I am originally from Korea, and spent most of my teenage life in New Zealand where I found my love and appreciation for art in general. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area 11 years ago and now California is my home. My multicultural background is very important, and I try to represent the best of both Eastern and Western cultures professionally and personally.
My main focus at the salon is practicing safe services for my clients’ natural nail and general health every day. However, coming from a fine arts background, my approach to nail art sometimes isn’t very traditional because I don’t have much experience in doing nails. But I find my lack of experience helpful to figure out my own way to recreate current and new nail trends. I am excited to challenge myself to overcome my own limits and grow with fellow contestants to raise the nail industry standards higher and better.
Week 1: CND
The set of nails on the Libertine runway from NYFW S/S 2018 were mostly very elaborate 3-D designs with lots of colors and nail jewelries. I wanted to transfer the vibrant and whimsical looks of those designs on to a flat surface to still be reminiscent of the fun and crazy feel of the Libertine runway. I have decided to create pop art-inspired wearable sets in shapes and shades of colors from the Libertine runway nails — my very own Haute Pop nails.
For the black-out background shapes, I chose to recreate the shapes of the Libertine runway nails. Bird skulls, spoon nails, skeletor nails, and Gaga claws were my major inspiration for these shapes. The backgrounds are created over clear tips for dimension, with white as a base for the bright colors for more contrast. I also cut the tip of a couple of nails into reverse V shapes for the accents. One pinky nail was created with an extra-long stiletto tip with a reversed spoon-shaped background. The purpose of the different nail shapes and lengths was to create a little haute-drama for the entire look.
I added bright colors using a fine striping brush, dotting tool, and makeup sponges, and used small hex holo glitter chunks to mimic crystals to add extra dimension to the design. Then I outlined some designs using black, white, and silver as a finishing touch to give a little more depth to my designs and give the illusion of a 3-D look for the overall nail design. For the jewelries, I used safety pins, wires, chains, seed beads, and crystals to recreate runway nails in jewelry items to complement and tie all my nail designs together, while they still remain very Libertine-crazy and fun. My final look, in my opinion, is a great interpretation of Libertine runway nails in everyday nail design for anyone around us, including myself.