Interviews

Crazy Hatter

Today we’re interviewing the talented Dess a.k.a dess_sure on Instagram. Check out more of her nail art in her Nailpolis gallery as well!

1. Help us get to know the girl behind the nails!
I live on a tiny tropical island. I do not like glamour, fashion, nor heels. I have a fear of flying. Someday, I would like to have a cow.

2. What’s your most used nail art tool/brush?
My detailing brush is always by my side.

Color Makes Me Happy

3. Do you listen to music or watch tv while doing your nails, or do you prefer to concentrate on your work?
Soothing Chinese music makes mani time a wonderful experience for me. I sing along while i paint.

4. When did you first get into the amazing world of nail art?
In early 2012, after seeing beautiful photos of nails online, I started playing with polish. By 2013, it became a full-blown addiction.

Chocolate In The Sun

5. If you had to pick, which of your designs are you the most proud of?
I am proud of the designs which demonstrate my originality and creativity. (Art such as “National bird and flower of Jamaica,” and “Chocolate in the sun.”)

Soothing Chinese music makes mani time a wonderful experience for me. I sing along while i paint.

National bird and flower of Jamaica

6. Do you use acrylic paint in your designs, or stick to pure polish?
Due to the sticky consistency of nail polish, attempts to paint with it are very challenging for me. I use mostly acrylic paint as it saves me a lot of time.

A Colorful Mind

7. Do you think you’ll continue creating unique nail art as the years go by?
Yes. Nail art helps with my depression. I want to keep learning, keep practicing, keep improving, and keep having fun.

8. What’s your nail care routine like?
I use a nail strengthener as a base coat, and i apply vitamin E oil on my cuticles. But sadly, I do not have a proper nail care routine. I need to work on that.

Micro-Butterfly

9. What are some of your other hobbies?
Crocheting, and sailing.

10. Does your nail art ever get noticed while you’re out and about?
Many times. Usually, I wear loud colors and ‘crazy’ designs, so people can’t help but notice.

Royal Butterfly

Cheeseburger in paradise

Today we’re interviewing the amazing Emiline from Nail Polish Society! Emiline believes “that every woman is entitled to define her beauty how she sees fit. It is her prerogative to wear red lipstick with her hair in rollers, diamond earrings to complement her gardening gloves, or gorgeous nail polish while in her sweatpants watching Star Trek episodes or reading a Jen Lancaster memoir.” You can read more about her adventures in nail art on her blog, and her Nailpolis gallery as well!

 

Tell us some things about yourself!

Well, let’s see.. I’m married to my wonderfully supportive hubby and we have two adorably energetic kiddos. I studied American Sign Language interpreting in college and ended up working in cosmetics. I come from a large family, eight girls total! None of us were girly girls growing up. I was a late bloomer when it came to beauty products. But I think working in cosmetics and running a nail polish blog have helped me make up for lost time. Two other hobbies I’m passionate about are reading and pen palling. Both have really suffered this past year from all the time I spend on my blog. It’s a constant tug-of-war of what I want to do the most.

 

I was a late bloomer when it came to beauty products. But I think working in cosmetics and running a nail polish blog have helped me make up for lost time.

Phantom of the opera

What first got you into nail art?
Nail art was something I just stumbled upon. I mean, I knew it existed, but the only nail art I had seen before seemed so cheesy and I could never see myself wearing it. Then thanks to some aimless wandering on the interwebs, I found awesome nail art techniques such as water marbling, stamping, etc. There are some techniques that I like better than others. Right now I’m having fun trying anything and everything. I like to play and do outrageous designs that I typically wouldn’t wear, but get a kick out of anyway. I constantly strive to develop new skills so that I can inspire myself, and hopefully others as well.

I like to play and do outrageous designs that I typically wouldn’t wear, but get a kick out of anyway.

Swirling vortex

How many bottles of nail polish do you have?
That number steadily grows more often than I’d like to admit. Before starting my blog last year, I thought I was a little eccentric, owning an entire OPI traincase full of polishes (ha!). Not too soon after I began blogging, my bedroom was overflowing with bottles. My discovery of indie polishes is partly to blame. The count is now 450+ and growing. I also hoard tools, accessories, and stamping plates.

Drive scorpion jacket nails

If you could have any polish in the world off your wishlist, what would it be?
My wishlist multiplies every day, but there is one that I would REALLY love to have. Ever since the Rouge Louboutin polish was released I’ve pictured owning it. Not to use it really, but to be placed upon a shrine as an idol of sorts. It’s such a beautiful work of art!

Mermaid glitter nails

What’s your favorite design that you’ve created?
Oh, that’s really tough to make me choose! I have too many favorites! I will say that my Banksy mani has a special place in my heart. I did that only weeks after starting my blog. I didn’t expect starting a blog to be such an emotional roller coaster, but it was. When I did that mani I was so proud of myself. It helped me feel like, yeah, I can really do this!

Bansky girl with balloon

How do you take care of your nails?
I naturally have very thin, weak nails so I have to be very careful. Keeping an application of nail polish on actually helps protect them from damage. The best thing I’ve done so far is assigning my husband dish duty. Now I only wash dishes if it’s necessary. I’ve seen a huge improvement!

Mint and chocolate interlocking dotticure

What’s your favorite color family of nail polish?Neutrals for sure! Browns, nudes, and grays are truly alluring to me! It’s funny though how I’ve come to appreciate all color families thanks to the endless array of beautiful choices available. Who knew I’d ever wear yellow nail polish?

Before starting my blog last year, I thought I was a little eccentric, owning an entire OPI traincase full of polishes (ha!). Not too soon after I began blogging, my bedroom was overflowing with bottles.

If you break a nail to the quick, do you chop them all short, or try to ignore the one?
Chop them all off! It would be impossible for me to ignore the nub. I can’t stand to have them skiwampus.

Get out your sunglasses watermarble

What’s the longest you think nails can be before they start seeming scary?
My nail beds are really long already, so I don’t let them grow very much past the tips. It really just depends on the hands and shape for me that determines when it starts getting into the scary zone.

