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Manicurist Mondays x Adela Munoz

Manicurist Mondays x Adela Munoz 0

Name: Adela Munoz

Salon Name: Artistic Nails

Salon Location: Fontana, CA

What inspires your designs?

Fabric, texture, architecture, flowers, nature, animal prints.   

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

Electrical wiring, and clock / watch pieces. 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I call it the "Reveal".  You layer different colors and than file to show multiple shades underneath, (sort of like a jawbreaker effect).  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

To bend the brush for a good ombre design with gels.    

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

Twisted corkscrew nails for a bride's wedding, on her two ring fingers.  We had to make sure she could still get the ring on her finger.   

Manicurist Monday: Vu Nguyen

Manicurist Monday: Vu Nguyen 0

Name: Vu Nguyen

Instagram: VuNguyenOPI

What inspires your designs?

Tattoo art.  

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

Pornographic images... different sex positions on each nail.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Anytime I work on older ladies; they always have interesting stories to tell, but some do go crazy and elaborate with their nail choices. 

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Using one brush for everything.  It's an acrylic brush from OPI called the "Golden Point".  

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

I had a client once with 6 toes.  She wanted me to build out her thumbnail extra long.  She even said I could charge extra, that it was ok. 

Manicurist Mondays x Britney Tokyo

Manicurist Mondays x Britney Tokyo 0

Name: Britney Tokyo

Salon: email to book appointments ( Will also be at ES Nail taking clients for a limited time on Melrose Ave, starting next month. 

Instagram: BritneyTokyo


 How did you first get into nails?

I was around 18 and had graduated from high school.  I wasn't working, just having fun all of the time.   So my mom got me a book for nail artists as motivation.  

How Long have you been doing nails?

Almost 10 years professionally, but as a little girl I always painted my nails with markers and pens in school.  

What inspires you and your designs?

Fashion, of course.  My fiance always inspires me [he's a designer for Joyrich], he always tells me whats new and trendy.  Museums, window shopping, internet surfing... Vintage shopping.

What are your favorite clothing companies?

Joyrich, Moschino, and Chanel.

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

 Fur fabric.  Also nail piercings with crazy stuff, like big charms (in the shape of a cell phone for instance) hanging off them.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I love 3-D junk food nails, like hamburgers.    

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

I like using nail foils, because it's easy and looks cute; also tie dye design.    

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

For a baby shower a girl wanted 3-D toy babies on all 10 nails, I thought it was super odd.  Also, for a bachelorette party a girl wanted 3-D penis.

What do you hope for in the future regarding nails?

Healthier products without chemicals.  It's hard for manicurists to work with so much chemicals all of the time, we have to protect ourselves.  Sometimes I worry about my health.   I always wear a face mask and safety glasses when I work... I look like a house painter!  

check out some of Britney's amazing work below.

*(majority of images courtesy of Britney's Tumblr page)

America’s Next Top Nail Artist 2015: Lavette Cephus

America’s Next Top Nail Artist 2015: Lavette Cephus 0

Name: Lavette Cephus

Salon: Beaute Asylum Nails; Toledo, OH

Instagram: Beaute_Asylum

What inspires your designs?

Everyday life, living, culture.  fashion, even a photo hanging on a restaurant wall.  

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

 A hearing aid battery and LED lights.  Illuminated nails and magnets.  Conductive ink, it connects the lights to the batteries; this was some serious research.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Negative space.  Black and white, with a little bit of gems.   

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Using a thicker gel to apply stones.  

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

I am from Toledo Ohio, it is hard enough to get people to do nail art!   

check out some of Lavette's awesome work below.

*(images courtesy of NAILS Mag)

Mami Griffin of NailsbyMami 0

Name: Mami Griffin


Instagram: nailsbymami

What inspires your designs?

To go outside... the beach.  Whenever I see fashion, or in magazines.  I like to smell the season's air.  I'll have a cocktail and feel more confident in my creativity.   

What's the most "out there." non-traditional material you've incorporated into a manicure?

a mother wanted her kid's first tooth embedded in acrylic.   Something to do with a "magical tooth fairy".

Another mom wanted her kid's first hair cut on the nail.   

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Using my Sha-Nail stickers + clear Swarovski crystals.   

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Acrylic temperature... if it's cold oil, like cuticle oil, will help the product cure and set faster.    

What's the most unique request you've received from a client?

Someone wanted a chain attached from their nipple ring to their nail.  Another customer had a similar request, but the chain was attached to her navel ring.    

