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