What’s the most expensive polish you’ve ever bought?
Deborah Lippmann La Vie en Rose, it’s the only Deborah Lippmann I own so far. It’s not loud or flashy, but very soft and feminine. Something about it just spoke to me. I typically try to be savvy with my purchases, but I’m willing to dish out a little more for something special.

Distressed water marble #2

Beach Nails

We have a rather exciting interview today here on Nailpolis, we’re interviewing Janelle from the immensely popular YoutTube channel, ellandish! Janelle creates a new nail art tutorial every week, and if you want to see the tutorial for any of the nail art looks in this interview, look through her channel here!

1. Help us get to know you a bit!

My name is Janelle, I live in northern California and I work full time as a semiconductor engineer! I first started painting my nails in middle school but I started getting into nail art after college.

2. Have you made any friends through nail art?

Yes!  In the short time that I’ve started doing nail art on YouTube I’ve made nail art friends, fashion blogger friends and even gotten to know YouTubers that I’ve watched for years… It’s still mind boggling to me that I’ve interacted with them or met them in real life.

 In the short time that I’ve started doing nail art on YouTube I’ve made nail art friends, fashion blogger friends and even gotten to know YouTubers that I’ve watched for years!

St. Patrick’s Day Rilakkuma Nails

3. Any places you want to travel to?

I just went to Hawaii last month but I already want to go back!  I’d love to visit Japan and the Philippines next!

 

4. Are there any brands you’d love to try but can’t because of them being foreign or their price?

Barry M., Model’s Own (even though it’s now in the US I still need to try it), and Christian Louboutin nail polish!

 

Paris Nails

5. Do you like long or short nails when creating your nail art?

I think having longer nails is much easier for me… longer nails means a larger canvas!

 I think having longer nails is much easier for me… longer nails means a larger canvas!

6. What prompted you to start your nail channel?

A new computer!  My old desktop died, and my new one had editing software on it. I loved painting my nails and I had just started to get into nail stamping, so I decided to just try it out and learn how to edit videos.

 

Pink Galaxy Nail Art

7. What are some of your favorite polishes to work with?

OPI Alpine Snow and OPI Black Onyx!  White and black are essential for me.

 

8. What do you think of some of the new special effect polishes, like crackles or magnetics?

I don’t use them that often, usually only for accent nails.  I do however like textured glitter and matte polishes!  Those are my favorite special effects types.

 

Galaxy Constellation Nails

9. Do people ever notice your nail art when you’re out and about?

Very rarely, actually!

 

10. If you could only wear one color of polish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

White; it’s clean and it goes with everything.

Sea Otter Nails

Fall Leaves And Shift Happens

Today we’re interviewing the lovely Michele from ManicTalons! Her blog specializes in gel nail polish, and her nail art is out of this world! And if you want to get a peek at more of her nail art, you can check out her Nailpolis gallery here as well!

1. Help us get to know you a bit!

I’m the voice and nails behind ManicTalons!  As a mother of two young boys, I decided I needed a place to escape from the growing number of Super Heroes and toy trucks in my life, so a blog was born.  I am mostly a gel polish user, so it just seemed natural that my little slice of the internet would focus on gel polish as well as my art.  By day I am mother, by night I am an artist.  It is a glorious double life.

By day I am mother, by night I am an artist.  It is a glorious double life.

 

Double Gradient Stamping for Fall

2. What colors do you use the most in your nail art?
I try to use a large range of colors, but a quick look at my polish stash reveals that I am a sucker for teals and blues.  I can’t seem to get enough of them.

3. What are some other nail artist’s you like to draw inspiration from?
There are so many!  Andrea at www.Chickettes.com is a personal favorite.  Her use of different techniques and textures in her art pieces has always called to me.  It’s not my personal style, so I think that adds a bit of wonder for me.  Kim at www.TenLittleCanvases.com is another.  Kim is a stamping master and constantly pushes the limits by adding new techniques to her nail art.  For example, she dabbles with acrylics, gel paints, and various crystals and studs.  Finally, I can’t forget the master of gel polish art – Billy from Fine Touch Nails (aka Billy820Nails on Instagram).  His ability to force gel polish to submit to his brush is simply mind blowing.

 As a mother of two young boys, I decided I needed a place to escape from the growing number of Super Heroes and toy trucks in my life, so a blog was born.

Glitter Placement With Gel Polish

4. When did you first start creating nail art?

I’m a bit of an infant in the nail art world.  I never painted my nails at all prior to March 2011.  Nail polish just wouldn’t stick to my nails. Then I discovered gel polish and an obsession was born, but I still kept it simple with a glitter accent nail or a few dots for about a year.  I started branching out into nail art more when I discovered stamping in 2012.  Over time, stamping lead to more freehand attempts, and here I am!

Boston Terrier And Roses

5. What nail art tools do you use the most?
My Bundle Monster detail brushes and dotting tools stay within my reach these days.  I’m also extremely fond of my XL Squishy stamper. I can’t stamp to save my life without it.

6. Do you have any other hobbies?
Does chasing my little boys around count?  I find I don’t have time for other hobbies at the moment, but I do enjoy a good book when I can find a moment to steal away.

I’m more of a blue jeans and t-shirts kind of girl.  My nails, on the other hand, are usually very elaborate compared to my overall fashion style.

Pretty Little Sunflowers

7. How would you describe your style?

Manic!  I have been gravitating toward floral designs lately, but my style is definitely all over the place.  I might wear a very feminine and soft manicure one day and switch to something completely punk the next.  I get bored easily, so I like to bounce between soft and bold colors.  If I wear a soft pink manicure, the next manicure is likely to be super dark or super bright.  I do find that I like for my nails to enter the room before I do, though.  I’m not much of a trend chaser.  I’m more of a blue jeans and t-shirts kind of girl.  My nails, on the other hand, are usually very elaborate compared to my overall fashion style.

