When clients choose me for their professional manicuring needs, they know that behind my huge smile they are getting more than just my honest friendship, confidence, and fun, they are getting years of artistic experience. I’ve always had a competitive and extremist nature, ranging from running, snowmobiling, figure competing, to cooking, and now as a Nails Magazine Next Top Nail Artist competitor, that began last year with Season 4! Artistic abilities have always run through my veins. Having the ability to work confidently with all nail mediums, I am anxious to see the best of what this season will bring out of me. With the help of social media, I am able to keep my family and friends excited about all the challenges and voting in the contest, leaving them wanting more and more as they see my growth as an artist, all while educating them on new products and techniques. Let’s get the NAILS NTNA party started!
Week 1: CND
CND and NAILS Magazine asked us to create a wearable 2-D version of nail tips on two hands inspired by New York Fashion Week’s Libertine Spring/Summer 2018 collection, along with a look on the fingers to complement our design. From barbed wire, lava lamps, pills with doses of fabulousness, to flowers, I knew exactly what kind of “colorful trip” I would take this challenge on! Using myself as the hand model, I began by giving myself a fresh and clean-looking Shellac manicure and fitted my nails with clear press-on tips. Then the party began! I used many fun and easy wearable techniques, from multicolored Shellac ombré bases to making an ombré twist on CND’s Global Brand Ambassador Winnie Huang’s coral gel-polish technique for my lava lamp details. And we can’t forget about the “doses of fabulousness” complete with CND’s matte finish gel top coat and dots galore! To entwine it all together, I created a “trippy” style flower ring, made with craft wire, wood glue, Vinylux polish, Shellac lava lamp pieces, and some Swarovski Crystal bling. Last season, I was in the CND Last Chance Challenge and had to create a nail to clash with Tracey Lee’s winning set that week, which I also won! To pay some homage to her as my fellow NTNA sista and her runway nail designs, I finalized my look with a handmade lava lamp ring, made from all nail products, once again entwining everything together with more barbed wire.