow hue Sun, Sea, and Sand in My Pants from the Lisbon assortment is one other certainly one of her go-tos this season. “It’s just so bright, and summer is a time to experiment more with color. It’s also really great for detailing too in nail art—it just layers so beautifully.” For pastels, she favors traditional Gelato on My Mind, and for reds, “as a native New Yorker, of course Big Apple Red.”

In the summer time nail pattern division, Washington says there’s one she actually needs to strive. “One I’ve been seeing a lot that I haven’t tried yet is to make your nails look like berries—it’s very much the food-oriented trend. I keep looking at all the beautiful reds and pinks and feeling like I should make some strawberry nails. But I also really love the mismatched nails. I feel like everybody is really gravitating toward not having every nail look the same, and that for me is really fun, especially for summer. Anything goes—this is the time to play!”

Weiss-Fleischmann’s high picks this summer time are bright-pink Strawberry Margarita, one other traditional, and purples and lavenders, which she says trending huge proper now: “I like Pompeii Purple when I want something a little deeper and more sexy; lilac has been the trend shade for spring and summer, and looks amazing on nails and toes. And I can’t forget Cajun Shrimp, which is one of the original shades from 30 years ago that was in the New Orleans collection and came from my love of Cajun food when I visited there.”

As far as gel versus conventional nail lacquer, Washington prefers a mixture of the 2. “I think that when I have more time, I like to do lacquer because then I can change more frequently. I like to be able to have that flexibility. But I do have to say that since entering mom life, gel is a lifesaver. As a working mom, if I have to sit around and have my nails dry for a long time, it’s just tough. And as a mom, you’re working with your hands all the time. I tend to do lacquer on my toes because I usually give those more time and I can put some slippers on and let them air-dry, but on my hands I tend to do gel.”

On a private be aware, my all-time favourite shade, Let’s Be Friends!, additionally occurs to be the most-googled OPI shade and was lastly introduced again as a consequence of fashionable demand (it was initially a part of a limited-edition Hello Kitty collaboration and I used to be heartbroken when it was discontinued). So thanks OPI! 

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