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 4: ibd
I chose Titanic, specifically the scene where the ship is sinking and Jack and Rose are fighting for their lives in the ocean. Even though Jack saved Rose’s life when she tried to jump off the ship, she could not save his life, allowing him to slip away into the freezing, deep blue waters. In my version of a love story gone wrong, I left the Heart of the Ocean necklace to sink with Jack in the deep blue waters, to represent their love that will never be. Ibd has an amazing builder hard gel which was used to create most of my piece. I also used several colors of their Just Gel Polish to paint the creation, finishing it off with the China Glaze embellishments, which pulled it all together perfectly.
Week 3: LeChat
Upon searching the internet for ideas, I came across a photo of Zeus and Hera, and I was instantly mesmerized by their beauty, maybe even a little obsessed. I began by sketching the design on the nail, going hard in the paint haha, and when getting to a point where things are coming along then I gel top coat, cure, and lightly buff to a matte finish, and keep repeating the layering. This adds dimension and helps with smooth transitions and shadowing. Zeus and Hera took me roughly 14 hours to complete, and are on only double the nail bed length of tips, the size of a dime! Since I wanted the focus to be on some of my best portrait work, I wanted to keep the other nails soft and cohesive with beautiful flowing skies and heaven, of which Zeus and Hera are the King and Queen, tying them together as a stunning Perfect Match.
Week 2: Akzentz
Akzentz supplied us with some amazing products for this challenge, including their Trinity clear Pro-Formance gel, so I knew I wanted to include some negative space after sculpting a set of custom press-ons with the gel to show off how crystal clear it is! Not to mention, with the chrome Pearlescent Powders and Gel Play glitters, I couldn’t help but think of the Golden Age of Hollywood, in particular, Marilyn Monroe! I have always loved her sense of elegance, sex appeal, and class, and that is what comes to mind when I think of Akzentz as a company and their products. Keeping in mind that we were very limited to using embellishments, and with receiving all the amazing glitters and colors, I would use those and the gel art powder to create my own! I wanted to use all the colors we were supplied with and create new and wearable concepts to showcase the possibilities with their products.
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.