Interviews

Winter bird nail art

In our last newsletter, we asked all of you which artists you’d like us to interview on Nailpolis Magazine! Lots of great artists were recommended, including Nailpolis member and Polish nail artist, Paulina from fall in naiLove! If you’ve been with Nailpolis since February, you may know that Paulina’s love birds design won Nailpolis’ 2014 Nail Art Contest. We’re honored to interview her this week, and we hope you enjoy reading this!

For me nail art is the best way to express myself… Everywhere I go, I can take a little bit of colour with me! That’s amazing!

Colorful jumper-inspired nail art

1. Tell us about yourself!

Hey hey! My name is Paulina but I’m better known as Tamit24 from fall in…naiLove!. I’m just an ordinary 23-year-old girl from Poland with a head full of creative ideas, soul addicted to art and heart filled with colours. Although I’ve got a mathematical mind, I’ve always been attracted by any kind of art: starting with painting, going through sewing and making jewelry, finally I’ve found my true passion- nail art and graphic design. Anything I do, I try my best to express myself and show who I am. I’m a free spirit who loves anything connected to boho or aztec style… Feathers forever!

Although I’ve got a mathematical mind, I’ve always been attracted by any kind of art.

2. How did you get into nail art?

That’s a difficult question! I remember I’ve always loved to have my nails polished but I think that nail art became my true passion about two years ago. It’s all started with…matching my nails to the outfit!

3. What was the first nail design you ever tried? (if you remember!)

I remember it well! It was many years ago when I had almost no idea about nails. It was a simple dotticure made with an old pen!

FALL IN… NAILOVE! – nail art inspired by her blog layout

4. Where do you find your nail art inspiration?

I find my inspiration everywhere! The main source of my nail art ideas is my wardrobe. I’m obsessed with matchy-matchy nails and I always try to match my manicure to the outfit.

I can get inspired while shopping (frankly speaking, sometimes I visit shops only to search for some cool patterns or nice colour combinations). I’m often inspired by other nailart bloggers but I always try to add a piece of me to the things I create on my hands.

Sometimes I visit shops only to search for some cool patterns or nice colour combinations.

Essie Rose nails

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

Oopss…I don’t know the exact number of the bottles I own. I guess that I have about 400 different nailpolishes. My collection is growing bigger and bigger and now…it’s out of my control! That happens when you buy a new bottle everytime you want to cheer yourself up.

6. Do you have a favorite nail polish brand?

Undoubtedly, my favourite brand ever is OPI. I can’t even explain why but I’ve got a huge sentiment towards it. I also love Models Own, Kiko and Colour Alike which comes form Poland (I’m really proud of the fact that we have such a brand here!).

Vintage flower nails

7. For freehand nail art, do you prefer to use acrylic paint or nail polish?

I definitely prefer using acrylic paint for freehand. It gives more possibilities and it’s much easier to work with.

8. What are your favorite nail art brushes to use?

I think every nail art addict knows that searching for a perfect brush is a kind of never-ending story! Now my favourite nail art brushes are those bought at artist’s store. I choose the tiniest ones and they are almost perfect for me.

Love bird nails

9. What’s the longest time you’ve ever spent on a nail design? (link us to the design on Nailpolis so we can include it!)

The longest time I’ve spent on nail design was…almost two days (with some breaks of course!). It was my Love Bird Nails design that I’ve prepared for Nailpolis Valentine’s Nail art Contest.

10. What do you love the most about nail art?

For me nail art is the best way to express myself: my addiction to colour, my style and my love to art. Everywhere I go, I can take a little bit of colour with me! That’s amazing!

MoYou Aztec stamping nails

11. Who are some of your favorite nail artists?

My favourite nail artists are Lindsey from Wondrously Polished, Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge and Panna Marchewka. I adore Pshiiit whom I often call my ‘nailpolish guru’. I adore her creativity!

12. If you could only listen to one song (on repeat) whenever you paint your nails, what would it be?

Oh my… Just one? It’s impossible to choose just one! Lately I’m amazed with Banks.

13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

If I had a chance to travel anywhere in the world, I think I’d love to go on a trip around Greece and Greek islands. I love Greek landscapes, climate and cuisine!

Blogging made me more self-confident, let me discover my true passions and own style.

