Meet the uber-talented, freehand nail artist Jennifer Seaborn, the SC-based creative talent of @jennsnails!
Bloggers You Should Know: Jennifer Seaborn of @jennsnails
Jennifer Seaborn is not your average nail artist. One look at her Instagram account will take you down a spiraling rabbit hole of freehand nail art featuring bold colors, geometric designs, cute icons and florals. We chatted with the nail artist on her first set of nails, polish collection (get ready to be jelly!), best nail tools and much more. Keep reading to learn more about the talented Jennifer from @jennsnails!
Nail It!: What got you into nail art?
Jennifer: I got into nail art on a whim! I came across a tutorial on how to paint leopard print nails and decided to give it a try. I never thought I would be able to do something like that, but it surprisingly turned out pretty well and I started from there!
What was the first set of nails you did?
The first set of nails I did were a recreation of the leopard print nails. That’s where the obsession began!
What is your absolute favorite polish color?
I know this may be boring, but the color I use on almost every design is OPI “Alpine Snow” or “I Cannoli Wear OPI.” Most of my designs include a large variety of colors so starting with a white base is key. Although, my favorite collection of colors is definitely China Glaze’s Sensational Summer 2013 collection. I use those colors all the time.
How many different polishes do you own?
I own way too many polishes. I have a large collection that is somewhere around 400 colors.
Which celebrity’s nails would you LOVE to design? What would you create?
I would love to do Adele’s nails. Her nail game is always on point! She usually rocks stiletto nails and I would go with something simple for a design, like triangles or a half-moon. I have never seen her wear anything too crazy on her nails.
What’s your favorite nail art you’ve done? What was the inspiration behind it?
This is hard for me because I am often very critical of my own work, but I always come back to this design from a couple of years ago. I remember not having a plan with these and figured out the design as I went. I work really hard to get straight lines and I think these are some of my best.
What’s your favorite nail trend?
I am very into chrome nails right now. I can’t wait to get my hands on some chrome powder and try it out!
What’s your favorite nail tool to use?
The main question I get asked is how I get straight lines and my tip tips are: patience and Orly Instant Artist Brushes. I swear by these. I also love my “Ring Thing” nail art palette. I can’t work without it.
Besides polish, what is your favorite beauty product?
Nail polish is honestly my main “beauty” thing. I wish I had talents with hair or makeup, but I unfortunately do not!
If you weren’t doing nails, what would you be doing?
I like to think that I would still be doing something artistic because it brings me so much joy, but I also love kids. I was a nanny before working as a nail artist so I would probably still be doing that!
Are you close with other bloggers in the community?
I have been blown away by the support I have received from other nail artists in the community. I have so much respect for many of the girls (and guys) out there. One of my biggest inspirations starting out was Ami Vega (@Amivnails). Her work is incredible and she has been so kind to me in the past. It is so touching to receive comments on my work from those whom I admire so much.
Describe your perfect day.
I love what I do. I have great clients who let me create designs that I am proud of. It is amazing what a set of nails can add to your life and it is rewarding to be able to do something for others that brings them a little bit of joy.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever heard?
One of the most important things to remember in this community is the importance of giving credit for designs. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone recreate a design of mine. On the other hand, I have also had people steal a design and claim it as their own. I get inspiration all the time from other amazing nail artists in this community and it has resulted in some of my favorite sets! It doesn’t take anything away from your talents to get inspiration from others; just remember to give credit!
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since starting out?
I started nail art about four years ago and it has taught me so much. I never believed I had any artistic ability before I started this journey and through it, I found one of my biggest passions in life. There have been many times when I have been unhappy with work that I have done, but in those moments I have found it is important to take a second and come at it from a different angle. Some of my most favorite designs have come when I have felt frustrated and as if nothing I was doing was working. You have to keep trying different things and not be so self critical.
What advice would you give beginners?
Practice is the best thing you can do at the beginning! Just keep working and do not be afraid to fail. I have a vivid memory of attempting galaxy nails early on. I remember being so proud of them. Looking back, they are honestly the ugliest galaxy nails I have ever seen. I like to look back at them as a reminder of how much practice and time can help. It is so important to have fun with it as well. Do designs that make you happy and bring you joy, and everything else will fall into place! Also, clean up your cuticles. An angled brush and some acetone will do wonders!