I am an artist, illustrator, licensed cosmetologist and YouTuber from the Washington DC metropolitan area. I’ve always had an interest in nail art since I was 14 years old. During high school, I took cosmetology courses and I got my license right after and went to art school. I majored in Illustration with a minor in Fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
After college, I started my YouTube channel in 2019, in which I produce art and beauty related content. I also have my own talk show on my channel called Nails and Beauty Talk where I talk to the world’s top and well-known beauty professionals around the world.
One of the things that sets me apart is that my artwork is very expressive and unique. My artwork is very colorful and I enjoy taking my art and applying it to different avenues other than nails but also to clothes, body painting and illustrations.
Another thing that sets me apart is that not only am I creative, I’m also a person who loves to learn new things and loves to connect with others, and I’m willing to learn more everyday about the nail industry. I am willing to grow and push my nail artistry to higher heights and be inspired by other artists around the world.
Back to the Future
For this challenge, I chose the 2019 Prismatic Collection from CND. The thing I like about the nail art within the ad was that it was so colorful and fun! The bright colors attracted my eye and I wanted to incorporate the vibrant palette into the nails.
What I noticed about this collection was not only the colors, but the name as well that has the word “Prism” in it! When you shine a glass prism with natural or white light, rays of color appear, which I find very cool.
For the nail set, instead of going with a graffiti type design like in the ad, I wanted to do a textile pattern design as well as a quilt pattern patchwork design as accent nails. Another form of art that I enjoy exploring is texile and pattern design. During college, I learned so much about creating patterns as well as ways to create a textile design!
A technique that I wanted to use for the nails was one of my favorite techniques of all time, the stippling technique, which is a type of art technique used in traditional art. Stippling adds very intricate detail and depth into a work of art. For the nails I used solely Vinylux. I began sketching all of my designs using the stippling method to create a diamond shaped design with an abstract twist throughout the nails. When you look at quilts, what’s interesting is that they are different sizes of patches, colors and patterns that make one cohesive blanket. The quilt style of art was something that I wanted to include in the nails as well as different colored patches.
This nail set was such a fun set to work on, stippling is something I love doing in my artwork and when you create intricate detail, it brings your work to life!
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For the third challenge, I wanted to do not only galaxy style nail art but also include astronomical zodiac signs as well as planets in the solar system for the nail set.
This set took me around 12 plus hours to do. What I wanted to do is to create a stiletto shaped nail and have the lunula of the nail have a 3D effect. For the lunula and the entire nail set I wanted to showcase different zodiac signs which include Scorpio, Cancer, Aquarius, Gemini, Sagittarius, just to name a few.
For the galaxy, I used CND Vinylux as well as creating the illustrations for each zodiac sign. Then, I wanted to create a solar system of planets that would tie the entire nail piece together. I used aluminum foil to make the spheres and dipped each one into the Brisa gel.
After building the spheres I drilled holes to each sphere so that way it can attach to the gold wire to make the solar system. To make sure the spheres fitted to the wire, I used a needle to stick through the holes so they have an opening for placing them through the wire. I colored each planet with the colors of how they looked in the solar system. Then on the gold wire, I organized each planet from closest to the sun to farthest from the sun.
The design was placed onto the middle finger to tie the entire set together to make it have an astronomical, celestial feel. I really enjoyed making this set. It was such a tedious but awesome experience to build all the nails and planets. To have that ability to push myself to make things I’ve never made before, that’s what made the journey of creating this set a whole lot better.
For this set, I wanted to do a texture-based nail design inspired by one of Theirry Mugler’s iconic looks called La Chimere, which was a fashion look that was created in 1997 for fall/winter. I wanted to embody the textures that he had included within the design ranging from the scale embroidery, the hair textures, and feathers.
This fashion piece has a very fantasy creature style, and it reminds me of a beautiful Fantasy Sea Dragon. Thierry Mugler is well known for his perfumes and haute couture looks. His work was in George Michael’s Too Funky, which was released in 1992. He has also done work with celebrities ranging from Demi Moore, Cardi B, Naomi Campbell to Beyonce. His work was not only unique and pleasing to the eye, but his work was very avantgarde and high fashion.
He was one of the game changers when it came down to pushing fashion to higher heights and breaking the glass ceiling. For this set, I used not only glitter, I also used beads as well as CND products such as Plexigel, Retention Plus, Shellac, Vinylux and CND top coats ranging from glitter to Duraforce for this set.
For the embroidery elements, I wanted to do the scales with CND Plexigel. After filing and shaping each scale, I painted them with CND shellac and used glitter to have an opulent effect. I also added both eyelash hair and hair extension hairs to the nails. For the middle fingers, I wanted one nail to represent the feathers of the garment and another to represent the pattern. For the ring fingers, I used size 10 and 11 beads to create a design based on the colors of the garment. For the headpiece ring, I used Retention Plus Acrylic and Plexigel and used gold nail powder.
A to Z CND
For my nail mural, the 3 words I wanted to use are Chic, Nostalgia and Devoted.
The very first word is Chic. The reason as to why I chose this word is because I love dressing up and putting together cool outfits. I would describe my fashion style as very urban, colorful, and unique.
My dad was the reason why I love fashion. He always encouraged me to be presentable while being unique and expressive with what I wear. We would always look at fashion shows and get inspired by designers around the world.
For this word, I wanted to do a character self portrait of me showcasing my fashion style wearing a turtleneck, hoop earrings, cool glasses and a denim jacket.
The second word that I chose is Nostalgia. I chose Nostalgia because when you look at the word nostalgia, the words that associate with it are remembrance and reminisce. I wanted to create a time machine because it’s a representation of how far I’ve come in my life, career and looking towards to the future.
When I was a kid, I had to go through physical and speech therapy, and I didn’t start talking until I was in the 1st grade. Also, I remember how much I have achieved such as winning my first competition and being in NailPro Magazine expressing my love for nails at the age of 15.
The last word I chose is Devoted. I chose this word because I am so passionate about the business and artistry of the nail industry. I love connecting and networking with others, getting to know people’s story and knowledge, learning techniques and new trends. For Devoted I chose to illustrate a flower called Alstromeria, which is a Peruvian Lily native to South America that symbolizes Devotion.
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