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Meet Lexi Martone, celebrity nail artist!

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What was your first job in the industry?
After finishing school, I started with clients in my home studio. About a year later, I did Katie Holmes’s nails for the Met Gala in New York City. It was so nerve wracking to have a celebrity as my first ever client outside of my studio.

What inspires you?
Fashion and sculpture. I watch the runway shows to find upcoming trends and I’m always on the lookout for a unique sculptural shape.

What was your childhood ambition?
In high school, I was set on being a fashion designer. I was always an artist, so I knew I wanted to do something with my talent.

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What is your proudest accomplishment?
My sister, Bria, and I recently opened Salon Martone in Northport, New York. She’s a hair and makeup artist, so it made perfect sense to do something together.

My favorite sport is…
Baseball. I’m a Mets fan for life.

My first celebrity client!

My first celebrity client!

My favorite movies are…
Hocus Pocus and Harry Potter.

A favorite flick as nail art.

A favorite flick as nail art.

Are you a morning or night person?
100% night owl. I’m usually working on something until 3 a.m.

My favorite food is…
Popcorn. I can eat it all day.

 My new bag.

My new bag.

My most recent impulse buy was…
An embellished skull bag from fashion designer Manish Arora.

What are you most afraid of?
I have an irrational fear of bridges. I can’t look at them or drive over them and, please, don’t bring them up in conversation.

I can’t discuss nails without…
Pulling up Instagram.

Images: Lexi Martone

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