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Manicurist Mondays x Fariha Ali

Manicurist Mondays x Fariha Ali 0

Name: Fariha Ali

Salon: Enamel Diction, Los Angeles, CA 

Instagram: NailJob


What inspires you and your designs?

Contemporary art and illustrators.

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

 Raw rubies and sapphires.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

An industrial disco look.  Metallic with studs, it looked like sheet metal essentially.   

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

the Vetro technique for applying gel.

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

Tentacle Porn, but unfortunately no client really requests it.  So I would have to probably say 3-D body parts to honor a friend who was getting an operation.

check out a small sampling of Fariha's work below and make sure to follow her on Insta: Nailjob.

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado

Manicurist Mondays x Marisol Alvarado 0

Name: Marisol Alvarado

Salon: The Beauty Parlor, Stockton, CA 

Instagram: SinplyCreativeNails

 


 

What inspires you and your designs?

Everything outside the nail room- cars, wires, metal, the hardware store.

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

 Human hair and wire.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Encapsulation with 3-D art, wire, broken watch pieces.  It was a very feminine Steampunk look.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

How to gel crystals properly to secure them onto the nail while maintaining their shine and brilliance.  Also, how to encapsulate point back crystals.

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

Dicks, balls, and vaginas for a bachelorette party.

check out some of Marisol's work below.

Manicurist Mondays x Temeka Jackson

Manicurist Mondays x Temeka Jackson 0

Name: Temeka Jackson

Salon: Enamel Diction, Los Angeles, CA 

Instagram: CustomTNails

Website: http://www.art2nails.com/


What inspires you and your designs?

Anything fashion related- from high heels to sexy red carpet looks.

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

 Lace

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

A blinged out matte look with snake skin print.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Work smarter not harder, and go with your gut instinct.

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

A 3D penis complete with pubic hair and sperm.  It was for a sex toy party, and the client wanted to make sure it looked realistic. 

check out some of Temeka's work below.

Manicurist Mondays x Lexi Martone

Manicurist Mondays x Lexi Martone 0

Name: Lexi Martone

Salon: Salon Martone, East Northport, NY 

Instagram: Leximartone

Website: http://leximartone.com/ 


What inspires you and your designs?

Fashion. Art. Sculptures.  I do all kinds of crazy shapes.  Art that inspires art.

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

 I've done everything from spinning pizza's, to motors, lights, dry ice, music playing through speakers.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I love my Power Puffs.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

I hold my breath when I paint straight lines.     

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

For fathers day one year a woman wanted different pictures of her husband encapsulated on her nails; a photo album of pictures on her nails.  I've also done jingle balls.   

check out some of Lexi's work below.

Manicurist Mondays x Robert Nguyen

Manicurist Mondays x Robert Nguyen 0

Name: Robert Nguyen

Salon: The House of Polish, Beverly Hills, CA 

Instagram: nailguytv

Website: http://thehouseofpolish.com/ 


 

What inspires you and your designs?

My clients personality, their clothes, their style, it's all about the client at the end of the day.

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

 LED lights and Watch Piece gears.

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

My first set of competition nails.  It was in the mixed media category, the there was a scene depicting above and below water, this was approximately 9 years ago.  

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Applying pink first when doing pink and whites.     

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

Portraits of clients pets, their dog or cat.  

check out some of Robert's amazing work below.

Manicurst Mondays x Nail_Swag

Manicurst Mondays x Nail_Swag 0

Name: Natalie Minerva

Instagram: Nail_Swag

Location: Los Angeles, CA


 

How did you first get into nails?

 it started out selfishly I guess, (chuckles) it's really just for me.  I started looking at Japanese nail blogs and nail art in general was popping up everywhere, on tumblr, instagram wasn't even really a thing yet. I'm from Orange County so you'd see girls in OC wearing crazy Kawaii nails and I'd think "how did they do that?" and then I tried doing my own glue-ons just for fun. I did it on friends, it became a hobby and finally I was at Coachella and my friends said I should do this full time. so I called my dad at Coachella, quit college, and went to nail school, & I've been doing it ever since, full time.    