Sweet Summer Strawberries

8. Have you ever thought about becoming a nail technician, or do you prefer to stick to your own nails?

This is a very timely question.  I am currently in the middle of a major change in my life.  I spent the past 10 years working in the area of database administration and marketing analysis as my day job, and I now have the opportunity to switch gears and do something completely different.  I am strongly leaning toward following my passion and getting my license.  I’ve been researching local nail tech programs for the past month!

Double Stamping With Mundo de Unas And Pueen

9. What was the most difficult nail design you’ve ever undertaken?

Definitely my attempt at using dried flowers with gel polish.  I love how it turned out, but that was the most frustrating design I have done to date.  The stem bud on the back of the flowers made it nearly impossible to get the flower to lay flat on the nail, and the gel polish kept re-hydrating the petals while I was trying to work with them.  I imagine they would be much easier to use with traditional lacquer.

Dried Flowers In Gel Polish

10. What’s your nail care routine consist of? 
My nail care routine is mostly focused on my cuticles.  Changing my gel manicures as often as I do exposes my skin to more acetone than the average person, so I’m constantly combating the drying effects.  I file and shape my nails every two weeks and gently push back my cuticles with Blue Cross Cuticle remover.  I then apply a cuticle balm and let that soak in before moving on to my manicure.  However, the majority of my nail care routine occurs after my nails are done.  I am constantly massaging oils and balms into my cuticles throughout the day to help keep them moisturized.  My current favorite oils are Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil and Girly Bits Frazzle Fixer.  I also alternate between Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter and Sweet Baby by Donna Cuticle and Hand Balm in Warm Honey.  Finally, right before bed I apply pure jojoba oil to my cuticles and then finish with a good slathering of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.  I also sleep in moisturizing gloves once a week for a deep moisturizing treatment.  It sounds like a lot of work, but most of the time I’m mindlessly applying the oils and balms out of habit now. 

I might wear a very feminine and soft manicure one day and switch to something completely punk the next.  I get bored easily, so I like to bounce between soft and bold colors.

 

Simple Rainbow Gradient With Gel Polish

Glow In The Dark Hibiscus

We’re interviewing Kim today, but you might know her by her Instagram handle, kimiko7878! Kim’s elegant and gorgeous nails pop up in our top 100 most loved designs time and time again, and now you can get a glimpse into how she does it!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Kim, I’m from Edmonton, Alberta Canada, I am a thirty something mother of two boys, five ferrets, one husband and a dog (yes, I include husband under the category of what I mother, I adore him but often wonder how he made it on his own before we met).

2. What are some of your favorite types of nail art to create?

My favorite type of nail art to create are freehand florals.  I think the reason I like them so much is that you don’t need to make them perfect, sometimes the less perfect they are the more realistic they look.

Mystic Flowers

3. What kind of photo setup do you have, and where do you like to take your pictures?

For my photo’s I use a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX220V, I take most of my photo’s in my home office (also known as my cougar den).  I have a DIY light box , it’s just a cardboard box with the top and sides cut out of it and I use tissue paper to diffuse the light.

Dark But Beautiful?

4. What’s your favorite type of polish to work with?

My favorite kind of nail polish to work with are Creme’s.  Holographic’s make me go weak in the knees but I find the art that I do goes better with more of a simple background.

Cheery Fall Tree

5. How often do you change what’s on your nails?

I get asked this question a lot!  I change what is on my nails almost daily!  When I first started getting into nail art I would wear something for a week or so but the more I got into it the faster I would change my manicures.  I also find it to be very therapeutic!  After hectic days with kids and work and everything else that comes with being a grown up, in the evening sitting down and concentrating on something and being creative is a great outlet!

Silhouette on Sunset

6. What are some of your other passions?

Well, we have the aforementioned Ferrets, I am pretty passionate about them!  I started out with the first one and fell so head over heals in love with him, that within that first year I had five!  They are trouble making thieves and I adore them!!

Rainbow Animal Print

7. If you could only have one nail art tool, what would it be?

If I could have only one nail art tool it would have to be my liner brush!  I think it’s the most versatile item I have in my arsenal, with practice you can do filigree, branches, leaves, petals, animal print and more!

White And Orange Spring Floral

8. Do you see yourself every not continuing to create nail art?

I certainly don’t see myself not doing nail art anytime soon.  I recently became a certified nail technician because I am so passionate about nails and nail art.  Like I said before, it’s my therapy, I need it!

9. Have you ever come across a technique you just couldn’t get to work?

It is my personal belief that you have to be a graduate from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to be able to water marble!  I have watched the tutorials, I have read the tips, I have tried all temperatures of water, I have tried different nail polishes, my husband has actually forbidden me from attempting it anymore because he doesn’t want to deal with the fallout from it!  It pains me to say this because I never give up on anything, but I can not water marble!

Something Studded

10. When did you first start wearing nail polish?

I think I was about twenty six when I first started to wear nail polish on a regular basis, I would have spurts when I would wear it all the time and then kind of forget about it.  It was around 2009 when things started to get serious, I had bought Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri ‘Wined Up’ and was floored by the beauty of it and how fast it dried, I was hooked!

See more of Kim’s nail art in her Nailpolis gallery, and her Instagram too!

grilled nails pacman

We’re interviewing Hector from the YouTube channel Grilled Nails today here on Nailpolis! As you can see Hector uses tons of bright neon shades in his designs, and we love his colorful nail art to bits! You can keep up with his nail art on his blog, and his Nailpolis gallery as well!

1. When did you first start wearing nail polish?

I remember being in middle school and wearing clear coat, my parents weren’t to happy with that. I liked the shine and it was fun to make my nails look healthy. Around senior year of high school I started buying colored nail polish. I think my first polish was Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow. After I graduated high school I delved into the world of nail art.

hector headshot

2. What colors of polish do you like to wear?

My favorites would have to be pastel neons and anything holographic. I own a massive amount of blue polish though!

3. Do you think you’ll ever stop wearing nail polish?

No, I don’t see myself ever not wearing polish. I generally only paint my left hand, and I’ll wear polish out in public sometimes too. I think I will always be obsessed with nail art and creating different designs.

