Carla Kay is one of Hollywood’s hottest pedicurists with clients including Ashlee Simpson and Gwen Stefani. She joins us and shares some great tips and tricks.

How did you end up being one of LA’s most sought after pedicurist?
I feel like I’m the most sought after because my pedicures last up to 6 weeks without the polish chipping, a pedicure should be painless and my clients are always saying how gentle I am.

You are a spokesperson for Implus for Her which is a footwear accessory company. What is your favorite product from this brand?
I am a spokesperson for Implus and they have great products, it’s hard to pin point one favorite because it depends on the problem i’m having at the time, when I put on my 3 inch high heels my favorite would be the steppie it covers the entire ball of my foot so I can enjoy those shoes without the pain, or if I buy a shoe that is rubbing my heel I can put the hug my heel inside my shoe and never get a blister again. I also love the sugar scrub because it really moisterizes my legs and leaves them looking fresh.

” I get to work with alot of creative people and sometimes I really don’t feel like I’m at work on alot of the jobs I get called for”

You also work at The Bungalow in Melrose Place, LA. What is the most requested service at this salon?
The most requested service at the Bungalow Salon where I work is pedicures and Pink and White Acrylic Nails, I use the most natural looking Acrylic by Tammy Taylor and cleints can go 3 to 4 weeks before they have to see me again.

You have worked with many celebrities such as Ashlee Simpson and Gwen Stefani, what’s involved in a full service celebrity pedicure?
When I am with a celebrity like Gwen or Ashlee, they like to get manicures which involve pushing cuticles back cleaning the nails and massage and of course a great color to finish off with. Their pedicures are normally the best part because they can sit back and not think of anything but feeling good while I’m giving them a pedicure, they especially enjoy the massage the most.

What is the hottest nail color this fall?
The hottest color for fall will be our great Vamp colors and Browns

Girls love high heels, how can they make this passion pain-free?
Girls definitly love there high heels and you can definitly wear them without the pain our steppie’s cover the entire ball of foot which will cushion your feet in those high heels, sometimes we will get a burning sensation after being in those shoes and this insert will aliviate the pain, as we get older we lose the fat pads in our feet so it is very important to protect our feet and use these as a perventative towards the future of wear and tear on our feet.

Carla was manicurist for Jennifer Lopez’s “Play” music video

Which nail color polish matches well with wooden platform shoes?
Red would be a great color with wooden platform shoes and depending on your skin tone you would choose blue base red if you have more olive under tone and an orange red if your more on the fair side. But with wooden platform shoes you could pull of many colors, like fuschia, pinks, soft whites etc.

What tips can you give us for the perfect at-home-pedicure?
For the perfect at home pedicure, I like to keep my implements in my bathroom, I first remove old polish and jump into the tub after soaking for awhile I push back the cuticles with an orange wood stick, it’s easier to push them because you’ve been soaking them for awhile, then I take my foot file and gently file off the calluse make sure you do not take off too much we need some of them to protect our feet if you take off to much this is going to be very painful after, I dry off and file my nails straight across rounding the edges just a bit. Apply a base coat wait a minute then apply color finishing with a top coat but also allow a few minutes in between coats.Or if you just had a pedicure done at a salon after a week you could apply a top coat to bring back the shine and apply cuticle oil or olive oil so your cuticles look fresh, you could also mantain your calluses by filing them once a week especially the heel area so there not cracking and always apply cream to them.

Truth or myth, you must shake a nail polish bottle before applying?
You should shake your bottle of polish because it will mix up the color sometimes you will see a bottle that has sat for awhile and the top part is clear and the color will seperate.

Pedicure for men, hot or not?
Pedicure for men is a must, its a part of the body that they sometimes forget it’s not just for women it’s part of your health as well men also build up calluses and these need to be maintained as well as women, maybe skip the clear polish on a mans pedicure, if those men who have never had one realized how great it feels they would get them more often.

What is your favorite aspect of your work?

I have many favorite aspects of my job, I get to work with alot of creative people and sometimes I really don’t feel like I’m at work on alot of the jobs I get called for, I feel very fortunate to be in this postion. I enjoy working at the salon and being in that enviroment as well my cleints make me feel great, they always thank me and tell me how great they feel after, and that is why I got into doing nails, I feel great when someone else feels great.

What other passions do you have besides pedicure?
One of my passions is painting on canvas and charcoal drawings, I only have one painting I have done in my house my dad and mom have everything else, I am very hard on myself as an artist and when I see it years later at my parents house I can appreciate it more that way, if I had to see it every day I would be pointing out all of my mistakes, and I love to paint maybe that’s one of the reason I got into nails.

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