 What inspires you and your designs?

 60's & 70's patterns, interior design, textile patterns, architecture.  period pieces. 20's, 50's... looking at decades and the fads and trends that went through. nature. opal. real beetle wings.  I tried butterfly wings but it's real hard to work with. lots of natural stones: hematite, turquoise, amethyst, abalone shell.  I don't like theme nails.  I like classic nails that are going to enhance your outfit rather than take away from.  sometimes less is more. I try to encourage fashionable/stylish nails.   

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

 beetle wings. metallic tape from daiso in a pack. metallic tapes from an online hula-hoop decoration supply- it's a thing apparently. cool real gemstones, opals. spiritually aligned nails with customers chakras.  natural seashells. butterfly wings.

 Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

 the most popular lately has been the multi color- shifting paper adhesive I found, I like incorporating it in a manicure, cool patterns, line work.  comes off really clean.  painting patterned nails. it's challenging.      

 What's a favorite trick you've learned over the years?

 the cuticle bit from nail labo has really made a difference, it's really improved my manicures a lot.  it allows for a totally clean base.  if your prep isn't there, your nails won't last.  art wise- you have to get a good brush, a good detail brush is the most important thing to me.  I use the same brush every day.  it's a really fine point, tiny baby brush, it's not too long but not too short.  it tapers off to a nice fine point.  it's been my best friend.  the fulcrum finger helps give you balance and makes you precise in your art.     

 Talk to me about your experiences in Japan?

 japan is the most inspiring place, it really is.  the nature aspect is so beautiful and inspiring to look at.  the architecture.  the art.  the culture of the people.  everybody is so kind, its like kindness that you've never experienced before. nail-wise it's the mecca of nails, the power house of the craziest newest products & supplies & skills & techniques & classes.  I wish we had a source here to do that.  there's no classes here like what they have there. they go to school for 2 years for nails, so it's like college for them.  their schools aren't just about sanitation and the basics, you learn art, and you learn how to do art, and build your skill there, and you can't perform on people until you are ready as an artist.  going shopping there for nail stuff is beyond, it's like everything you could ever dream of, it's just so amazing.  meeting all the cool artists there, I saw disconail when I was there.  she's such an inspiration to me, I just love her, she's my twin soul, & hana4, such a magical creature too, one of my best friends.   

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

 vagina nails.  all different colors and races.  different color pubes.  it was for a girl going to an art show in mexico city.  they caused quite a stir on instagram. 

 What do you hope for in the future regarding nails and the industry?

 technology propels art. when new technology comes out better art comes out, and that's what I look forward to seeing.  I'd also like to see a bit more of a collaborative sense in the nail community.  I think a lot of nail techs are friends, but a lot view each other as competition when there is really so many hands in the world. I've seen some cattiness sometimes and I don't work like that.  I love meeting and talking to other nail techs, joining forces with them.  making ourselves stronger individually by being together.  learn from each other and create a wide spectrum of art, we are all so different as artists.

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 (xoxo@britneytokyo.com). Will also be at ES Nail taking clients for a limited time on Melrose Ave, starting next month. 

Instagram: BritneyTokyo

Website: BritneyTokyo.com


 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

Website: nailsbymami.com

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.    

Q & A with Deborah Lippmann

Q & A with Deborah Lippmann 0

Hi Everyone.  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I know I sure did.

I am still pinching myself.  This past Saturday I got the honor and privilege of sitting down with Deborah Lippmann to interview her for my blog.  I have idolized and admired Deborah for many years now, following her magical career's journey featuring endless collaborations with musicians (Lady Gaga, Cher, Kelly Clarkson), actresses (Renee Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Parker), super models (Lara Stone, Dree Hemingway), fashion houses (Narciso Rodriguez), photographers (Inez van Lamsweerde), Television shows (HBO's True Blood and Girls), and regular HSN appearances just to name a few.  

