Nargis Khan of Tips Nail Bar in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood is known for creating inspiring looks, with a long list of star-studded Canadian clientele. On this #ManiMonday, we reflect with the Contessa 2017 Canadian Nail Artist of the Year winner about winning her first Contessa award, how she continues to push her creative boundaries and what her advice is for new Contessa entrants.
Salon Magazine: What was it like to win the Contessa award for Nail Artist of the Year?
Nargis Khan: It was a dream—completely surreal, a huge honour and very humbling!
SM: What inspires your creativity with your nail art?
NK: Fashion trends; art in all forms—from architecture to street art to prints. I find inspiration in everything.
SM: What’s one piece of advice you would offer someone entering the Contessas for the first time?
NK: Be creative, do something different and take risks!
SM: How has social media impacted your success as a nail artist?
NK: I love social media! It’s the best way to get yourself out there! After all, it’s an amazing platform for showcasing your work. Connecting with other artists is always inspiring, as well!
SM: Any photo shoot tips or secrets you could share?
NK: Plan ahead and go over fine details! It’s not every day that you get to direct a shoot, so make sure you have a clear vision and delegate that to your team.
“Be creative, do something different and take risks!” ~ Nargis Khan, Contessa 2017 Canadian Nail Artist of the Year
SM: Do you have a mentor or someone you look up to when it comes to nails?
NK: Owner of Tips Nail Bar, Leeanne Colley. Not only has she inspired and encouraged me with anything and everything nails, but she has supported me through all my projects. Leeanne has created an environment at the salon where we work closely as a team, continuing to learn and inspire each other.
SM: Why do you enter the Contessa Awards?
NK: I enjoy entering because it’s a great platform to be creative and push your limits.
SM: How do you relax when you’re not working or entering competitions?
NK: Because my job is so social, it makes me really appreciate my downtime, which may include hanging with friends or visiting an art exhibit.
SM: If you weren’t a nail artist, what do you think you would be doing?
NK: Probably another medium of art of some sort, or something in the psychology field. Nail techs are not only artists but therapists, too!
SM: What’s next for you?
NK: Trying to better my craft and learn as much as I can. We’ll see what the future holds!
Contessa entries are open! Fill out an entry form or access the rules and regulations here. Hurry! Entries close August 2, 2017.