How long have you been doing nail art and what inspired you to start?
I've been doing it for about two years on myself but only started doing other people's nails a year ago! My friend Beth had painted leopard print on herself after seeing WAH Nails and I was obsessed! She bought me my first nail pen and after sitting for hours on Tumblr looking at WAH, Sophy Robson and Pretty Nail Swag's pages (along with loads more) I knew my nails would never be the same again.
What products did you use for the pastel thug life mani?
Those nails were for a photo shoot so I painted some really long, almond shaped false nails. I used Mint Choc Chip (pastel blue) 17 polish from Boots for the base and sponged on layers of 17 Fairy Cake (pastel pink) to create the gradient. I used the 17 Glitter Topcoat to give it a bit of an iridescent sparkle and then used my Tantrum "Nail Candy" nail art pen in White to draw on the Thug Life lettering. Lastly, I swiped a layer of Seche Vite over each nail to finish the design and smooth everything out.
What tool/product could you not live without?
This is a tough one! If I had to pick three it would be OPI's Chip Skip, my Nail Candy pens and Seche Vite!
How did you get into freelance nail art for photoshoots etc.?
It's just who you know really! It helps to keep in contact with creative people and people who's work you admire, I guess I'm really lucky because Glasgow is bursting with amazing talent and there's always fashion shows, photo shoots and events to be part of! I'm still starting out though so maybe one day I could do it full time.
Any advice for new nail artists trying to break into the industry?
Just create a brand for yourself, put yourself and what you do out there. There are endless possibilities, don't ever be put off by the fact that there are loads of nail artists out there, what makes you unique? Sell that! Just let people know that you're talented and you love what you do. You might have to work for free at the start but remember you're getting an opportunity to do something new and different.
Also, it always helps to be nice to people and act professional. Oh and don't steal people's designs/ideas. It's fine to recreate something you admire, but credit the person you were inspired by, otherwise you'll make a bad name for yourself. But as I said, I'm still a newbie!
What trend/look do you wish would go away forever?
Fan shaped nails! Aw man they give me the heebie jeebies! (Sorry fan-nail-fans!)
What inspires you?
Ah! I'm a bit of a scatterbrain so I get inspired by anything and everything. I always have grand ideas and I am constantly in awe of people who do ridiculously intricate nail designs but I like to keep my nails quite simple. I like the idea that people can re-create them easily if they want. But mostly, it's the girls who's nails I do that inspire me. They keep me on my toes and always come up with cool ideas and colour combinations, I'm just there to paint it on really haha!
Betty is totally awesome. How old is she?
Awww thank you! She is my favourite thing in the whole world and is 2 and a half years old.
Thanks so much Tammy! You're such a sweet girl and your nails are siiiiiccckkkk! All my readers in Glawsgow can get their nails done by her every Saturday, just give her an email!