I remember nodding my head in agreement as I read nail tech and blogger Maggie’s
rant about how the phrase celebrity manicurist doesn’t refer to a manicurist who’s a celebrity herself
but to a manicurist who has celebrities for clients. As a writer, I’m bothered by that misnomer too.
But the funny thing is, with nails being the “It” beauty category right now
, I’m starting to see crossover of celebrity manicurists actually becoming celebrities in their own right.
At a press event at an Ulta in Burbank, Calif., earlier this week, I saw this store display of press-on nails — note how the product packaging, the shelf talkers, and really every aspect of the display focus of the nail designer, celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees. I personally love this! Kimmie loves it too. She told me, “People from where I grew up in Ohio will see this product on the shelves, then instantly text me, or take a photo of themselves by the display and message it to me.” Now if that isn’t the start of celebrity status, then I don’t know what is!
The idea behind these nails is it’s a way for the everyday woman to get the nails celebrities have worn for their own collection. For instance, there are three glitter nails (essentially “rock star
” fingernails) , the red one was inspired by the nails Kimmie did for Rihanna for the July cover of Cosmopolitan
. The adorable black polka dots on pink design was inspired by nails Kimmie did for Katy Perry.
I opted for the teal glitter nails, and they look amazing. I’m hoping neighbors will ask about them, so I can talk up one of our industry’s budding celebrities.
Event photography by Tiffany Kyees