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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

Jennifer a.k.a Polished With Love has made this wonderful Sugar Spun Nail Art tutorial for us today! Don’t be afraid to get messy with this one, in fact, the messier, the better! Check out more of Jennifer’s lovely nail art in her Nailpolis gallery here.

Polished-with-love-tutorial (1)

Step one: Paint two coats of your favorite polish (mattify it if you wish).

Step two: Place a few drops of the fist polish on a piece of foil. Let it dry for ~ 5 minutes.

Step three: Once it’s goopy, use a Dotting tool to swirl and drag it.

Step four: Place a drop on one side of the nail and drag the polish string across your nail.

Step five: Repeat on all nails.

 Step six: Add more colors and don’t forget to clean up! No topcoat needed!

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

Christabell from the YouTube channel ChristabellNails is showing us how to create these fun converse nails today! Just like the shoes, these nails can be painted in so many different colors! You can check out more of Christabell’s nail art in her Nailpolis gallery and her Instagram as well.
Christabell-Nails-Sneakers-Converse-Nails-Tutorial
Step 1: Paint nails with base coat and allow to dry.

Step 2: Apply a piece of tape to tip of nail and paint entire nail red.

Step 3: Remove piece of tape while polish is still wet.

Step 4: Paint tip of nail white and then apply topcoat to full nail.

Step 5: Paint a thin black line along white tip using a thin brush.

Step 6: Use dotting tool to add six silver dots, connect the dots using a thin brush.

 

steve chains

This week on Nailpolis we have an especially exciting interview for you, we had the pleasure of interviewing Steve from Lacquer Man! We think it’s a shame how few and far between male nail artists are, and we hope Steve will inspire some of you guys out there to get your hands (or rather nails) dirty with nail art!

 

1. When did you first start wearing nail polish?

June 10th, 2011. I remember the date, because I lost a bet that day, and for losing I was required to paint my toe nails neon pink. And, not just paint them – I had to wear them openly in a public place… take photos there.. post the photos on my online profiles (social media and dating sites).. leave the color on for one full week.. always refer to them as “my pretty pink toes”… and never wear enclosed toe shoes that week, except at work (where steel-toe boots are a requirement). If I was caught violating this, I would have to forfeit $200. My friends, the winners of the bet, were certain that I would chicken out (as I was sure they would do, if I were to have won the bet) – basically, we were wagering “manliness”, and we were all agreed that neon pink painted toenails would be a significant loss of manliness for the loser, which (to our drunken guy-brains..) would increase the manliness of the winner. BUT – faced with the choice between honoring the bet, or running away from it, I realized that it would be more “manly” to honor the bet. This was actually an epiphany for me – TRUE “manhood” really has nothing to do with what someone wears, how fast their car is, how much alcohol they can drink, or how many guys they can beat in a fight… THAT is all just chest-pounding, knuckle-dragging macho B.S.. Instead, I realized that true manhood is all about one’s character – things like honesty, dependability, responsibility, boldness, confidence – and neon pink toes wouldn’t diminish that, but violating the promise I made (inherent in making the bet) would demonstrate a lack of character which WOULD undermine my credibility as a man.

steve cow

 Nail polish is actually just paint – if you read the ingredients list, there is no item on the list called “gender”, there is no gender in the bottle.

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

Oh, yes! Initially, I had no idea how people would react. I actually had a whole story scripted and rehearsed, ready to go in case anyone confronted me: “Maybe I have a daughter, OK? Maybe she just lost her mom – my wife – to breast cancer… and my little girl is taking it really hard. Maybe she used to love painting nails with her mom… and maybe I let her paint my damn toes pink in remembrance of her mom, and to raise awareness of this evil disease that has invaded our lives and took her mother away from us….. Or, ya know, MAYBE it’s none of your damn business!” The first few times I showed my pretty pink toes in public, I clutched that story like a security blanket – but I never actually used it! The most negative reaction I got was to overhear a guy mutter “Only inAmerica..” to his girlfriend as they stood behind me in a Wal-Mart checkout line. I realized that if I had turned and laid that story on him, he would probably lose that girlfriend right there – and since his disapproval didn’t actually hurt me, he didn’t actually deserve to lose the respect of his girlfriend over a made-up story. I realized that his opinion had no power over me, unless I CHOOSE to let it bother me the way he let my toes bother him.

What’s funny is that since then, this is the question I am asked the most. People will approach me, and ask about my nails – and they usually say “I think that’s awesome… but aren’t you afraid of what others might think of you?” I always tell them “Not really, because I’ve found that most people think the same as what you just said – and that’s nothing to be afraid of. If anyone has a problem with my nails…. that’s really THEIR problem!”