Celebrating her 15 years in business, and brand new Barney's exclusive 12 color collection (Gold Digger, Magic is the Moonlight, Love me Tender, When Doves Cry, Knock on Wood, Stephanie Says, She's a Rebel, Virtual Insanity, Let's Misbehave, Walking After Midnight, Bettina's Song, Night Fever); Barney's New York in Beverly Hills threw a fabulous daytime fete honoring Ms. Lippmann.  There was tray pass French Macaroons, sparkling rose champagne, and personalized nail assessments with Lippmann herself, where she would diagnose your nails and prescribe polish recommendations suitable for your skin tone and lifestyle.  

Now on to our interview.

Deborah and I had so much to discuss, we could have gone on forever discussing a topic we're both so passionate about- Nails.  Needless to say, here's a summation of our half hour together.

What Inspires You?

 I find inspiration Everywhere.  I have a room, here upstairs at Barney's, where I shop that has gray/taupe suede walls, and depending on how the light hits each of the walls, it reflects a different shade of this nude taupe, and I'm very inspired by that.  

A couple days ago we were having lunch and we had this stone table with all these beautiful shades of rust, dirty green, and I took pictures of it.

I find tons of inspiration working in fashion, working on the on the runway shows.  I just finished doing the Spring 2015 shows , and getting to sit with Donna Karen and actually hear her say what she feels is the important nail for her collection...

I find with this whole advent of Social media,  I think it's incredible because I can here my customer, she can talk to me.  On social, I can see if a bunch of people are asking for the same things.  And then I see if I can accommodate those requests.  I love that people are always emailing me song titles, or putting out on social song titles... it takes it to a whole other level for you if you do know the song.  

I might find inspiration in a rock that I kick on the street later tonight, it's everywhere, it's everywhere.     

Now that you're celebrating 15 years in business, what has been your proudest accomplishment to date with your brand?

There are a couple things. 

Making it through the recession, I think surviving the recession as a luxury niche brand without a big team is a really proud accomplishment for us.  

I would have to say my 15th Anniversary Music Box...  I wrote a song, my best friend Daryl Brown and I, best friends from high school, he's a super successful song- writing producer, he and I wrote a song, I'm speaking to my customers about dreaming outside the box.  It'a like an ode to Disney. All of the colors are things that we don't have in the brand,  and the names of the colors have to do with some part of our journey.  "1999" is the year we launched, a purple glitter for Prince.  "Hey Jude", who is my husband,  it's a super soft black base with silver sparkles to reflect his sparkling eyes.  "I will survive" to show that we survived.  This is one of my most favorite songs to sing "Land of make believe" and it's where my husband says I live most of the time.  This is a color I was inspired by sombodys boot once,  I have a picture of a boot, and so in the office we call it boot, but in the collection it's called "Come Fly with Me".  "The Climb", the Miley Cyrus song about climbing on your journey.  "Pure Imagination"  which is what I love about the brand.  "We are Family" because we are a family business.  There's a color named for my brother Mark, "Love will leave a Mark" because he is my partner also, he has done all the creative from the beginning.  "My Coloring Book" Barbra Streisand,  of course all of this is part of my private coloring book.  "Magic to do" which is looking to our future, we're not finished, we've got a lot more to do.  "I Dreamed a Dream", I auditioned for "Les Miserables" on Broadway, that's what took me to New York.  "A Hard Day's Night" it hasn't always been easy, so that has a little bit of black with a little bit of magical, it's been hard, but there's a bit of a twinkle in the stars, and a light that has always drawn us through our darkest times.

It's not easy, and its definitely not been an easy road, but it's exciting and thrilling.  I am sitting now in Barneys meeting with customers, I mean who would have ever thought?  It's Amazing.  The sky is the limit.                

