Meet Holly Falcone
on her morning routine
When it’s an early work day I have a very tight 30-minute routine. Sometimes even less if I snooze! I wash my face (Biologique Recherche Lotion P50) and put on eye cream and moisturizer,. When I get ready to go out, I like to measure my "out-the-door" time by songs. So usually it takes me a full album to get ready. I like to trick my friends and say “I'm leaving in 3 Drake songs.” Who knows how long those Drake songs actually are?
on being a manicurist
I always loved painting mine or my friends’ nails, until one day a photographer friend of mine, Ben Ritter, asked me to do nails on a photoshoot about female bodybuilders, called "Swole," for Vice Magazine. I was so nervous, but it was a success! From there, I met people who put me on more jobs and it grew! I started assisting some really awesome manicurists like Madeline Poole and Gina Edwards, and I finally found myself on the roster of Kate Ryan Inc.
I love my job. I love being in a new environment each time, and being a part of amazing creative teams. The downside is that nail polish options are endless... I drive myself crazy deciding between five shades of red that are exactly the same...and somehow I am constantly in need of new shades!
on finding her career
I’ve had a variety of jobs where I was either doing something creative or working with people. Most of the creative jobs I had dealt with jewelry so I learned to work on a small scale drawing and working with beads, stones, and metal findings. Doing nails now, I definitely notice myself applying skills I learned from those days. I’ve also had a lot of practice working with people from various shop jobs, styling, and production jobs. Working with people is definitely 50% of the talent as a set manicurist.
on her favorite shops
In New York, I’ll check in on vintage shops like Fox & Fawn, Mahps, and Stella Dallas. Occasionally, I’ll get something new at Reformation or Opening Ceremony. I also love the online convenience of ASOS. I could go on and on about shopping. There's definitely something I love about each and every retail institution from the dollar store to Bergdorf Goodman.
on her shopping habits
I shop on EBAY. Even though it’s insanely popular, there are still tricks and ways to get exactly what you want! I also believe that a woman's watchlist is a very sacred thing between her and those closest to her. I love it for vintage because I tend to love things from eras before my time or when I was too young to appreciate them. I also love thrifting. Chicago and Miami are hands down the best spots. Miami especially for vintage Versace.
on her beauty routine
My make up on work days is no fuss but still polished. Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, Diorskin Nude Concealer under my eyes, and mascara. Right now I'm obsessed with Dr. Perricone No Foundation Serum. I love to look a little glowy so I’ll dab argan oil or MAC strobe cream on my cheek bones as the last step. I use Dior Capture Dreamskin, Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray, Glossier Moon Mask.
When I go out, I’ll add MAC Lip Pencil, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Chanel Illusion D'Ombre, Marc Jacobs Beauty Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow, Chanel Le Rouge Collection Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow, and eyeliner to my routine. For hair, I’ll either do dry shampoo, Oribe Women's Dry Texturizing Spray, Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil, Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Styling Creme, or just water depending on what my hair looks like.
holly's tips for nail care
My #1 insider tip is to hydrate your cuticles! Coconut oil or cuticle oil (Essie Cuticle Oil or Deborah Lippmann)! Dab on some during the day and definitely overnight! If you’re in a pinch, lip balm (Lucas Papaw Ointment) works and gives nails a nice healthy glow. I can’t tell you how many times I have suggested Nailtiques Formula 2 to cure peeling nails and encourage growth and have had friends come back to me a few weeks later with the strongest, longest nails they’ve ever had. I’ve sworn by it for over 10 years!
holly's favorite books
holly's favorite places in nyc
Aire Ancient baths to chill out.