I’m 28 years old, a single mom to twins, and I have been doing nails for two years now. This is not just a job for me – It’s meditation. I feel free when I am being a nail artist, because it allows me to immerse, express, and be truly myself. I enjoy watching an idea come to life and to get an emotional reaction. If I have an idea that I can’t perfect, it bugs me and I’ll keep going until I “nail” it. I love the technical, challenging, and innovative parts in making nails. Therefore, I never do the same set twice, unless I can develop on it.
This is my second go at NAILS Next Top Nail Artist and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to compete amongst these amazing artists. So let’s have fun!
Week 1: CND
We were asked to create a wearable flat design that complements one of the nail designs on the runway of Libertine SS18. I chose the tassel look, because it instantly caught my eyes. I was thinking “How cute are those little hula-dancers with hibiscus in their hair,” but with a closer look I noticed that it wasn’t at all cute, but psychedelic pills and death! That inspired me to do Hawaii skulls. At first I made very realistic hibiscus flowers, but then I realized that this was waaay too polished for the cool Libertine style, so I decided to start all over and create a more distressed, contrasting, funky, dark theme, but only using happy shades of Shellac. I felt that black was way too obvious for skulls. I made the thumbnails face together, symbolizing the last two standing in the competition. As an artist, I like things to be perfect, so I often redo my lines over and over again, but for this challenge I wanted to let my brush talk and make the flaws be the beauty of the design, while making the surface of the nails flat and shiny like glass. I handcrafted the tassel chain bracelet ending in a spike ring for it to match the complete look.