I first came cross Diana from @ricekittynails on instagram, when I saw this picture above! I just loved her cute, girlie designs. Her work is always feminine, pretty and bright, and she really brings fun into her designs! As soon as i checked out her page and saw how many incredible handpainted designs she has I just knew we needed to get her involved in our positive nail movement. We were over the moon when she said yes!! So here is more about the lovely Diana
How long have you been in the nail industry and where about are you located?
I’ve been in the nail industry professionally for about a year and a half now and self-taught for about 3 years. I reside in Los Angeles and I am currently working at Black File Nails located in Fountain Valley, CA.
What or who made you want to get into the nail industry and how did you start?
Before starting my nail career, I graduated from California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. After graduating from college, I found myself not as passionate about my career choice, so I decided to attend beauty school to become a nail technician instead because I’ve always loved creating nail designs. At the time, Black File Nails was hiring and I was determined to work there, since I knew that it would create many great opportunities to start my nail career.
Where or how did you learn to do nails?
I started learning and practicing nail art on myself from watching nail art tutorials on YouTube. After getting my nail tech license I also took additional nail art courses to learn more tips and tricks. I felt like doing nails became my creative outlet where I could really express my artistry.
What treatments do you offer?
I specialize in Gel manicures and hand drawn nail art. I also do Pedis!
What are your favorite treatments and nail art techniques to do and why?
I LOVE WORKING WITH GEL! When I discovered gel polish and gel pots to create nail designs it changed my life forever! My favorite nail art to create is glass nails because I enjoy cutting the material into pieces and putting it together; it’s like solving a mystery puzzle! Also, I like painting cartoon characters. As a kid, I grew up watching a lot of cartoons and would be fascinated by the shapes, colors, forms, and lines that are used to make up a character.
What advice would you give to any start up nail technicians?
Follow your passion and you won’t ever feel like you’re working at all. When life hits you in the face just get back up and work your way through to reach your goals.
Who are your biggest nail inspirations and why?
WOW, there are SO MANY talented nail artists out there! Here’s a few inspirational nail artists that inspire me the most:
1. @nail_unistella was the first person because she incorporates a lot of shattered glass nails, negative space, and other minimal designs.
2. @ninanailedit is amazing! She creates tropical, fun, and floral designs that when every time I think of her, I think of the beach.
3. @nailjob is awesome because I like her execution with her abstract shapes and marble techniques incorporated into the nail designs.
Do you have any favorite set of nails you’ve created?
What is your favorite thing about being a nail tech?
My favorite thing about being a nail tech is how we’re able to make people have beautiful nails whether it’d be for their weddings, vacations, special events, or just to make them feel pretty and confident. It’s great to see your work on their nails and know that they’re taking a piece of you wherever they go. Its feels rewarding to see the finishing results on their nails and seeing a positive reaction to your work.
What products do you use and which ones would you recommend?
BIOSEAWEED GEL and Presto for sure! I love Bioseaweedgel products because they offer a variety range of colors to choose from. Also, their products are 5-free which means they don’t have those harmful chemicals that stain, weaken, or dehydrate your nails. I recently was asked to be an ambassador for them, which has been an amazing opportunity for me since I am an actual user of their product! So of course if anyone’s been curious about their product line you can use my discount code RICEKITTYNAILS to save money on your purchase. As for Presto, their gel pots are what I use for my detailed nail art so these products are definitely worth of investment for anyone trying to expand their nail art.
What is your favorite nail shape and why?
ALMOND SHAPE. I like the almond nail shape because it helps elongate my fingers and I feel like my nails don’t break as easily!
If you had to pick one nail color to wear for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
PINKKKK! Pink is one of my favorite colors to wear because it makes me feel feminine and creates a gentle loving energy.
What are your goals for the future?
1. Travel to Japan and Korea.
2. Take a nail art course in Japan.
3. Become a nail educator.
4. Possibly create my own nail polish line or something nail related.
What is you biggest accomplishment so far in your nail career?
I’ve had some amazing opportunities to collab and work with amazing people! One of my biggest accomplishments is being featured in NAILS Magazine in their January 2017 issue. Then of course being considered for an interview with @clawgasmic can be added to my list, as it’s such an honor.
What is your top application tip?
Always make sure to prep the clients’ nails properly. A great smooth foundation of the nails is crucial for a lasting manicure.
Thank you so much for getting involved huni we really appreciate you taking the time out to do this and we know you will inspire and encourage so many not to mention that we are honored we made one of your biggest accomplishments!! We wish you nothing but the best for the future doll, please keep inspiring us all…. Make sure you go and check out her page guys @ricekittynails
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