I have learned to tell people that it is not wrong to wear polish; it does not change my character and should not be something to judge people by.

grilled nails cats

4. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to wear polish but hasn’t worked up the nerve to do so publicly?

I would say start small, a nice base coat, or maybe a nude. It’s often told that male polish wearers only wear gunmetal hues or anything that is dark in color, but slowly wear what you want to from brights, to primary colors, to glitters! I have learned to tell people that it is not wrong to wear polish; it does not change my character and is not something to judge people by.

It’s often told that male polish wearers only wear gunmetal hues or anything that is dark in color, but slowly wear what you want to from brights, to primary colors, to glitters!

grilled nails xoxo

5. What kind of reactions do you get to your nail art?

I am always surprised by the compliments from people. Some of my family are traditional and don’t like the nail polish, and always discourage it, yet strangers and friends always see my nail art and say “Oh, I like your nails!” and have something nice to say. Then they ask if I want to start a salon or that they’d like me to do their’s.

grilled nails pikachu

6. How would you describe your style?

My style is all over the place. I love the neutrals, the purples, the glitters, the vampy colors, the glitters, and more. I like to say that I design nail art for whatever I’m feeling that day, I might paint some leaves, or some ice cream cones. Anything goes!

Some of my family are traditional and don’t like the nail polish, and always discourage it, yet strangers and friends always see my nail art and say “Oh, I like your nails!” and have something nice to say.

7. How do you take care of your nails?

My nails are insanely fussy. I push back my cuticles in the shower and also use a cuticle remover. I never cut my cuticles, because I know that is not that great for nail health. I lotion my hands and nails every day, if I remember. I file my nails often, and cut them if absolutely necessary. Thankfully, my nails grow relatively fast and strong, so I only have to take care of my skin.

grilled nails splatter

8. Did you ever feel awkward or hesitant because of what people would think when you first started wearing polish?

Yes! I always think people are going to say that it’s wrong or gross. But I have learned to defend my craft. People will tell me no, nail polish is for girls. I don’t believe in that gender stereotype, I believe in loving what you do and making it a point to try and avoid the negative.

9. Have you ever tried doing someone else’s nails?

I’ve done a few people’s nails, and it’s always different because everyone has different nail shapes. What may work on my nails, as far as application goes, may not work on another’s. I always want to do other peoples nails and try some new nail art.

I love Jazz and contemporary dance and am slowly learning as I’m taking a Jazz class in college currently.

grilled nails giraffe

10. What are some other things you’re passionate about?

I am a full time student, and I also work par t-time, but on my down time I love dancing, YouTube, and makeup. I love Jazz and contemporary dance and am slowly learning as I am taking a Jazz class in college currently. I also love makeup and am teaching myself so I can eventually freelance in my area. YouTube is also another passion for me, but I have to find the right time to make videos. My channel is geared toward makeup and nail polish for all ages.

If you want to read another male nail artist interview, we also interviewed Steve from the blog Lacquerman last week here. And if keeping up with blog posts isn’t your style, you can also keep tabs on Hector’s nail art at his Instagram account here!

 

Pop Art Inspired Nails

We’re interviewing Celine from Celine Does Nails here today at Nailpolis, we love her amazingly detailed designs and just had to know how she does it time and time again!

1.Help us get to know you a bit!

Hello everyone! I’m Celine, I blog over at CelineDoesNails.
I am 18 years old and from San Diego, California. In just a few short weeks, however, Santa Cruz, CA will be my new home as I attend UC Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs!). I started doing nail art and blogging after seeing so many cool designs on Tumblr. This inspired me to make my own Tumblr account for my nails and it just took off from there! In my spare time I enjoy watching movies and shows (especially on Netflix!) I’m really into American Horror Story right now. I also enjoy spending time at the beach or going out shopping!

Alice In Wonderland Nail Art

2. How long have you been doing nail art? 

Well, let’s see, I started my Tumblr account in June of 2012. By that count, at least 2 years. I’d say that I’ve been doing the detailed kind of work that I do now for about a year.

Monsters Inc. Nail Art

3. Were you creating designs for a while before you started blogging about them?

Yes! I remember it kind of all started because I saw tutorials that showed how to paint simple roses. This inspired me to try it myself and I was amazed by how easy it was! I’d say I was probably creating designs for a year or two before I actually posted any pictures online. It’s funny because to this day, roses are still one of my favorite things to paint!

 

I definitely draw inspiration from other nail bloggers. As creative as I am, I always find it very challenging to come up with designs on my own.

 

Negative Space Rose Nail Art

4. Do you find yourself consistently buying new polishes each month, or do you go through “phases”?

To be quite honest, I really don’t buy much new polish at all. One thing about me is that I am very money conscious! It is so difficult for me to spend my own money, so when I do buy polish, it better be good! Usually the polishes I do buy are limited edition as a part of a seasonal line (I’m a sucker for Spring and Summer polishes!) or on sale. If you know where to look, you can get some good deals on polish!

Shark Week Nail Art

5.What colors do you tend to use the most in your designs?

Definitely Green and Blue. I’d say about 50% of my polish collection is composed of these two colors. I try to change it up with polishes but I almost always resort back to my Turquoise polish.

Finding Nemo Nail Art

6. Do you ever listen to music or catch up on tv shows while painting your nails?

Always! It’s a must for me. If I’m not singing along to my favorites like Lana Del Rey, Grouplove or Arctic Monkeys, I’m definitely watching TV. I try not to watch new episodes of shows because sometimes it’s hard to pay attention to painting as well as the TV, so reruns are a usual for me.

7. What are some of your other passions?

To be honest, there’s nothing else I put as much time and effort into as I do nail art. (except maybe school!) Sometimes I like to do other crafts, such as painting canvases, or other things like that, but nothing is as big as nail art for me. I’m hoping that when I start college in a few weeks I can find some new things that I love to do as well!

Sometimes I like to do other crafts, such as painting canvases, or other things like that, but nothing is as big as nail art for me.