Merricures x The Laser Girls- an Interview 0

Ever since I stumbled across the amazing technological feats of 3D Printed Nails created by NY based artists The Laser Girls, Sarah Awad & Dhemerae Ford, I knew I had to pick these girls brains. Check out my exclusive interview with The Laser Girls !
1) How did you two get together initially?
We met as student in NYU’s art department in a class about 3D printing.  From there, we were both hired at NYU’s Advanced Media Studio, the university’s 3D printing fabrication lab.  Although we had known and worked with each other for 2.5 years, it was not until August of 2013 when we actually collaborated on work
2) What’s your technical background?
 We are both trained artists who stared out as painters, but have grown into not just artists with well rounded skills, such as 3D modeling and drawing etc. but technicians and machine operators as well. 
3) How did you gals get started with this?
We were given an opportunity to participate in the first all-3D-printed art show in New York called “3D-Notion.”  Because we had both already shown our own work around at several other exhibitions, we thought it would be fun to collaborate on a project and show something new.  We created a mask for the show which we both loved, and since then we’ve been working together.  The nails formed out of that collaboration. 
4) What major problems did you face in the beginning?
Surprisingly, we didn’t really run into any major problems at the start which we both were very surprised by.  I would say the biggest problem was and still is figuring out the best way to apply them that both lasts long and won’t damage your nails (like normal nail glue does).  We’ve developed what we believe to be the best possible solution however we’re always looking out for better application practices.  Any problems we did face were mostly related to strict deadlines and the inability to produce our nails as rapidly as some people demanded. 
5) What inspires your designs?  
We both have very different interests (Dhemerae is into science fiction and machinery and Sarah is into flora and fauna) but somehow with this project, opposites blend together to create what we consider to be unique designs.
6) Where do you envision the future going with this?  
We hope to not only create more fantastical nails and push our designs to new levels, but also expand into jewelry, such as nail rings that we are currently prototyping!
For more on The Laser Girls check out their website:
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Merricures interviews MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer

Merricures interviews MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer 0

I recently had the honor of having brunch with MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer’s awesome Creative Director Veleta Vancza on her recent trip to Los Angeles. We had an amazing time together.  Such a beautiful and creative spirit. Check out our interview below.

1) What are some of your key responsibilities as creative director of MINE Lacquer?

I wear many hats, I do product development, in every way from formulation to packaging and design; the overall vision of the company.  Everything about the company is in my head, and so it’s my job to get it out into the world in the way I want other people to see it.

2) What initially inspired you to create the product?

The idea that there could be a gold nail polish, and how do I make it happen.  it was really a research quarry for me than a vision I would have a brand.  Once I was able to make gold nail polish, I thought, “Okay, I can really make this into something truly amazing.” So, the brand came after.  It’s all inspired by the idea of gold nail polish.

3) What inspires you most now?

People’s reactions.  I like making things people interact with , and I’ve been making art that hangs on walls for so long that it’s nice to make something people actually wear.  I’ve been out of jewelry for a while so it’s refreshing to make a new kind of jewelry.  I am inspired by design & symmetry.  Basic design principles are exciting to me, and working them into the world in new ways. 

4) Has your experience in the jewelry world aided your transition into cosmetics?

Yes, because I think about adornment all the time.  There’s this catch phrase in the art/jewelry world – “wearability is determined by the wearer.”  I might think a pair of 6” stilettos are totally ridiculous and I can’t wear them, but there’s a lot of people that choose to wear them because they love them and they want to wear them, so in art/jewelry we have the same idea.  What’s great about nail polish is anybody can wear it – Anybody, and that makes me happy, that I have created something anyone can wear on their nails.

5) How has your knowledge and appreciation for jewelry affected your product?

MINE is inspired by jewelry and precious materials, and an appreciation for purity and the intrinsic value and beauty that are inherent qualities in precious materials.

6) What does luxury mean to you?

Quality, perfection, and desire.

7) Which of your lacquers do you wear most often?

The Gold + Graphite combination is my favorite.  Mostly because I wear black every day.  I love that it’s this olive-y green color, and it changes in the light, so it can come off as either punk or elegant.  But truthfully I wear them all, I love them all, and I made them all because I really liked them.

8) What are your thoughts on men wearing nail lacquer? Are you seeing it more often, or do you believe it’s just a trend?

I do not think it’s a trend, I think it is becoming more trendy,  and I think it is here to stay.  Every day I see more and more men wearing nail polish and it makes me incredibly happy.  I find that MINE is actually an easy sell to get men to wear polish because of the material.  Often I will say to a guy “can I paint your nails?” He will respond “I don’t know,” to which I reply “Well, it’s 24KT gold.” He will say “Huh!  Maybe just one nail.” After I paint the one nail he’ll say, “Wow, that’s beautiful, you can paint them all.” They never say “get it off of me!” Even people who don’t wear nail polish or who have never considered wearing nail polish I feel MINE is the perfect transitional product to get men to wear nail polish all the time.  I personally love doing men’s nails, and I like watching them enjoy it.  There is no reason nail polish should be gender specific.  Beauty is beauty, and its fun, and there’s no reason both men and women can’t enjoy it.

9) Do men tend to have a favorite color?

Men who paint their nails often tend to gravitate towards the Graphite.  However, it varies all over the place;  I feel it depends on their mood. The fact that there’s precious material in the polish helps persuade their decision making.  I see men say “Should I do Graphite because it’s so cool, or should I just do Gold because it’s Gold?” 

10) What are you most excited about next for MINE? Will there be more colors, perhaps a rose gold, diamond, or ruby infused lacquer in the future?

I personally love product development, there are infinite colors I can make. Right now is a really exciting time because I am finally seeing [the product] in the world.  I have been working on MINE for 7 years, and I love seeing people wearing it that I don’t know.  I get really excited to see it on a blog post or mentioned somewhere.  Some of the [colors/gemstones] mentioned will be available very soon (wink wink).

 For more information on MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer, or to purchase, check it out here: