Question 1: How long have you been a nail technician and how did you start out?
I have been doing nails as an on-set session manicurist since 2012. My friend owns a nail polish brand so I had been leading her team at the shows since about 2007. I was really falling in love with it and decided to take a chance and pursue manicuring full-time. I quit my corporate job, got an agent, went to nail school and five years later, here I am!
Question 2: What’s your favorite experience being a nail technician so far?
One of my favorites is when I was booked to shoot the cover of Garage magazine with Patrick Demarchelier, Charlotte Stockdale, Pat McGrath and Jimmy Paul. That's a pretty legendary team and it was really exciting to be a part of it. Another favorite has to be the two times I've painted Scarlett Johansson for Saturday Night Live. You can feel the energy in the air at 30 Rock and it's really amazing to have one of the cast members come into the dressing room and rehearse a skit with her. You're in the thick of this classic New York moment and that's priceless.
I can't think of any least favorite moments or jobs; I'm lucky that my job is practically perfect. The one downside would be having to do trips when it's cold and being stuck outside or in a trailer when it's freezing out
Question 3: What is your favorite Tweezerman beauty tool and why?
My favorite tool is the Tweezerman Stainless Steel Rockhard Nipper 1/2 Jaw. It's the only nipper I carry in my kit and I am able to prep the nails perfectly for precision painting around the cuticle line.
Question 4: What clients have you worked on in the past? Who would you love to work with?
I've worked with Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Palermo, Karlie Kloss, Priyanka Chopra and Selena Gomez. My wish girl is Britney Spears! I'd love to get my hands on her for her Vegas show and bling out her nails. Can you imagine all the sequins and crystals!
Question 5: What is your dream tool?
My creation would be an at-home eyebrow threader. A self-knotter would be amazing to just run along the brows and get those hairs out. I'm not sure how the logistics would be but it seems like a cool idea!
Question 6: What advice do you have for nail technicians just starting out? What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My advice for beginners is to learn the basics of a prefect manicure. The nail prep is so important. If you paint, your polish will last much longer on a prepped nail and if you don't polish, you will just have beautiful nails. It's also important to learn how to paint as well. Perfectly painted nails are much harder to do than it looks. It takes patience, practice and skill. When I was starting out, I practiced on anyone I could get my hands on. My most frequent hand model was my son because he was always around! The poor thing was subject to gallons of nail polish remover when he was younger!
The best advice I've ever received is to never stop learning. The nail industry is ever-evolving and you are never done with your education. Take the classes, experiment with products and techniques, watch tutorials and take it all in. The day I feel I don't have anything to learn is the day I should be done doing what I'm doing.
Question 7: Who and what inspires you?
So many things inspire me! I am starting to save more art references which is always interesting to incorporate into nail art. I'm inspired by fashion on so many levels. I love going through the racks on a shoot in order to pick my colors. I'm inspired by the creativity of the hair and makeup artists that I work with and collaborating with my colleagues. I'm also really inspired by other nail artists. I love to scroll through Instagram and see how others are using what inspires them in their art. It's a really exciting time in fashion and creatively for the beauty artists. It's nice when I am able to have freedom on a set to work with different designs and colors and the more I do, the more inspired I become.
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