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Spotlight on... NAILPRO Competition Winner: Billyne Dowdy
Who inspires your work?
Trang Nguyen: I've been a member of the ONS competition team since 2009 and what I love about Trang is that he is very honest when it comes to critiquing my work, and I really admire the knowledge that he has about nails. He pushes me to become a better nail artist.
Tom Holcomb: I have never seen someone create a beautiful nail so effortlessly, and the same every time! He had such a big heart and a giving spirit. I am so blessed that I had a chance to know him. Because of him, I feel like I have to do my absolute best whenever I compete.
Britta (Hill) Rowson: There is just something about Detroit Nail Artists. They add an extra "uumph" to nail art that no one can duplicate. Back in the '90s, she used to compete a lot and her work graced the covers NAILPRO and Nails all the time. I trained with her and she taught me ways to use and combine colors that I still use today. She has no idea how much she inspires me. I'm going to tell her :)
Are there any tools you can't live without?
I have a brush that Tom Holcomb gave me. I bring it with me when I compete for good luck.
Do you have a favorite technique or style?
I really don't have one favorite. I'm all over the place. I like to learn new things, so I'm currently taking a painting and illustration class. I've been playing around and plan to apply what I have learned on nails.
What tip can you offer other nail competitors?
Practice, practice and practice until you can't practice anymore. The great thing with competitions is that anybody can win. You just have to be ready.