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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!