Sketchy flower nails by Ian Weiss

14. How has nail art made a difference in your life?

It’s incredible how nail art addiction has influenced my life. First of all, it encouraged me to start my own blog. Blogging made me more self-confident, let me discover my true passions and own style. Moreover, I met so many fantastic people online! I’m sure, I wouldn’t have this chance without my blog. Since I’m a blogger, I’m a happier person, too!

15. What is your #1 tip that you would like to share with your readers & other nail artists?

My #1 tip? Be patient, do what you love, don’t let anyone get you down. Find your own style! Don’t be afraid to try out any idea that comes into your mind- the more you practice, the better nail art you make!

My #1 tip? Be patient, do what you love, don’t let anyone get you down.

Vintage flower notebook nails

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

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

Geometric sheer tints

This week on Nailpolis magazine, we interview Carole from Chasing Shadows, a teacher and nail art hobbyist whose nail art constantly tops the charts of Nailpolis’ Top 100! Her colorful nail art always stands out with a clean and precise finish. Read on to learn more about Carole, her nail art techniques, and her story about how nail art changed her life.

“I consider my nails and face as another kind of canvas, waiting to become ephemeral works of art.”

Interview with nail artist Narmai of PiggieLuv

This week on Nailpolis Magazine, we’re bringing you an interview with Narmai of PiggieLuv! Narmai’s Nailpolis gallery is filled with freehand nail art inspiration, designs so detailed and painterly they’ll make your jaw drop!

Narmai is currently 24 and living in a small town in the Netherlands. She writes on her blog and paints her nails almost 24/7! When she’s not painting her nails, she’s playing with her smart, funny, and lovable rats (she owns four of them)and also enjoys learning new languages. Read on to learn more about her life, tips, nail art tricks, and see a photo of her beautifully organized nail polish collection!

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This week, we’re excited to interview Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge! We love the sophisticated simplicity of Kelli’s designs, best demonstrated through her use of geometric patterns, gradients, striping, chevron, and splatter. Older Nailpolis members may remember that she was the judge of Nailpolis’ Spring Awakening nail art contest. You can find a lot of her beautiful designs in her Nailpolis gallery.

Kelli is currently 22 years old, living in New Jersey, USA. She recently graduated from college, and is working in the field of communications. She’s been blogging for around three years now, and loves it more and more every day!

paulinas-passions-quote-1This week, we’re proud to interview Paulina, the artist behind Paulina’s Passions. Paulina was one of the winners of our 2014 Valentine’s Day nail art contest.

Paulina’s Nailpolis gallery is filled with polished and feminine nail art. She can also paint roses like no other–we’ve coined her the “queen of freehand roses”! There’s also no doubt she’s one of the most loved artists on Nailpolis.

In this interview, you’ll get to know Paulina, learn some useful photography tips, and find out how she paints her roses! You’ll even get to see some of her old photography, and drawings by her father.

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This week on Nailpolis Magazine, we’re excited to share our interview with Michelle from Break Rules Not Nails. Michelle is known for her incredible ability to recreate famous paintings on her nails. The recreations are mind-blowing and hyperrealistic–it takes real technique to be able to do this. You may have seen Michelle’s Salvador Dali & Goth Mona Lisa nails on Nailpolis’ Top 100 nail art designs page.

Michelle comes from Brisbane, Australia, and currently lives in a small country town halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. She lives with a small mischievous black cat named Leila (named after Leila from Futurama), because the cat has some attitude! There are nearly 800 bottles of nail polish in her house. (Despite her obsession with nail art, she can’t wear nail polish to work, so some of her designs come off once they are done.)

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This week, we’re honored to interview Cristine of Simply Nailogical. We love her unique, precise, playful, and experimental nail art style.  We are always pleasantly surprised by the places that she manages to find nail art inspiration: Mad Men, Mondrian paintings, cashmere scarves, and deodorant containers!

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For Nailpolis Magazine’s debut, we are featuring an interview with a top Nailpolis artist, Anastasia of Let’s Nail Moscow. Currently 27 years old–Anastasia only began her journey in nail art 6 months ago! It’s almost unbelievable, given how sophisticated, polished, and detailed her designs are. Not to mention, the clean up and photography is incredible.

Behind the scenes, Anastasia is a professional model living in Moscow. But you won’t find a picture of Anastasia anywhere on her blog. She prefers not to be judged by her looks, and instead, wants to be seen for how she expresses herself creatively.