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Betina Goldstein’s less-is-more approach to nail art makes for chic and timeless tips. From logo manicures to whimsical flora to graphic dots and lines, her work is all in the details. The self-taught nail artist is known to incorporate different materials–like rhinestones, gold leaf, and pearls–into her dainty designs, even carrying them beyond the nail bed for statement looks. Her affinity for multimedia finishes also informs her designs for Doublemoss, the jewelry brand she founded last year, as she carries the same luxe, minimalist aesthetic into all aspects of her work.
While Goldstein often uses her own nails as a canvas, she is also a go-to manicurist for starlets including Zoë Kravitz, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Zazie Beets, and more. In the fashion world, her portfolio includes countless editorials and ad campaigns, where her crisp and clean polish is the finishing touch.
Here, CR asks Goldstein about negative space nails, her essential tools, and one of her favorite looks.
How has your approach to designing jewelry informed your nail art or vice versa?
“I came up with my first jewelry design through a nail art design that I was creating for an event I was attending. I wanted to make a pearl wrapped with gold wire and ended up making a nail ring; the pearl was attached to my nail and the gold wire wrapped around the top of my finger. I went to the event, and it was a big hit, so I spent the next two years researching and developing Doublemoss Jewelry. It opened my eyes to a new way of expressing my creativity. ”
Are there any fashion trends that you’ve seen translate into nail trends?
“I love the gorgeous outfits that pair a bright Mexican pink skirt or pant with a vibrant red top. I translated that into a nail art design doing two fingernails a bright pink and three fingernails red. I also translated a fashion design into a nail art design for this Alena Akhmadullina dress I fell in love with. It’s one of my favorite nail art designs I have done to date, not only for the outcome but because of the patience and techniques I applied to achieve the design.”
What draws you to negative space nails?
“The ability to incorporate different prints, textures, and accents, keeping the look refined without overwhelming the nail.”
Most of your work is done on natural nails rather than acrylics. Do you think more people should embrace their natural nails?
“In my opinion, the most beautiful nails are healthy nails. Whether they are long or short, that is always my priority. I am constantly changing my polish, so gel polish does not make sense for me. I don’t like the amount of damage and toxins your nails are exposed to during the gel or acrylic removal process. Try to use products that don’t contain as many drying agents or harsh chemicals to keep your nails healthy. I switched to an oil-based nail polish remover six years ago, and it changed the overall health of my nails. Acetone breaks down your nails, leaving them weak and susceptible to breakage and splits.”
What are your tips for at-home nail care?
“Invest in quality tools and products. I always keep a nail file, cuticle nipper, nail buffer, and cuticle pusher in my kit or travel bag. Don’t over-cut cuticles, instead gently push them back and buff over them using a nail buffer. This will leave your cuticles smooth and clean, allowing your polish to go on without any bumps and increase your manicure’s longevity. Exfoliating your hands and nails once a week with a body, face, or hand scrub will help remove the dead skin around your nails. Keeping your hands and nails hydrated is very important, but if you don’t like the greasy feel of lotion, I recommend trying The Body Serum by Nécessaire. It’s a daily multi-hydration treatment for skin that absorbs quick, but it doesn’t leave an oily residue behind.”
Any advice for those that want to try DIY-ing nail art on themselves?
“Start by attempting a dot design or a French manicure. A simple design like this will help you practice having control with your brush. Build up from there attempting a negative space moon manicure or my connect the dots star manicure. Remember not to get discouraged, be patient, and the more you practice, the better you will get. I have some exciting news coming that I have been working on over the last year regarding brushes and tools for nail art.”
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