Toy Story Nail Art

8. Do you like to draw inspiration from other nail bloggers or try to solely stick to your own ideas?

I definitely draw inspiration from other nail bloggers. As creative as I am, I always find it very challenging to come up with designs on my own. I think it partly has to do with the fact that I am scared to fail, so if I see a design I love on another nail artist, I know how it looks already so I don’t have to worry about the colors clashing or it not turning out like I planned. It’s fun to draw inspiration from others though! I know they enjoy seeing recreations and I definitely do as well when people recreate my designs!

 I started doing nail art and blogging after seeing so many cool designs on Tumblr. This inspired me to make my own Tumblr account for my nails and it just took off from there! 

Sunshine Nail Art

9. Have you ever tried some of your more difficult designs on your toes?

You know, I haven’t. I know some people like to paint their toenails pretty often with cute designs and such, but for some reason, that’s just not me. I think part of it is that my toenails are so tiny! I’m only 5 foot, so my feet are pretty small, therefore small toenails! Once in a while I will paint a semi-detailed design on my big toe, but that’s it!

Bob’s Burgers Nail Art

10.  Have you ever tried any indie brands? If not, any you want to?

Yes! I have done swatches for Fickle Fairy Potions, Daily Hues Nail Lacquer, Shimmer Polish and BubbleLina Nail Polish. The first Indie polish I tried, I was amazed how nice and professional it was. I definitely commend Indie polish makers for all the effort they put into their work!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nail Art

11.  What design took you the absolute longest to finish?

Hmm. This is a tough one. I’ve never actually timed myself painting. (maybe I should!) I think I’d have to say my Beauty and the Beast design. This was one of the first detailed designs I did and I just remember sitting at the kitchen table painting for probably about 4-5 hours. Now that I paint detailed designs pretty often, they don’t take quite as long anymore.

Beauty And The Beast Nail Art

 12. If you could only use one tool for your nail art, what would it be?

I just love my paintbrushes. To me, this is THE most important tool. You could give me all of the polish and acrylic paint in the world but this would be virtually useless without a good brush!

 

Thank you so much Celine! Tell us below what your favorite designs are!

 

Find more of Celine’s nail art in her Nailpolis gallery, and on her blog Celine Does Nails.

Sunset Nails

This week we are interviewing the talented Margriet from 365 Days of Nail Art, she recently finished an amazing project where she created a different nail art design, every day for a entire year!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi all! I’m Margriet from the Netherlands. I’m 31, happily married and mother of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls). My parents live in Portugal and are planning to tour America and Canada the next couple of years and my sister lives in Spain. Visiting them means travelling, something I really enjoy! I studied to be a social worker (for Residential Institutions, Community Development and Child and Youth Welfare Work). But until the youngest (3 years old) goes fully to school as well I decided to remain a stay-at-home mom and work later. I’m a perfectionist from heart and the biggest chocolate addict in the world :D

I’m a perfectionist from heart and the biggest chocolate addict in the world :D

Mermaid Tail

2. When did you first start getting into nail art?

Around the age of 15, when hitting puberty, I really wanted to be different than others. While the rest was trying to fit in with their appearance I did everything to stand out. One half white and one half black was the favorite look for my long nails. Later on I tried to make simple paintings with a toothpick. I didn’t know anything about the existence of nail art and it was only later when I discovered I was already doing it! At the age of 17 I ran into a nail art package containing 50 nail polish stripers and a how-to video. It looked so easy and I’ve spent many frustrating hours trying to recreate a nail art. It was only until last year that I really wanted to do something for myself besides being a mom. I wanted to start blogging and after a lot of thinking I decided to blog about nail art. I soon came to the conclusion that so many were already blogging about it so I needed to stand out again :D This was the moment I challenged myself with the “365 days of nail art challenge”. Each day, one year long, I created a nail art on my natural nails and blogged about it. It has cost a lot: money, time, stress, nails, frustrations. But it also brought a lot: new friends, love, a better self-esteem and great nail arts.

While the rest was trying to fit in with their appearance I did everything to stand out.

Dragon Nails

3. Where do you like to take your pictures?

I prefer taking pictures outside on a sunny day. And well, that brings us right to the biggest problem…It’s the Netherlands…we don’t have that many sunny days :( I’m still thinking about getting/making myself a light box.

4. Have you ever gotten any interesting reactions while wearing some of your more unique designs?

I wish I could tell you a nice anecdote but I can’t. The Netherlands isn’t really a ‘nail’ country. A lot of people have short, unpainted nails (easy for work) and there is still even a large group that looks at long, painted nails as being witchy or trashy. Therefore most people are simply shocked when looking at my nails and for sure won’t even comment about it :D  Of course, during time I received compliments, requests for doing their nails, oh ah’s and the mostly asked question: do you do this yourself?! However the funniest and weirdest experience I had, was while wearing flocking powder/velvet nails and someone out of the blue started petting my nails (it felt like a stranger touching your pregnant belly…WEIRD).

Puzzle Pieces Sandwich Nail Art

5. How do you keep yourself from hitting inspiration burnout?

Actually the inspiration burnout isn’t really the thing I have trouble with. I get my inspiration everywhere. Sometimes I let the polish speak; color or texture but mostly my inspiration simply comes from browsing the Internet. My laptop is one big Pinterest board of images that I’ve seen and saved because I immediately thought: “Oh wow, that could look great on nails as well!” From paintings, to fabric, to jewelry, to toys, to postcards etc. Painters block is my biggest problem. There are days that I’m simply not able to paint as good as I want. Redoing it or taking another inspiration won’t help. It’s an off-day!

I get my inspiration everywhere. Sometimes I let the polish speak; color or texture but mostly my inspiration simply comes from browsing the Internet.

