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


It’s formally #vaxedgirlsummer and salons are open and prepared for our grand return. And this much-anticipated reopening isn’t the one purpose OPI is celebrating proper now: This 12 months marks the model’s fortieth anniversary, and on a Zoom assembly at present, cofounder Suzi Weiss-Fleischmann mirrored on the early days. “The model’s first product was Acrylic Nails, and I went up and down Ventura Boulevard in LA handing it out to nail salons, they usually liked it.”

Then in 1989, OPI launched Nail Lacquer with 30 shades, a few of that are nonetheless within the model’s assortment at present. And if you happen to’ve at all times been curious what OPI stands for, there’s a humorous rationalization: It truly stands for Odontorium Merchandise, Inc, which was a dental provider Weiss-Fleischmann labored with in LA when she was within the dental trade previous to her lightbulb nail second. “We didn’t know higher, so we took the initials OPI, and really at our first commerce present, we wore these buttons that mentioned ‘What’s OPI?’ and that was the discuss of the present.”

Becoming a member of within the celebration is actress and OPI inventive ambassador Kerry Washington, who calls Weiss-Fleischmann “my First Girl 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 stunning shades, together with a shade that was named for my daughter—Contained in the Isabelletway. Additionally, the shade We the Feminine continues to be a model favourite to today and I’m so happy with that. I wore it for Worldwide Ladies’s Day, which was so becoming.”

Washington credit her mother together with her love of nail care. “She is any person who has taught me a lot about self-care. She’s a retired professor, and she or he wasn’t a glamorous or flashy particular person rising up, however she would splurge each week on a manicure and she or he’d at all times care for her arms and nails. I really feel like getting my nails achieved is a ritual that I’ve discovered from my mom and that I’ve taken on to assist me be ok with myself. I are usually extra basic in my vogue and sweetness area, however I like having enjoyable with nails.”

This summer season, 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 large debut. “I like Cozu-melted within the Solar—it’s such an attractive pink for summer season and it has such enjoyable shine and sparkle, which I like. I’m undoubtedly going to a seaside, and I can see Cozu-melted within the Solar on my toes within the sand. It could be my go-to seaside colour this summer season. It’s so female, fairly and gentle, however it additionally has some magic to it.”

The yellow hue Solar, Sea, and Sand in My Pants from the Lisbon assortment is one other one among her go-tos this season. “It’s simply so shiny, and summer season is a time to experiment extra with colour. It’s additionally actually nice for detailing too in nail artwork—it simply layers so superbly.” For pastels, she favors basic Gelato on My Thoughts, and for reds, “as a local New Yorker, after all Huge Apple Purple.”

In the summertime nail pattern division, Washington says there’s one she actually needs to strive. “One I’ve been seeing loads that I haven’t tried but is to make your nails seem like berries—it’s very a lot the food-oriented pattern. I hold taking a look at all the gorgeous reds and pinks and feeling like I ought to make some strawberry nails. However I additionally actually love the mismatched nails. I really feel like all people is absolutely gravitating towards not having each nail look the identical, and that for me is absolutely enjoyable, particularly for summer season. Something goes—that is the time to play!”

Weiss-Fleischmann’s high picks this summer season are bright-pink Strawberry Margarita, one other basic, and purples and lavenders, which she says trending large proper now: “I like Pompeii Purple after I need one thing just a little deeper and extra attractive; lilac has been the pattern shade for spring and summer season, and appears superb on nails and toes. And I can’t neglect Cajun Shrimp, which is among the unique shades from 30 years in the past that was within the New Orleans assortment and got here from my love of Cajun meals after I visited there.”

So far as gel versus conventional nail lacquer, Washington prefers a mixture of the 2. “I feel that when I’ve extra time, I love to do lacquer as a result of then I can change extra continuously. I like to have the ability to have that flexibility. However I do need to say that since getting into mother life, gel is a lifesaver. As a working mother, if I’ve to sit down round and have my nails dry for a very long time, it’s simply powerful. And as a mother, you’re working along with your arms on a regular basis. I are inclined to do lacquer on my toes as a result of I often give these extra time and I can put some slippers on and allow them to air-dry, however on my arms I are inclined to do gel.”

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