We had a chat with nail artist Sarah Waite, editor and creator of Chalkboard Nails, to learn more about her experience as a licensed nail technician, what motivates her on the job, and where she gets her inspiration from. The result is down below – check it out!
1. How did you figure out that nail art is your calling?
I started doing nail art in 2011 after being inspired by a leopard print nail art tutorial online. I really enjoyed having “wearable art” and loved the act of doing it myself. After a few years at a desk job, I was reevaluating my career path and figured maybe it was time to give nails a full-time try!
2. How do you stay motivated?
Motivation can be a real challenge, but I’m always really inspired by my peers in the nail community. So many of them are hard working, take charge kind of women, doing some really creative things. That makes me want to stay on top of my game, too.
3. What part of nail painting do you enjoy the most?
My favorite nail art style to do is geometric and fine line work. I really enjoy the challenge and the precision of it. If your lines aren’t straight, the style doesn’t translate as well, so you really have to stay focused and produce clean work.
4. Best advice you can share with our audience regarding nail care?
When you’re polishing your own nails, don’t skip the base coat! It can protect your nails from staining and make your polish last longer. I also recommend investing in a good cuticle oil like CND SolarOil or OPI Avoplex to soften your cuticles and prevent unsightly hangnails.
5. Name your top 3 inspiring women alive!
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg – She shattered the glass ceiling and continues to be a badass woman. (I even did nail art of her once!)
- Tina Fey – She’s been involved in so many of my favorite things. Tina is so funny and works so hard!
- Lady Gaga – I watched her Netflix documentary recently and it really made me respect her hustle. She puts all of herself into everything that she does. Beyond the work ethic, she’s just crazy talented and unafraid to do things her way.
Sarah has an impressive social media presence. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube, where she shares her amazing nail art, and even makes tutorials to teach other people how to create different designs. So, if you’re a fan of nail art, you won’t want to miss her! What is your favorite type of nail design? Leave a comment below!