You Are Beautiful Like A Rainbow

6. What do you consider the most crucial part of your nail care routine?

Oh my, I’m going to make friends and enemies with my answer to this question. I actually don’t do anything special when it comes to nail care. I’m blessed with easy nails. I’ve got a ton of stuff for nail care but I’m simply too lazy for using it. As long as I regularly wear polish I never have to push back my cuticles. I only clip loose cuticle skin and when I see my hands are getting dry I put on a hand cream. Filing (glass file by KOH, which is the best) only happens when my nails are getting too long or when I have to file them all down because I broke a nail. I also use nail polish remover containing Acetone. In my opinion the best way for keeping strong and healthy nails is using a good basecoat (I use Essie First base but all the Essie basecoats are great).

Northern Lights

7. Do you prefer natural nails or acrylics?

For me it’s natural nails for sure! However, we are not all blessed with easy nails and with that in mind I’m happy there is also a possibility of getting acrylics or gel nails. A nail art can look great on whatever canvas!

8. What are some of your other hobbies?

I don’t have time for other hobbies ;-P I take what life is bringing me. There were times in my life I read all the books in the library. I travelled the world. I’ve been at the top of some sports (ballet, volleyball, badminton, speed ice skating, gymnastics). I’ve been on a lot of dance floors and spent a lot of time with friends. There is a lot in life and each period of your lifetime brings new interests and hobbies. Same goes for friends and troubles.  Right now I’m happy with being a mom, wife and filling my free time with NAILS and blogging :D

There is a lot in life and each period of your lifetime brings new interests and hobbies.

Neon Water Marble Accent

9. How often do you change what’s on your nails?

I’m in rehab for the each day change ;D After my 365 days of nail art challenge (which also took a lot of quality time with my loved ones) I promised to take it more slow. I’m now changing my nails when I have free time which is more or less twice a week.

Paris In Love

10. What’s your favorite design that you’ve created over the years?

I love my INAD (International Nail Art Day) nails because there was so much going on there with different techniques and materials. Most favorite however are my dragon nails because they turned out way better than I had hoped for :D

Fifa World Cup Nails

11. What nail polish brand do you find yourself reaching to the most?

I sadly have to say that I’m not a millionaire. I reach mostly to Catrice and Essence because it’s easy available and low-budget. I have great experiences with China Glaze, OPI, Morgan Taylor, KOH, Herome, Color Club and Indie brands as well (but this mostly needs to be purchased online). I’m not a fan of shipping costs and waiting for my polish.

Wave Goddess

12. What design took you the longest to complete?

I can’t remember! All detailed hand painted designs take a lot of time but for me it is relaxing and I love doing it! I’m terrible at water marbling. This takes ages for a perfectionist like me…open spots, blobs, nail polish everywhere AAAHHHH. The final shown picture would be the 50th try.

Abstract neon nails

13. What type of brushes do you use for your nail art?

I started with striper brushes (low budget) and now I mostly use detail brushes that I get from a store that sells model building materials. Still not very expensive and comparable to Kolinsky hair brushes size 0000.

Spring Argyle Nails

14. What other nail bloggers do you like to draw inspiration from?

I follow a lot of other bloggers and see a lot of nail arts passing by. I like to be unique though, with my own inspirations, techniques and style. Sometimes a new technique and/or design passes by a lot and I can’t help but try it out myself. It was only in the beginning that I recreated other bloggers nail arts (and didn’t credit them for it…so sorry because I was just a noob that didn’t know about this unwritten rule). Nowadays I mostly look up to the people creating new techniques, think outside the box or make really art pieces. For example: Pisut Masanong, Dess, Ryoko Garcia.

Thank you so much Margriet! Comment below and tell us your favorite designs!

Keep with Margriet’s nail art on Nailpolis and her blog!

 

Galaxies

This week on Nailpolis Magazine we’re interviewing the lovely Lindsey from Wondrously Polished! We love her colorful freehand and she’s covered a vast range of subject matter with her nail art, so keep reading to find out more on how she comes up with it!

1. Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello, all! I’m Lindsey and I ramble about nail art over on Wondrously Polished! I’m 23 and currently live with my high school sweetheart of almost 9 years in Southern California. I work as a civil engineer by day and use my nail art hobby as a way to relax and unwind from my stressful work life. When I’m not painting my nails, I’m usually at the gym, reading a new book, or going on hikes with my dog, Fonzi!

Black Base Floral

2. When and how did you get into nail art?

Back in October of 2012 I was browsing the internet and came across an online forum dedicated entirely to nail art. I was stunned and mesmerized by some of the amazing manicures these ladies were creating and I was immediately hooked on the idea of doing something like it. Before then, I had only owned pink and red nail polish! I know, it was a travesty! About a month later, I decided to start my blog as a way to document the art I was creating, and the rest of it is history!

I was stunned and mesmerized by some of the amazing manicures these ladies were creating and I was immediately hooked on the idea of doing something like it.

She’s Like The Wind

3. How would you describe your personality? Do you tend to express it through your nail art?
I’d like to think I’m a pretty down to earth person who is understanding and friendly with everyone. I absolutely love that blogging and nail art has allowed me to meet so many people I never would have met otherwise. I’m a very analytical and meticulous person but I also have an artistic and whimsical side to me. Nail art and my blog allow me to combine those two parts of me. My nail art is a huge reflection of my style and taste and my blog is an extension of my personality.

My nail art is a huge reflection of my style and taste and my blog is an extension of my personality.

Lion King Sunrise

4. How long do you usually spend to complete each of your designs?

It depends! If it’s a simple design, it could take me 20 minutes, but more complex designs can take me hours! I don’t mind the time it takes though – I love getting lost in a detailed nail art look. It’s my happy place!

California State Flag

5. What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever found nail art inspiration from? 

Hmm, probably a wine bottle label! It was a day of the dead skeleton girl and I just fell in love with her and knew I’d have to paint her on my nails!

Sofa King Bueno Skeleton Girl

6. What are some staple products in your nail art routine? Any brushes, colors, paints, top coats, etc that you find yourself using all the time?

Without a doubt, the most important item for my nail art routine is a good detailing brush. I am constantly in search of the next best brush. I usually buy the smallest acrylic brush I can find at my local craft store and then trim it down, hair by hair, until it’s the length and thickness that I want.  I also really recommend painting with craft acrylic paints! They are incredibly cheap (about $1 for a 2oz bottle!) and they are so smooth and easy to work with compared to polish. If you’re considering trying acrylic paint, start out with a bottle of black! You won’t regret it as you’ll not longer have to worry about your work smearing when you apply your top coat.

