If you are looking for a trendy manicure then look no further! Ashton is not your average nail tech. She specializes in a large variety of nail art. Whether it’s chrome, 3-D, or bling, Ashton is your girl. However her detailed hand-painting is truly what sets her apart. Ashton’s creative eye and love for asymmetrical balance allows her to turn nails into works of art. She has been a licensed nail tech for eight years, is a self-taught artist and she is currently working in Las Vegas. Her nail art has been featured in various magazines as well as in the tourist guidebook 100 Things To Do In Las Vegas Before You Die. Ashton pours her soul into every set of nails, and it certainly comes through in her work.
Week 1: CND
I was drawn to Libertine’s bird skull nails right away, and because of all the floral prints and pill capsule nails, I decided to base my set on plague doctors. During the Bubonic plague, which was believed to be an airborne disease, doctors wore bird-like masks and filled the beak with herbs and flowers as a preventative measure to keep them from breathing in the “bad air.” I painted the plague doctor’s masks and added floral nails to show how the masks were used.
Like armor, the plague doctor’s outfits were designed to protect them from many elements, so I added distressed chrome nails to represent that. These outfits have now been adapted into biocontainment/ hazmat suits so I also incorporated the modern biohazard symbol into this set. Because France was one of the countries hit the hardest during the bubonic plague, I decided to add some French manicure nails into my design. Because this is also a challenge pertaining to fashion week, I chose to shape my smile lines to reflect standard necklines from the mediaeval period. To decorate the fingers I used my favorite chain accessories. I chose this to complement the chains on the bird skull nails, and kept them to a minimum to not detract from the nail design.