Woodbury, Minn.-based nail tech Crystal Hoang was drawn to Jeff Goldblum for her Celebrity Face-Off entry because of his unique personality. “First of all, his favorite color is ‘rainbow’ and therefore he doesn’t discriminate against any color, and as an artist I can appreciate that,” she says. “He has a natural sense of humor and charisma that is spontaneous and I love anything he does! Plus, aesthetically he is a joy to paint.” Hoang is an experienced artist both in the salon and out. “I’ve done art my whole life and I love using all kinds of mediums,” she says. With eight years of nail experience, she enjoys bringing her artistic energies to nail art as well.
To create her portrait of Goldblum, Hoang used gel-polish and a trusty old striping brush. “I’ve been using it for five years,” she says. “I just can’t get myself to use anything else!” She started with an outline in a light color, then cured each detail layer by layer until it was time to top coat. It took lots of patience to achieve the detailed art. “He took me about four hours over the course of a few days in between clients,” she says.
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