Warm Vs. Cool- Ocean and Sky

7. How many bottles of nail polish do you own?

Oh boy. I honestly don’t know anymore! I have 2 helmers full (Ikea storage drawers) and I’ve heard that a helmer can hold up to 500 bottles…It’s probably safe to say I have close to 1000 bottles. It might be time to have a blog sale for some of these babies!

8. What’s your favorite nail polish brand?

That’s a tough one! I think I’d have to say Zoya. I just love all the shades they come out with and they are pretty consistent with their formulas each time.

Floral Pointillism

 9. How do your take your beautiful nail art photos? 

I am fortunate enough to have been given a Canon Rebel t3i, so I use that for all of my photos and I shoot in raw manual mode so that I can have as much control as possible over the polish colors. I used to use a lightbox but could never get my photos just right so now I just use two desk lamps directed right onto my nails. I bought two daylight Ottlight bulbs (with a temperature of 5500K) that help keep my hands and the polish colors as true to life as possible. After all the photos are taken, I use a program called Aperture to adjust the exposure or the shot or fix the colors if need be. Finally, in a free photo editing software called GIMP (it’s like photoshop!), I add my watermarks, crop and resize my photos. It’s quite the production! It can take up to an hour from start to finish to do everything, but I’d say it’s worth it in the end.

The Blue Sword

10. How has nail art made an impact in your life?

It has changed my life! Seriously. It has helped me gain confidence in myself and realize that I can be good at something. It’s allowed me to find my own voice and point of view and realize what I do and don’t like. Not to mention all the wonderful people I’ve met because of this obsession!

11. Do you usually show up at work with awesome nail art? How do people generally react?

I work with a bunch of guys so it took them a few months to realize that I had intricate things painted on my nails…but now that they know, every few days they ask me what I have painted on my nails today ;) Who says guys can’t enjoy nail art?

  I’m a very analytical and meticulous person but I also have an artistic and whimsical side to me.

Orange and Blue Floral

 12. Who are some other nail artists that inspire you?

Oh this is such a tough one! There are so many inspiring artists! I usually find myself looking to Meghan from Will Paint Nails for Food or Jacki from Adventures in Acetone for inspiration. They’re both so creative and talented.

13. Does your boyfriend mind the smell of nail polish? Any tips for nail art addicts who want to paint their nails frequently without driving their roommates crazy?

My boyfriend either doesn’t mind the smell or is just used to it after almost 2 years! I’d say if you have roommates who are less than crazy about the smell, try and keep your polish and painting contained to one area so they can avoid that spot if need be. I also usually have a small fan going in my work area to keep the air circulating and the smell at a minimum.

Night Sky

14. To a lot of people who haven’t tried nail art, our obsessions seem a little absurd. Why do you think nail art is so popular and addicting?

I think it’s so addicting because it’s something you get to walk around all day wearing and admiring. With other art, it might hang on your wall and you’ll notice it every few days, but with nail art, you get to stare at it all day long! I also think there is a certain amount of instant satisfaction that comes with buying a new bottle of nail polish! It’s addicting!

With other art, it might hang on your wall and you’ll notice it every few days, but with nail art, you get to stare at it all day long!

Egyptian Hieroglyphs

15. Assuming money were no barrier… If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would absolutely love to travel to New Zealand or Iceland! Both countries just look so beautiful! I know I would feel inspired and amazed being there. Who wants to go with me??


 

Thank you so much Lindsey! We hope you enjoyed reading this interview, and maybe even found some ideas for your own nail art!

Don’t forget to visit Lindsey’s blog and follow her nail art on Nailpolis!

 

Neon aztec nails

This week on Nailpolis Magazine, we interview Nailpolis member Erin about her nail art, tips, and how nail art makes an impact in her life. She may only be 15 years old, but her nail art is already inspiring a large audience! We can’t even imagine where her talent will take her a few years from now!

I am very quiet, but since my nails are often a conversation starter, I’ve definitely become less timid and more open about sharing what I love.

1. Tell us a little about yourself! (a short “About Me”)

Hi! :) I’m Erin and I’m 15 years old, turning 16 this August. I’ll be a junior in high school next year. I’ve always loved to create and make art since I was little. My nail art obsession didn’t really begin until I was about 13, but I used to paint my nails silver with hot pink polka dots when I was 7! Other than my nails, I also enjoy music (I am a part of my school choir) and I also like to sew in Fashions class at school.

2. When and how did you get into nail art?

When I started high school two years ago, I was really disappointed to not get the opportunity to be in an art class. My guidance counselor was unfortunately not able to get one into my schedule. Art has always been my favorite school subject and I’ve taken it every year in school, as well as being a part of the select artist program that does more advanced projects after school. I guess you could say that since I didn’t get to take art, I was looking for a creative outlet. So, I started getting into painting my nails! I had done nail art before, but nothing too fancy, just polka dots and flowers. I started doing some more difficult designs, especially for holidays. In February of 2013, I created my Instagram account after my friends convinced me to, and since then it has grown significantly and I’ve started making YouTube tutorials and blogging about nails.

I was looking for a creative outlet. So, I started getting into painting my nails!

Neon sunset gradient nails

3. We we can’t believe you’re only 15 (and so talented)! How do you find ways to balance your time between school and nail art?

Thank you! :) I’ll admit, it gets hard sometimes to balance everything. I just try and manage my time well so I can do what I love while still doing well at school. The rule in my house has always been that school comes first, and I work very hard to keep all my A’s and B’s as well as being on the honor roll. I get my homework done first and then do my nails. It works out well since there is a great incentive for finishing my homework! :) There have also been a few times where I will do my homework while doing my nails. I’ll paint a coat of polish, then do one subject’s homework, and then another coat, etc. I do my very best to have my homework done first, though.

