Meet Kristin Gardner, the ultra-talented artist behind Lacquerstyle. Her designs are often so meticulously done, you can’t tell whether they’re hand painted or a decal! Follow along as we sit down with her and meet the girl behind the manicure.
Nail It!: What got you into nail art?
Kristin: I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember. I actually used to paint on canvases and took art classes all through school. I kind of just put two and two together when I first started posting my nails online.
How long have you been writing on your blog?
I started my blog in June 2013, but I’ve been posting my nails on Instagram for a year and a half now.
What sort of things will readers find on your blog?
Very detailed, unique nail art created with nail polish only, as well as tutorials to recreate my designs. I also like to post swatches and product reviews of new collections.
What’s one of your favorite posts?
One of my favorite posts is my OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 nail art that I created using four of the polishes from the collection. I loved wearing them, and I am very happy with how the photos turned out.
What’s some favorite nails you’ve done? What inspired you to try it?
My favorite to date are my Vintage Gradient Floral nails. I was inspired by a vintage blanket from my grandmother. I love to look at photos of real flowers for references while I’m painting, which acts as great inspiration as well.
Neon Tribal nails: Inspired by Katy Perry’s neon outfit from her 2014 Brit Awards performance. When I saw the photos, I knew I had to figure out a way to create them on my nails.
Winter Trees: Inspired by my back yard, after the first major snow last winter.
What is your “day job?” What do you do outside your blog?
I just recently got a certification at a beauty college, and I hope to advance and learn even more. I would also love to start doing some editorial and fashion work.
How do you juggle nails and other aspects of your life? Do you have a routine?
I don’t really have a routine. It’s fairly easy for me to get work done when I am feeling inspired, or in a creative mood, and creating something beautiful on my nails can be quite relaxing for me as well.
What’s one secret to a successful blog you can share?
Patience. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it can take a while to gain momentum and build up followers/subscribers. I just try to post art that makes me happy, and hopefully it’s something special that you would only see on my blog.
What is your absolute favorite color of polish?
That is a hard one. I’m always happy to wear a magenta color (somewhere in between pink and purple), or just any polish that’s bright or has a holographic finish.
How many different polishes do you own?
I’ve lost count at this point. Definitely enough for a lifetime of amazing nails, though!
Which celebrity’s nails would you jump at the chance to design?
I would love to design on the cast of Pretty Little Liars; they always have really fun nails. Or, someone like Beyoncé, or Katy Perry who usually get really adventurous with their nail art.
What’s your favorite nail trend?
Negative space nails.
Matte Negative Space Nails: “Inspired by a similar Jin Soon design that I’ve created multiple versions of. I love the very subtle negative space effect, plus Essie Shine of the Times looks amazing matte.”
When did you realize your blog was a success?
I still think I can improve my blogging skills, but I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some amazing brands so far, and being featured by Nail It! is definitely a huge step towards success for me.
What was your favorite impulse buy this year?
The Chanel Notes de Printemps Spring 2014 Collection. I can never resist Chanel.
Can you give us a nail art tip?
Before I start my intricate nail art, I like to apply a layer of top coat over my base. Then, if I make any mistakes, I can use a tiny brush dipped in acetone to fix the mistakes without disturbing the base.
Images: Kristin Gardner