What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Stephanie and I'm from Toronto, Canada.
How long have you been doing nail art and what inspired you to start?
I've been doing nail art for about 9 months, and more seriously for about 4 months. I was first inspired to start when I saw Konad stamping manicures online. I had no idea that such delicate, pretty nail designs were possible to achieve at home. I ordered my first stamping plates during this time. Then about 4 months ago, I got into my other love, 3D nail art.
What products did you use for the mani, and how long did it take?
I used Misa 'Blush Hour' for the base colour. Half-pearls, clear rhinestones, black microbeads and a handmade black bow comprise the 3D details. Overall the design took me about 40 minutes.
You use a lot of 3-d accessories. Where are your favorite places to buy them?
eBay! I get all of my 3D nail art accessories there, except for my bows, which I make myself.
I find working with microbeads to be a total nightmare! Any tips for making
The key for me is to spread them out on a table so that you can pick them up one-by-one. If you are picking directly from the container, you are going to get 4 and 5 beads at a time, making it difficult to place a bead where you want it. Use a toothpick dipped in topcoat to pick up the bead, and make sure the area on your nail you are placing the bead is sticky enough. Working with microbeads is tedious but easy once you get the hang of it.
What one tool/supply/product could you not live without?
Seche Vite. No matter if I'm doing nail art or just a plain manicure, Seche Vite is essential.
Is there any trends in nail art you'd like to see go away? I feel shatter/crackle is played out at this point, that is the only trend I don't care for.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by art, fashion, by other nail art. Sometimes just a feeling inspires a design. I usually start my designs with an idea for one nail, and then that nail inspires the others.
Thanks Stephanie! Stay awesome! I love repping the Canadian nail artists!
Don't forget to check out the rest of her amazing work at So Long Kitty