Meet Lindsay Yoshitomi, the blogger and artist behind Lacquered Lawyer! Get to know her a little better in our Q&A here:
So are you actually a lawyer outside of your blog?
Outside of my blog and painting my nails, I spend my time looking for a job. I graduated law school, passed the bar, and am officially a licensed attorney (hence the blog title), but I haven’t found a job yet. No one will hire me without experience, but I can’t get experience if no one will hire me. It is a conundrum.
What got you into nail art?
I’ve always been a huge fan of makeup and a huge fan of art, so combining the two was a logical step. When I was little, I would always put water transfer decals on my nails, but I really got into “nail art” about 15 years ago when I was in high school. I remember reading a magazine article about making your own “decals” by applying magazine clipping to your nails. I started doing that, and using a toothpick to paint designs to match like checkerboards, watermelons, and florals, and the rest is history. Since I was the only one doing nail art back then, I remember people actually making me take off my shoes and socks at lunch so they could see what crazy designs I painted on my toes.
How long have you been writing on your blog?
I just started my blog in June 2014, so I’m a newbie to the nail art blogging community.
Tell us about either the first bottle of nail polish you remember having.
I got my first bottle of nail polish when I was just 2 years old. It was one of those polishes for kids that just peel off. It was a mess, but I was hooked. Little did my parents know, they were creating a monster.
What sort of things will readers find on your blog?
Readers will find a mix of nail art tutorials, ranging from beginner to more advanced levels of difficulty. I try to mix simple designs that maybe only utilize stud placement with fancier looks using stamping and freehand painting, so there is something for everyone.
What’s one of your favorite posts?
My Maleficent Nail Art is one of my favorite posts. It was my first attempt at some more advanced freehand painting. Prior to that, I’d only painted simple things like flowers, and only in one color since I mostly painted silhouettes. This was the first time I painted an image with multiple colors, and also the first time I used acrylic paint. There were a lot of “firsts” in creating that look.
What’s your favorite nail art you’ve done? What inspired you to try it?
My favorite nail art that I’ve done is probably the Harry Potter nails. I’m a huge fan of the books and the movies, so a Harry Potter themed nail had been on my design to-do list for a while. I recently bought a Time Turner necklace and thought it would be the perfect prop to hold for the picture, so Harry Potter got bumped up on the list. I love owls, so I knew I wanted to do a Hedwig nail. Since Hedwig was Harry’s owl, I kept the theme focused around Harry with the Gryffindor house colors, the bolt of lightning, the logo, and the Deathly Hallows.
How do you juggle nails and other aspects of your life? Do you have a routine?
While I’m job hunting, I do have a part-time job to supplement my income. I don’t work every day, so I plan my nail painting for my days off. I usually paint my nails at night so I can get stuff done during the day (like apply for jobs), and then I take pictures of my work the following morning in the natural light.
What’s one secret to a successful blog you can share?
Market yourself. No one is just going to stumble on your blog in a Google search…unless you were a master at SEO before you started, then maybe. But for the rest of the world, use social media to your advantage. Get on Instagram, Facebook, everything. But keep in mind that social media is a two-way street. You can’t just be on there. You also have to follow other companies and bloggers in the industry, so you can make connections and hear of opportunities to get your work featured on larger platforms.
What is your absolute favorite color of polish?
If you just looked at my nail polish collection, you would probably assume the answer was blue. I have a TON of blue polish, and yet I hardly wear it. Blue is my favorite color, so maybe that’s why I subconsciously buy so much of it. But my absolute favorite color of polish has to be black. I like to wear it the most, I wear a lot of black clothes, my personality is probably more on the darker side, and it is just so classic and chic. When I was little, my favorite color was black and people always thought that was weird. I guess it still kind of stuck with me.
How many different polishes do you own?
272. Still room for more ☺
Which celebrity’s nails would you jump at the chance to design?
Probably Lady Gaga. I’m sure she is a popular choice, but the sky is the limit when it comes to creative freedom with her.
What would you put on her nails?
I’d probably do something really crazy like spray paint a bunch of miniature plastic toy horses gold, then do a whole 3-D scene of stallions running on her long nails.
What’s your favorite nail trend?
Right now my favorite nail trend is probably the 3-D elements like charms and cabochons. I’d wear them all the time, but they don’t have a symbiotic relationship with my long hair. I like to run my hands through my hair; they like to get stuck in it.
What’s your favorite base and top coat to use?
My favorite base coat is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardener. I like that it is a hardener, so it can strengthen my nails from all the painting and polish removal they go through. As for top coat, I’m a Seche Vite convert. In the beginning, I used Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat, but Seche Vite has stolen my heart.
What else would you be doing if you didn’t have the blog?
I like to draw and paint, but regular art has taken a backseat to nail art lately since I’ve been posting daily. I like to draw Marvel comic characters, and I have a few books and a graphic novel to illustrate for people. Maybe I’ll have to take some time off of nail art to work on something.
Have any nail art tips?
Wear elastic pants before starting anything elaborate. No one wants to deal with buttons or zippers halfway through a masterpiece.
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Images: Lindsay Yoshitomi