Olive Oyl Loves: Talking Nail Art with Valerie Star


Actress Zooey Deschanel has been quoted as saying, “I don’t like plain nails. I get sad.” After what seemed like an endless winter, I have to agree with her. So, here it is,  it is mani-pedi season and I’m all in a dither about keeping my hands and feet in tip-top shape.


Before my next trip to the nail salon, I decided to call on makeup and beauty expert, Valerie Star, for her advice on the latest trends in nail art and polish colors.

Here’s what she had to say…

Olive:  What are the hot colors for nails right now?

Valerie:  Bright colors are big right now. I love the colors in Zoya’s Spring Collection. The Zoya brand is amazing and as natural as nail polish can be. It is safe for pregnant
women to use and it’s vegan friendly.

Olive:  I lam a big fan of Zoya too! What nail trends are you seeing and trying?

Valerie: The biggest trend is all about the nail art. Have fun with your nails! It is the little touches to your overall look that bring everything together.


Olive:  How often do you color your own nails?

Valerie:  I’m obsessed with doing my own nails. I end up doing mine with something fun and unique at least 2-3 times a week.

Olive: Wow, that’s frequent! I’m lucky if I get my nails done every two weeks! Do you paint your fingers and toes the same color or do you mix it up?

Valerie: I personally like to keep them the same. I do a lot of nail art on myself. If the base color is, let’s say blue with art on top, I will do my toes in that blue and maybe just the big toe with the same pattern. Or, I will paint my toes with a French manicure using the color pallette from my fingers’ nail art.

Olive:  Do you have any cool nail art suggestions for my friends and I?

Valerie:  For you, I have been working on some fun nautical themes for your nails. In shades of blues, reds, greens and golds. Are you feeling nautical? Try this!



Olive:  I LOVE it! You are always full of surprises. Speaking of surprises, let’s play a game! I’ll say a word or phrase and give me your immediate response and thoughts…GO!

Color blocking?

Valerie: Okay…Circles, square, triangles oh my…

Olive: Textured nails?

Valerie: Caviars and velvets.

Olive: Um…I don’t know what that means precisely, but…next question! Crackle look?

Valerie: So last season.

Olive: Ouch! Chalkboard nails?

Valerie: Makes me think of the sound when someone runs their nails down a chalkboard…ugh!

Olive: Sorry! I heard it’s an actual trend. LED nail polish?

Valerie: Not big on the gel polishes: 1) LED polish contains very harsh chemicals and 2) It can mess up your nail bed.

Olive: Nail shapes: round or square?

Valerie: I go for a shorter square shape. I don’t like very long nails or fake looking nails.

Olive: O.K. I’m getting tired. Last question! Who does nail art better: Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry?

Valerie: Zooey hands (nails) down!

Olive: Well played, my friend! Put it here!

Valerie: Girl, you really need to invest in a good hand cream!

valeriestar1About Valerie Star
Valerie Star is a jane of all trades: makeup artistry, SFX makeup, hair styling, fashion/wardrobe/prop-set styling and makeup training. She works her craft in print, film, video, multi-media, fashion, editorial,
runway and headshots. Valerie began her career in 1995 as a regional makeup artist with a renowned cosmetic line. A versatile artist with a unique style and an eye for color, Valerie creates fresh, beautiful, flawless looks, ranging from clean and minimal to avant-garde.


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