Whether shooting with some of the most iconic photographers in the industry or working on the major advertising campaigns of Balmain & Hermes, a humble girl from Brooklyn, known only as Honey, has helped elevate the nail industry throughout fashion and beyond. We chatted with honey and got to know a little more about this amazing woman & talented artist.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
A visual artist/painter. I just wanted to paint rainbows!
WHAT MUSIC/ARTIST WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP?
Prince, dancehall, reggae
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU BEGIN YOUR NAIL CAREER?
I got my nails done as a gift when I graduated from 8th grade. Then I realized that I could do it myself – I was totally self-taught
How did you get started doing nails for fashion?
It all started in 2004. I was working at a salon in the East Village and someone came in asking for a manicurist for a photo shoot with Steven Klein….. it all happened from there.
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING?
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE (DEAD OR ALIVE)
Patti Wilson, Susanne Bartsch, Betsey Johnson, Willi Ninja, and a bunch of club kids
DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?
I’m a nail junkie, anything to do with nails is my guilty pleasure. On my days off I’m always reading, researching, designing
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE, GO-TO NAIL COLOR OF ALL TIME?
What advice would you give new artists?
- You will get more out of a ‘hands-on’ class than youtube.
- Make sure you have all mediums of nails down (acrylic, gel, nail art, etc) you need to come fully stocked with knowledge, passion & drive to do great nails.
- Stay humble….. big heads are so transparent, we can see right through you.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN PERSONAL NAIL STYLE?
I don’t have a particular style. When the brush hits the nail, who knows what’s going to come out – it’s whatever comes to me
What’s the best career advice you’ve received ?
Best advice I ever received, was to stay on top of your game with continuing education by going to beauty shows, nail classes, etc. My Mentor/Teacher was a gangster nail tech in Jamaica, Queens. She took us to shows to compete, so we could see our flaws. She always had educators come into the school, like the late Tom Halcomb and Japanese Artists to show us techniques, etc.
What products are always in your kit?
- a curette – Honey recommends BIANCO BROTHERS
- 3 way buffer -Honey recommends EZ FLOW
- ridgefiller basecoat – Honey recommends NAIL TEK 2
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU, IN YOUR CAREER?
I’m creating, Honey potion of oils……coming soon!
(dedicated in honor of the late, Debra Tuggle)
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