What Comes first in your creative process, the song title or the polish shade?

 The colors come first.  I for sure have a very extensive list of song titles that I love, that I hope one day will connect with something,  but the color comes first, and then we find the story that names that color.  And when I name them song titles my thought was "I didn't want to say to you that this color is fuchsia, because some people think this is red and some people might say that this is coral, or orange."  We all see color so differently that I wanted to make sure I was just letting the color speak to you. I'm not telling you that it's red, or telling you that it's green.  Let it Sing to you.  Let it Sing to you!  

What do you see in store for the future of nails?

What I hope for the future of nails is that technology will continue,as it has,to get better and better so that we will have longer wearing products that don't require harsh removal.  I think we all want a product that's going to last a long time, the challenge is with those products that are available now, is that the removal process can be really damaging to the nails, and we damage them ourselves, and they get damaged in the salon.  We enjoy ripping them off with our teeth sometimes which we know it's not good for the nails... so I hope that we will find technologies where that polish will really stay on the nails longer if you want it.  But, I also hope that the consumer's vision will continue to go back to the place where nail polish is an accessory and we want to change it.  It's not a commitment to have a hair cut, it's not a commitment of a hair color, it's something that you should want to change and switch it up... I'm hoping that the technology also in application becomes simpler for the end user.   

What do you have up your sleeve for us? Perhaps some suggestions as to what we might expect in the coming months...

 Our customer's asking us for more treatment products.  Our customer is really hungry to have beautiful natural nails.  We are definitely working on formulas and products that are going to really help the natural health of the nail.  

I don't bring things to market until I really feel like they make a difference so there are things that I see in the line that I wish i had but if I cant make it better...  

We are working on some anti- aging products for the hands.  

We're working on some new base coats and tops coats that will make a difference, I can't tell you exactly what (wink wink)....

I have a really fun out of the box Holiday assortment that's really happy, and then in the Spring your going to see a big change.  

What I love is that it's easy for us to try and change and switch things up, and I like to spice it up.      

 

Deborah started her eponymous brand in 1999, and has been a manicurist since 1982. Her product line is fantastic and I highly recommend it.  I have been a huge fan ever since 2006 when I was first introduced to her line with the dark gleaming gunmetal shade "Hit me with your Best Shot" created with Pat Benatar.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, or to purchase her products, check out: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ and http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/Search-Show?cgid=womens-cosmetics-nails

Aya Miyako of Marie Nails

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Name: Aya Miyako

Salon: Marie Nails, Koreatown, CA

Instagram: aya84ichigo


What inspires your designs?

Simplicity, and pictures from Instagram, or magazines.   

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

feathers, lace (but I found it very difficult to work with). 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

I'm a traditionalist- French sculpture.  A true set of pink and whites. 

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Patience, practice, not giving up, and continued education, for there's always room for improvement.  

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

a ding ling and a gigantic bow.  

Mika Akagawa of Marie Nails

Mika Akagawa of Marie Nails 0

Name: Mika Akagawa

Salon: Marie Nails, Koreatown, CA

Instagram: Mikahana555


What inspires your designs?

Fashion. 

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

Metal, wire, and lace. 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

Anything simple, nude, clean, and clear. 

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Speed.  

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

A 2" tall 3D Mount Fuji out of acrylic that protruded from the nail. 

Marriett Marika Peterson of Marie Nails

Marriett Marika Peterson of Marie Nails 0

Name: Marriett Marika Peterson

Salon: Marie Nails, Koreatown, CA

Instagram: Mchan24


What inspires your designs?

Designs I haven't seen or done yet; also cartoons. 

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

Butterfly wings, and dried flowers. 

Describe a favorite manicure you've performed?

My Melody with 3-D art.

What's a favorite trick you've learned?

Fixing up my work with a clean-up brush.  

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

a Penis.  Also Japanese Kanji writing, which is a form of Japanese style characters.