  I realized that true manhood is all about one’s character – things like honesty, dependability, responsibility, boldness, confidence – and neon pink toes wouldn’t diminish that.

steve feet

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

I honestly can’t imagine myself ever giving it up. When I started wearing it, that came with a realization that up to that point I had been blindly following assumptions which had no basis in anything real, and which were based in sexist prejudices in society (as in: ‘men can’t wear this… because it’s girly… and girly is bad’). I don’t wear it all the time – I’m actually prohibited from wearing color on my hands at work – but for me to consciously STOP wearing it, permanently, I would have to deliberately endorse (not just “blindly follow”) the sexist prejudice against men wearing nail color.

 I stay away from intricate striping designs, beads or stones, and stamped patterns – those look a little too delicate on my large hands.

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 to them, that it’s a bigger “thing” in their own mind than anywhere else. People really have more important things to worry about in their own lives than whether you are wearing nail color. Very few people are actively, personally opposed to it – most everyone thinks that everyone ELSE is opposed to it. Much like the way everybody once thought the Earth was flat, for no reason except that they thought everyone else “knew” the Earth was flat… but the Earth was never actually flat. Nail polish is actually just paint – if you read the ingredients list, there is no item on the list called “gender”, there is no gender in the bottle. Nail color is a lot like tattoo ink – it’s really OK for anyone. If you like it, and you want to wear it, then you really don’t need anyone else’s approval – just do it!

 

steve camo

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

            Mostly, I wear blues and greens, but I also have some reds that I really like, quite a few purples, some oranges and yellows. Sometimes, I even like to wear pink, just for old times’ sake. Initially, I mostly wore metallics, but eventually I fell in love with crèmes. I also love holographic and color-shifting polishes, but I stay away from glitters. As for nail art – I’ve done a few things, like water marble, camouflage, cow spots, snakeskin effects, flames… but my absolute favorite effect is ombre. I tried the sponge method, and eventually I learned to do that with decent results, but I do most of my ombres with an airbrush. I stay away from intricate striping designs, beads or stones, and stamped patterns – those look a little too delicate on my large hands.

 I’ve made a lot of friends from among those who like my nails… and those who dislike them, generally don’t matter.

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

People generally react positively. I would say that I receive about 50 compliments for every objection I hear. Of course, I know that there are people who object silently – they don’t confront me, I don’t “hear” their objections – and people have a right to their own opinions and preferences, just as I have the same right to mine. I’ve made a lot of friends from among those who like my nails… and those who dislike them, generally don’t matter. I do get a second type of objection – not that I’m wearing nail color as a man, but that a man’s nails look better than hers – but I take that one as a compliment, and I offer to do hers like mine are.

steve snakeskin

7. How would you describe your style?

In a word… basic. Before I started painting my nails, I was literally invisible in a crowd, just another buffalo blending into the herd. Jeans or khakis, nondescript shirt, plain sneakers – really nothing that stood out. Since I’ve been wearing nail color, people notice me – sometimes it feels like I only became “somebody” after I started painting my nails.

 I have a surplus limo bus which I intend to convert into a mobile nail salon – I’ll get a cosmetology certification, hire three or four nail techs, and we’ll go to festivals, fairs and other public events and help beautify the world, one nail at a time…

8. How do you take care of your nails?

I work in heavy construction – I’m a crane operator and a welder – so my main nail care secret is chore gloves. I wear gloves for practically everything I do at work, they keep my nails clean and free of scratches and chips. I also wear clear topcoat at all times to prevent stains. Beyond that, frequent hand-washing, moisturizer when my hands feel dry, cuticle oil when I apply or remove color, and basic filing to maintain tip shape and length.

steve gradient

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

Yes. I’ve painted a few of my girlfriends’ nails.

 

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

            I love scuba diving, paintball, boating, fixing cars, gardening (I’m growing several of the world’s hottest pepper varieties). I’m passionate about parenting – but my son is now 19, and I’m adjusting to a parental role that’s less about directing and more about guidance and advice. Among my goals for the future, I have a surplus limo bus which I intend to convert into a mobile nail salon – I’ll get a cosmetology certification, hire three or four nail techs, and we’ll go to festivals, fairs and other public events and help beautify the world, one nail at a time…

 Be sure to check out Steve’s blog Lacquer Man, and his Nailpolis gallery to keep up with his nail art!