I’ve been licensed for 12 years now and it wasn’t until six years ago that I really began to love my career. I was feeling burnt out and I hadn’t found myself until I embraced my love for nail art! Since then, I’m pretty damn proud of myself for exceeding obstacles I never dreamed I could conquer, such as my third acceptance into NTNA and owning my own private business, which is essentially my second home. I’m constantly challenging myself and am excited every day to come to work because I have no idea what I might be painting or creating.
Week 2: Akzentz
I wanted to create a stunning, eye catching design that shows technique and cleanliness. I was drawn to take my inspiration from the roaring 20’s era. The products I was given included some gorgeous chromes, silvers, and golds. These colors reminded me of flapper dresses and Art Deco and so my inspiration was born. I used silver and gold Akzentz Gel-play to create crisp, clean lines, and Akzentz stunning gold pearlescent powder throughout my five nails. I knew I wanted to create a 3-D center piece using the hard gel to really grab attention to this set as well. So for this challenge, I created a look with designs using clean straight lines with a classy feel and that cool Art Deco edge.
Week 1: CND
Runway to NTNA
I wanted to push the limits, so I chose looks that I saw on the actual clothing, the material, and the 3-D art on the nails and did a combination of it all. So when I say I wanted to “push the limits” a bit, I decided I wanted a look from 10 different inspirations that were on the top of one nail and the bottom of another. I wanted to show technique in painting the same design on both a convex and concave surface. Lastly, with all the crazy 3-D nails that were all over the runway, I chose to take items such as safety pins and mini tassels, and I sculpted a bird’s skull, all of which I used to create pieces of jewelry. And finally, I painted a little more art on my model using some white fashion henna and dusted it with chrome for the final effect. The nails I made represent my interpretation of NYFW 2018.