After winning the Contessa for Canadian Nail Artist of the Year in 2015, Valerie Ducharme gained even more recognition among her peers and validated that she was on the right path. “When you put in all the necessary efforts, it pays off!” says Ducharme.
What’s more, with this award she has become an inspiration for other nail artists. “Competing in the Contessas has given me a broader view of my craft because different elements must converge for a collection to be successful. I’m so grateful that Salon Magazine created the nail artist category! To me, this means that we really have an important role to play in fashion,” explains Ducharme.
It’s all About the Technique
To create these showstopping nails with precise, intricate designs, Ducharme mainly focuses on the resin and powder technique to shape the nail and then uses acrylic paint to decorate it. “It’s a wonderful technique that I’ve adapted over the years to create different styles according to what I want to create,” she says.
For this entry, Ducharme focused on a monochrome palette “so that I wouldn’t get too lost in the details because sometimes I tend to go overboard when I create nail designs!” she says.
Although Ducharme created her Contessa entry in June, as a launch point for her collection she went online to research what the upcoming fall/winter 2015 trends would be. “I was very inspired by the black and white optical-illusion print dresses I saw,” she says. “I liked the op-art effect it created and I thought it would be great for nails.”
Contessa 27 finalist nail artist of the year
As a nail artist, Valerie Ducharme is passionate about her craft, continuing to refine her skills both creatively and technically and constantly researching for collections. She continues to participate in competitions to not only develop her own career but also help others set a higher standard within the industry.
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