Manicurist and educator Jessica Ellison, who has also won six Nail Enhancement Artist of the Year Contessa awards, shares how to get to the top of your nail game and shoot a top tier, professional-looking nail competition collection.
(P.S. If you’re a nail tech who wants to be recognized for your work, consider entering to win the Canadian Nail Artist of the Year Contessa award!)
Top trend predictions for 2013?
“Rich and lush hues, multi-faceted tones of nude and black, and ivory for the nails. Less over the top nail art but more refined, jeweled, and delicate nail art. The classic French manicure is also making a comeback. Trends that need to retire: thick whites, overly long lengths, and strong squared shapes. Think less stripper chic and more 70’s glamour.”
Best advice for photo competitions?
“My best advice for nail competitions is be daring and bold. Don’t do a boring red but think outside the box, and just stay away from tacky, mismatched colour blends.”
Secret weapon for shoot day?
“Be well rested, don’t over think the styles or technical work. Breathe, and enjoy the process. The shoots are never like how you imagine them to be so go with the flow on set.”
Strangest tip or piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
“The strangest tip I’ve ever received before a Contessa shoot was from an inexperienced photographer: ‘Hey, I have an electric guitar and some lace gloves for you for the shoot.’ Well ok…thanks?”
“Don’t ever doubt yourself, be inspired, be professional, and create some damn great nails.”
Where do you keep your Contessa Award?
“I keep some near the nail bar and a few in my classroom to help motivate and inspire my students at Nail Nerds Academy.”