A Day in the Life of Kimmie Kyees: 2010 MTV Movie Awards

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Celebrity nail technician Kimmie Kyees at the awards.
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Celebrity nail artist Kimmie Kyees travels to the 2010 MTV Move Awards and takes us along for the ride!

June 5, 2010: Evening I returned from Mexico this evening to find out that Katy Perry needs to change her “glam time” (i.e. getting prepped for the show) for the MTV movie awards tomorrow to the morning. I'm a bit concerned because I'm already booked most of the morning. And it's just as I thought: she wants to start at 11:30 a.m. and—yikes!—I'm already booked! Plus, my niece Breanna has just arrived in Los Angeles to stay for the summer and Katy has offered me two extra tickets to the awards so that I can take her! How amazing is that! Finally, we work it out so that I arrive at the Gibson Amphitheatre (where the show is being held) to get started with Katy by 3:00 p.m.

June 6, 2010: 6:00 a.m. The Kardashian girls—Kris, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney—are shooting promo shots for the next season of Keeping up with the Kardashians and I get to work with them! It's rare that there is ever more than one manicurist on a job, but today celebrity nail artist Ashley Johnson is on the set. This is the first time I've met her, and I love meeting other manicurists who I read about. After Ashley finishes Khloe's nails and assists the hairdresser for a bit, we do Kourtney's nails together. Ashley works on her feet while I'm perfecting her hands. Kourtney wears Nude from China Glaze; Kris chooses Essie's Fiji polish; and Kim likes Wicked, also by Essie!

9:00 a.m. I finish with the Kardashians and head home for a quick nap. I have an 11:30 a.m. appointment with Eva Longoria Parker at her hairdresser's salon. My niece is coming with me because we are going straight to the MTV Movie Awards after I finish with Eva, all because Katy Perry is amazing and gave us these tickets to the show! Thanks, Katy!

11:30 a.m. We arrive at the salon. I'm worried because I'm supposed to be working on Eva and doing polish changes on three of her girlfriends—we're going to be tight on time! But it turns out Eva's friends bailed and it's just her. I'm so relieved because now I can get to Katy on time, no problem! I did Eva's manicure while she was getting a shampoo, and I finish with her pedicure while she gets her hair blown out. Eva's working on a new movie, so she just wants her fingernails buffed with her favorite polish, Sugar Daddy by Essie, on her toes.

A Day in the Life of Kimmie Kyees: 2010 MTV Movie Awards (page 2)

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1:00 p.m. We leave the salon and head to the Gibson. We arrive on time and I'm so grateful that my niece is here because parking is far away and we have to haul all my equipment into the theater. I wasn't sure what Katy wants for her nails, so I brought it all: gel, Minx, rhinestones, a pedicure bowl, lots of polish choices—I have a ton of stuff! Once we are inside the building, I introduce my niece to Katy's “Glam Squad” and her assistant, Tamra. We wait in Johnny's (the stylist) room. When he shows up, big hugs and kisses go around—he's one of my favorite people! He shows me all the outfits that Katy plans to wear so that we can start thinking creatively about the colors we want on her nails. Once we are in the dressing room, she decides that she wants two sets of nails: bright yellow and bright pink! I start comparing some of my polishes to her performance outfit and a pair of yellow jeans. She's resting her voice, so our conversation involves a lot of nodding and pointing; she likes my choices as evidenced by her enthusiastic head nods.

Once our choices are made, my niece fills up the pedicure bowl with warm water and I carry it back for her because it's heavy. While we're walking back, my niece says that Katy's really nice, even though she can't talk! And it's true, Katy is one of the nicest people I have been blessed to work with. She's so fun to be around even when she's not speaking much.

Lately, Katy has been wearing longer nail tips in an almond shape, so while she's busy in make-up, I sit in the back with my folding table and decorate her tips for the red carpet. I use ibd natural nail tips and apply China Glaze's White Out polish as a base coat for both the pink nails and the yellow nails that end up being a polka-dot bikini theme. All bright or neon colors look so much better on top of a white base coat.

Once I finish the yellow nails, I wait for them to dry. Just before she puts on her dress, we apply the first set of nails to her fingers. They are a bit too long, so we have to cut and re-shape them while she wiggles into her red carpet dress! I love that Katy chooses a pair of amazing gray shoes and everyone is excited because the shoes have a bright yellow accent on the back that matches her nails! Katy's “Glam Squad” keeps saying how much they love the shoes because they match the nails!

Later in the day… The day is going so fast and I'm losing track of time! The show is about to start, so I walk my niece to her seat. I have to go back and finish Katy's second set of nails for her performance. While I apply her neon pink nails varnished with Essie polish, Katy works with her vocal coach. These sessions are always fun to be in the room for. Toward the end, Johnny and I start warming up our own voices to cheer Katy on while she's on stage. Finally, she's dressed and we are given a five-minute warning. Her ensemble is unbelievable; Johnny turns on her outfit and all the crystals are really multi-colored lights, and I'm in awe! I quickly tell Katy, “Good luck!” and run to join my niece in the audience. The show is so fun and my niece and I laugh the whole way through it.

7:30 p.m. As usual, trying to get all my stuff back to the car is tough. Finally, we ask a production assistant for the show to take my luggage up the hill and then load everything in the car.

9:30 p.m. My niece and I are enjoying some time at an after party for the show when my phone rings and it's Kelis on the line. We're off to work again—what a day!

June 7, 2010: 1:00 a.m. We're finally home! It's been an amazing day, but we can't wait to get to sleep!