Team Swap In The City UK couldn’t wait to catch up with Liane Anderson AKA LDoes Nails. As we love having our nails done! Well who doesn’t? Liane’s appreciation of all nail adornments began in 1990’s – before nail art was being featured in mainstream publications. Her talent has lead her to work for photo shoots, press events, product and PR launches and parties and states “My methods and tools may have changed, but my love of all things nails has remained constant”.
How long have you been doing nails for and how did you get started?
I’ve been interested in nail care for over 15 years and practiced nail treatments on myself and friends. When I went to university I decided to concentrate on my criminal justice studies; leaving the nail care behind. After deciding to grow my acrylic nail enhancements out three years ago, I came across nail polish blogs and decided to start my own blog -‘Ash-Lilly’s Lacquer Lust’. I fell in love with nail polish and nail art all over again and decided to finally get a qualification in nail technology so that I could become a manicurist.
What inspires you when creating nail art designs?
Generally, my inspiration can come from anywhere – a pattern on a perfume bottle, wall paper or a piece of fabric. I’m also obsessed with creating thin lines, lots of detailing and dots.
Describe a typical working day for you
I don’t work in a salon – I actually provide nail services on a freelance basis on days and evenings when I’m not working in a criminal justice role. Depending on what my nail diary looks like for the week, I could be visiting a client to do a Gelish manicure in the evening or preparing a nail art menu for a pending press event. During events where I work on a nail bar, I’ll be contracted to provide complementary manicures with nail art in a within a 15-20 minute time slot. If I’m working on a photo shoot, I will create nail art to go with a pre-determined theme and either prepare false nails to fit onto the models or paint the designs onto their nails. Fashion week manicuring involves me and other manicurists being shown which manicures will be created for shows, and us doing them at warp speed on the models – great fun!
What are your favourite polishes for summer 2013?
I like all polishes – I’m not a lacquer snob. If the consistency is good and I have a good base and top coat such as Seche Vite, I can work with anything. Presently Essie has an amazing range of pastel colours and I love working with this brand. Right now, everyone wants either neon or colours that mimic the sunlight – bright orange is a big hit.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to become a nail professional?
I would advise anyone considering becoming a manicurist to complete a nail care qualification. If you want to give a safe and professional service, it is important to first understand the fundamentals. After that, ensure you have insurance before you attempt to work on a paying client. Lastly – practice makes perfect!
If you weren’t a nail professional what would you be?
I would either be a novelist (as I enjoy writing when I have the time to) or a Goldsmith.
Who are some of the people in the nail industry who inspire you?
I am a big fan of Marian Newman, who has had an extensive career in the nail industry. She continues to create the most amazing works of art. Assisting her on a job would be a great honour
What 3 nail tips can you recommend that you’d only share with your clients (and everyone reading this blog)?
Don’t cut your cuticles because it can lead to infection. Moisturise your hands and nails with a good lotion and cuticle oil. To stimulate the growth of your nails, massage your cuticles with oil regularly during the day and tap your nails lightly in the palm of your hand. It works!
Finish the sentence… Beauty is…
To be found everywhere <3
Liane Anderson – L does nails www.ldoesnails.com
Liane will be available for nail art at Swap In The City UK on 25th August – Don’t miss out best get there early!