My name is Emily, and I’m 29 years old with fur babies. For me, the nail industry has changed my life forever. I feel that finding my passion so early on in life really sets be apart from others. Having a passion for art outside of the nail world helped mold who I am as a nail artist
Welcome to Nailandia! A mystical and magical place where everything is nail related. A world where flying nail lamp helicopters soar the sky and black file panthers roam the ground. Sparkling nail polish fairies dance among the wildlife and flowers. And the rivers flow with glistening blue glitter water. Where you can take a trip to Glitter Falls to witness this beautiful water yourself. Doesn’t that sound like a place to be?
I wanted to paint a scene like a movie. I drew my inspiration from places like Pandora, where everything is out of this world and very fictional.
Everything in my set is created completely out of nail products, except for the rhinestones, obviously. I love challenging myself to use exclusively the products provided. To really embody what Nailandia would be, completely nails right? I used mostly Brisa and Plexi gel to sculpt most of my set. Gel isn’t your typical 3D building medium, however it was so fun to use!
I wanted my vision of Nailandia to be a place everyone would want to take a trip to and I hope I did just that!
For this challenge I chose the summer 2018 collection Boho Spirit to reinvent in my own futuristic and modernized way, keeping the colors close to the original, but switching up the boho henna design.
I created gold accents on all 5 nails, detaching the tip of the nail and reattaching it with art and rings. This could be a fun and new futuristic nail art trend in the future! I wanted to give my design more of an edgy take on the whole boho theme so that is why I added the gold accents.
Because we had to have the nails wearable, I reinforced all the rings and art elements holding the tips together with the wonderful strong plexi-gel. Plus it wouldn’t be an Emily design true to herself without the edge and modern take!
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For our challenge this week, CND Solar Oil was the focus, and because Solar Oil is for the cuticles, we were asked to create nail art at the lunula of all 10 fingers. The Lunula (the white part at the cuticle portion of the nail) meaning “little moon,” our artwork was to be celestial inspired. We also had to use Brisa gel to do all enhancements and 3D elements.
For my artwork I chose to do the zodiacs of my five earth bound godchildren (I have another on the way!) on one hand. My god babies are my sun and moon and stars and mean the world to me, I felt like this would be the perfect thing to represent.
Each nail on one hand represents a zodiac. I used Brisa gel pure white to paint in 3D the symbol of the zodiac in the lunula area. And also using the Brisa gel, I made the corresponding constellation for the zodiac and attached it to the nail.
For the other hand I made the ruling planet for each zodiac at the lunula. With two of the zodiacs having the same ruling planet, I painted the moon to tie it all together. I added gold pigment to the clear Brisa gel to add detail and a sunburst effect to tie both hands together!
Receiving this challenge I knew I had to have something edgy and different. Going into research I had no idea what I was looking for. Mainly something that included beading, stitching or embroidery. Which landed me on the haute couture designers Viktor and Rolf. Founded in 1993, they have spent more that 20 years pushing the boundaries of couture and bridge the divide between fashion and art.
I fell in love with their art of fashion. Collection after collection I realized that they were weren’t normal couture designers. I’m an artist myself, outside of nails, so I can appreciate how different their collections were. I chose the 2015 spring collection because of one piece specifically, the embroidery that floated off the side of the dress. Embroidery usually is sewn onto fabric so this made me think, this is an interesting way to display embroidery. Not only did they have 3D embroidery, but the other side also had 3D flowers flowing off it. And a straw hat to complete the look. I wasn’t sure if doing all black and white with a pop of gold would fail my idea but I feel like it’s just enough with all the fine line detail!
I wanted to share my personal journey in self-love. The three words I chose are Careful, Natural and Decided.
Careful: Making sure of avoiding potential danger, mishap, or harm; cautious.
In my journey to finding comfort and love in my own skin and body, I wasn’t always as confident as I am now. Careful describes how I used to hide myself in clothes or makeup. I was always careful I wasn’t showing too much legs, careful in making sure you couldn’t see I had a stomach. I lived for SO long thinking, “Omg, people know I have a body.” A careful little caterpillar, hiding in a world before its final form.
Natural: Relating to nature; characterized by freedom of artificiality
It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I started to experiment with what I was comfortable in or realizing I didn’t need to do a bunch of makeup to feel like myself. I started to feel more natural to myself and finally started coming out of my cocoon.
Decided: Definite; without question or doubt; free from hesitation.
Now almost 30 years old, I have this confidence that I never knew I could have. I chose the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly to show my personal journey in loving who I truly am. I’m still bright and bold and different and beautiful just like a butterfly.
My whole idea of camouflaging the words within the different elements was the symbolism of you never know someone’s journey by looking at them, you have to sometimes search a little to find the truth.