4. How do you usually come up with nail art ideas?

I get inspiration from everywhere! I tend to get a lot of inspiration from patterns or clothes. For example, my Orange Floral nail design was inspired by the floral pattern one of my favorite tops. Sometimes I see a color combination I love that will inspire me to do a design like it. A lot of times, I do nails inspired by themes. Also in school, I will often get inspiration randomly from something I see, and either write it down in a note in my phone or draw out the design in my school planner.

I get my homework done first and then do my nails. It works out well since there is a great incentive for finishing my homework!

Mint and gold gradient chevron nails

5. How long do you usually spend to complete a nail art design?

My nail designs can take between 1 and 2 hours to complete, depending on the complexity. If I’m doing a lot of freehand work, it will take me longer, but a simpler design will only take me about an hour or less.

6. What are some staple products in your nail art routine? Any brushes, colors, top coats etc that you find yourself using all the time?

I swear by Lush’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle butter as a part of my routine. It’s actually my sister’s, but I love it so much that I use it all the time! I think that nail care is one of the most important things about nail art, and moisturizing my hands and cuticles is something that I do all the time.

For brushes, I usually just get paintbrushes at the art store and cut them down to a fine tip to do detailed designs. You can buy them pre-cut and specifically for nail art, but I think it’s easier to just buy paint brushes and then make them the size that I need.

I also think that dotting tools are a staple product. I love mine (I got them on Amazon) and dotting tools are a must have for beginner nail artists. You can even make your own using bobby pins or sewing pins!

The top coat I usually use is INM Out the Door top coat, but I also love Salon Perfect Crystal Clear top coat. Sometimes INM will smudge the polish, but I haven’t had that problem with Crystal Clear.

As for colors, I love polishes that will go with anything and can be used in many different designs. I love using OPI Liquid Sand “Honey Ryder” which is a matte textured gold glitter polish. Since it makes the perfect accent nail and goes with almost the time and I love it!

I think that nail care is one of the most important things about nail art, and moisturizing my hands and cuticles is something that I do all the time.

Gradient triangle nails with stud

7. Do you use nail polish or acrylic paint for the smaller details on your design?

It really depends. Most of the time, I use nail polish, but more recently I have been using acrylic paint. I used black acrylic paint to do the palm trees on my Neon Sunset Silhouette Nails, and the swirl in my Ariana Grande 60’s Inspired nails . There are a lot of benefits to using acrylic paint — for example, it’s easier to work with and to clean off of brushes. I think I am starting to like paint more, but I still use polish more often.

8. What’s a nail art technique that you simply couldn’t live without?

I could not live without the chevron tape method!! I absolutely love chevron designs so the chevron tape method is one of my favorite things ever. I just cut clear scotch tape with pinking shears (I use the ones that cut fabric, because I find they are sharper) and then place them on my nail. Then I paint over it, peel off the tape, and then I have perfect chevrons!

Pink polka dot nails

9. Of all your designs so far, which one are you most proud of and why?

That is such a tough question… I love all of my designs for unique reasons. I think the one I’m most proud of might be my Pink Heart Themed nails because they took me a really long time to do, and it was my first time doing cut out nails and glitter placement. Also, one of the things that made me so proud of them was how well received they were. So many people seemed to like them and I had so many wonderful comments about the design.

10. How many bottles of nail polish do you own?

I own around 130 bottles of polish. I know that isn’t nearly as much as some bloggers or nail artists, but my friends and family still think it’s insane. My collection is always growing, though!

11. If you could only own one bottle of nail polish for the rest of your life (and I sure hope this never happens), which would it be?

What a tragedy!!! I certainly hope this never happens… If I absolutely had to have only one, I think I would choose Zoya “Blu”. Light blue is my favorite color, and “Blu” is the perfect shade! I could wear it all the time! I have a swatch of it:

Zoya Blu Swatch

12. What’s your favorite nail polish brand?

I’ve always loved Essie nail polishes. I’ve used their polishes for forever, and I think their color selections are amazing! I would own every bottle if I could because the colors are all ones that I would wear. I have never gone wrong with Essie, and some of my favorite polishes are from them. (Where’s My Chauffeur, Lilacism, Mint Candy Apple, and Naughty Nautical to name a few)

13. What is your #1 tip for someone who is just beginning with nail art?

Definitely to clean up and to use top coat. I know in the beginning I didn’t do this, but it makes a HUGE difference. Top coat smooths your design and makes it look finished and polished (no pun intended) and clean up can instantly make your work look 1000 times better.

Clean up can instantly make your work look 1000 times better.

Bue triangle stripe nails

 

14. Who are some other nail artists that inspire you?

I’ve been inspired by hundreds of talented ladies. The first nail artist that inspired me to do my own nail art was HannahRoxNails (formerly known as Pixiepolish). I saw her cupcake nail art tutorial and fell in love. Some of my biggest inspirations are the people that I follow on Instagram, especially those that I have become friendly with. Some of my best Instagram friends are @swiftpolish, @wannaknowasecret, @sabrinasnails, and @everything_nail_me_. All of them do creative, beautiful designs and they are so sweet and kind! I also am seriously inspired by @nailsofjessiek, the chevron queen, and @celinedoesnails. I just want to recreate every design they’ve done.

15. How do you think nail art has made an impact in your life?

For one thing, it’s definitely forced me to go out of my comfort zone a bit. I am very quiet, but since my nails are often a conversation starter, I’ve definitely become less timid and more open about sharing what I love. I also have tried designs and styles that I never would have considered, like skulls and animal print. I love sticking to chevrons, florals, and gradients, but I think that because of nail art my personal style has really expanded. I’ve also worn bolder and darker colors on my nails, which is something I never would have done before (I tend to wear girly pastels). Nail art has become such an important part of my life and I’m so happy that doing something I love has gotten me where I am today!

Because of nail art my personal style has really expanded.

Minnie mouse nails

Thank you so much Erin! We hope you enjoyed reading this interview.

Don’t forget to visit Erin’s blog & follow her nail art on Nailpolis!