Full Name: Lavette Cephus
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Salon: Beautè Asylum
Preferred Nail Art Medium: Acrylic, polish, acrylic paints
Favorite Nail Trend: Handpainted detailed nail art, nail bling, 3-D art, and stiletto nails

I have been doing nails for seven years, and it’s so much more than work. I have a true and deep passion for nails. I love designing nails. I’m always trying to find the next new thing in the nail world, and I’m always eager to learn more. My clients ask and I deliver above and beyond their expectations.

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Week 2: Bio Seaweed Gel


For this challenge I could not stop thinking about creating fish scales in 3-D on a nail because I wanted to challenge myself. I thought of a book that I read when I was younger “The Rainbow Fish.” So after creating the fish I had to think about what else can I incorporate into this design? I figured I would have a man catching this beautiful rainbow fish. The two nails to the right of the fish create the scene from which the rainbow fish was caught. There is a school of black and yellow fish fleeing from a shark. So this left me with one nail to create and I thought I’d add another person in the boat with the fisherman. She is spotting a beautiful treasure along the shore. This was very challenging for me because I have never sculpted with gels before.


Click here to see a video of how Lavette created these nails.

Week 1: Young Nails


So after re-sketching my design approximately five different times and attempting and finishing one design with the caption “never look back,” I was just not satisfied. My friends say I am hard on myself, but I just want to make sure I am submitting the best work possible. Then my best friend asked me, “Why don’t you use your motto you made up when you opened your salon?” This was perfect. So this design was finished in about 19 hours broken up over a few days — and with a few redo’s. So the nails I am submitting to you today are inspired by my salon’s name Beautè Asylum and my motto/caption, which is “Crazy About Beautè.” Beautè is the French spelling for beauty. I went with this because I feel like all women are pretty crazy about beauty. So to explain the nails: I drew a woman who is obviously crazy about beauty, so crazy she’s pulling at her hair with all of the beauty thoughts bursting out of her head.