Nail Artist Q&A: “Nailed Down!” with Marianna Tikhonenko!
Welcome to NAILPRO’s Nailed Down! where we “nail down” nail artists and technicians from our User Galleries and get to know them and their amazing work!
This week we visit Tver, Russia.
Meet Marianna Tihonenko:
Where do you work?
I work in a studio called “Fantasy.”
How would you describe yourself?
I am a very creative and purposeful person. I always try to get better and develop in all aspects of life. I don’t focus only on nails. I paint pictures and dishes, write poetry, love photography and do hair and makeup for all of my girlfriends’ special events. I even sew clothes. I put my soul into my work, so each of my designs are a piece of my soul.
How did you get started in the nail industry?
Since high school I liked to study nails. I’d paint them and invent different designs. But working hard in high school and college took away my childhood desire. Then just three months after graduation, I came across a newspaper ad looking for nail artists. I decided to take a chance and went to the interview (it was New Year’s Eve). After our conversation, the salon owner invited me to work at the salon for nail art/modeling. So I started in the nail world.
What/Who inspires your work?
I am inspired by the greatest masters of the nail industry. I admire their work and try to look up to them. Currently I’m just a beginner, but I plan to go ahead and reach the top in the beauty world.
Are there any tool(s) you can’t live without?
For me the most essential tool in my work is a milling machine for manicures. It combines the sawing, sanding and polishing as well as removes rough skin and cuticles. Very versatile and useful.
What is your favorite technique/style?
I prefer to work in gel technology on tips. Manufacturers have a large number of forms and types of tips, which reduces the time and effort spent on the job. Which, in turn, gives you more time for each client to create an individual design.
What tip can you offer other nail technicians?
If you feel like you’ve mastered nails, never rest on your laurels. Other technicians are always learning and growing, so to stay competitive, continue to develop, create and move forward. Improve your work and get better if only for yourself.
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