Diary of a Nail Tech Student

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Inspiration Picture

The current Nail Technician class at Evergreen Beauty College is holding a nail competition that has me and my fellow classmates taking pictures we find for inspiration of whatever we would like, whether it be other nail art, fashion, or the “feel” of a picture that inspires us to create nail art from that photo.

I personally decided to take a photo I found and have the “feel” of the photo inspire the nails I created which are hand made press-on gel form nails.

I found this photo of the girl in red holding a knife over her eye on an Instagram board that was photographed by Isolde Woudstra. I really loved the composition and the simplicity of the photo. I then noticed her fantastic red slacks and matching blazer followed by a not so everyday accessory… a knife. Now take the way she is holding the knife, she is holding the knife in a non- violent way over her eye, partially covering her face. This shows and gives me the feeling she has had heartache and has walls built around her to protect herself but this girl also wants you to know that she is a confident woman and not a person to mess with in that fierce red pantsuit.

Overall the nails I created (RED) were made from hard gel that was shaped in what is called a “coffin” shape. Once I created my form foundations to make the press-on nails, I polished then hand painted each finger with the middle finger being 3D acrylic nail art which I used mixed media with acrylic Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetpaint and metallic watercolors for shading.  Each finger represents something a little different that relates and translates over from the photo used for inspiration.

The thumb is a solid simple red by OPI that ties it in with the other fingers, her foundation. The pointer finger represents her fabulous suit and emotional walls, her armor. The middle finger with 3D nail art represents cartilage, scarring and also matches the brick wall in the inspiration photo, her scars. The ring finger represents the broken heart, her hurt. The pinky finger baring the red cross represents time and processing, her healing.

 As nails techs we usually have monthly competitions with each other that are always a good time and you get to see and learn what others are doing in your program. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did creating it!

*We will be posting all the student photos on the Evergreen Beauty College Facebook to have a voting contest to see who gets the most likes on their photo. Please vote!

Evergreen Beauty College offers esthetics and cosmetology programs. Contact us for more information.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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Lauren Geller
Lauren Geller
9 years ago

Wow I am so inspired by this. You are a true nail artist! A lot of people don’t understand that this industry is not just “making yourself pretty” its a art and has a story to tell. Beautiful job!!

Mimi Hanson
Mimi Hanson
9 years ago

Beautuful job. Well done Ms Megan
Pleasure to have in as one of the nail student,Truely talent.

9 years ago

You are so deep when it comes to art…Thank you for painting that picture and sharing your insight. I love how much the nail industry has evolved and how much more we can do with nails! Keep us posted with what you guys are doing! Thank you for sharing.