by Anne-Marie Guarnieri | April 4, 2011 | People
Tom Bachik with the legendary Coco Chanel
For a manicurist, Tom Bachik is something of an anomaly. The California native is every bit your type-A competitive dude: “Skateboard, snowboard—I pretend I surf, but it’s more like floundering on a board,” he says. “That kind of extreme Southern California lifestyle.” It’s not the typical CV of someone in the beauty business.
But he always had an artistic side, and his interest in graphic design and airbrushing got him off the surfboard and into nail school. After making a name for himself winning nail art competitions, Bachik, a married father of three, hooked up with an agency and started doing editorial work at a string of top national magazines.
Bachik often found himself on jobs with Chanel makeup artists who shared the brand’s latest colors with him, and he was hooked. He started calling in samples for his kit, using Chanel colors on his clients (who include Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé) and in print. It wasn’t long before Chanel tracked him down, and a partnership was born.
“One of the things I love about Chanel is that they don’t just come out with trendy colors—they set the color trends, and everybody else follows behind them,” Bachik says. “My goal is to get the colors out there, as much as possible, for everybody.”
Tom's Tricks of the Trade
Try a dry manicure: “Your nails are porous, and if you soak too long they can absorb the water and even change shape, which creates stress on the polish and can cause peeling and chipping.”
Go easy on the cuticles: “Use an orangewood stick and gently create a shape to the cuticle—don’t shove it back. I use a two-way buffer to exfoliate along the cuticle so the rough bits are smoothed off.”
Keep nails moisturized: “If you use a really good cuticle oil, like jojoba oil, it can keep your nails moist and flexible. Hard nails chip, flake and crack.”
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photograph by christopher kilkus for alyssa pizer management (bachik)