Need some help with the details of your Canadian Nail Artist of the Year collection? We’ve rounded up some tips, along with some advice from the 2015 winner, Valerie Ducharme, to help point you in the right direction.
Tell a story
Entrants have to submit three before and after images, with three different looks, so why not elevate the cohesiveness of the collection? Tell a story or set a theme with your collection and make an artistic statement. But be sure to “keep it simple by showing enough nail art, at a high difficulty level, without falling into the cliché of the theme,” says Ducharme, also expressing that less is more is the way to go, keeping your collection balanced.
Follow your vision
Sometimes pulling off the look you’ve envisioned is easier said than done. However, bringing the vision to an actual image is dependent on more than just your designs.
Choose a photographer that understands what it’s like to shoot hands since natural-feeling poses often translate a bit awkward on-camera. “Pay extra attention to hands when
choosing your models, specifically the shape and size of the models’ fingers,” says Ducharme. It’s also important that you choose a team that will help your artistic vision come to life,
from that bottle of polish, all the way to the end of the entry process. When it comes to shooting your nails, lighting is key, but so is learning from past experiences. Ducharme explains,
“I should have paid more attention to the reflection of light on the nails [in] the photo shoot.”
Check out what’s worked in the past
Whether it’s going through your own past collections or studying what has worked for past winners and finalists, get inspired or learn something new. Creativity is always
encouraged, so don’t be afraid to take a risk or do something completely new. Stretch yourself!
Check out last year’s Contessa Canadian Nail Artist category winner, Valerie Ducharme.
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