Beauty File: Terrance Terry, Celebrity Nail Artist and Owner of Luxe Nail Bar

We talked with celebrity nail artist Terrance Terry, owner of Luxe Nail Bar in Sandy Springs, Ga. to find out his favorite films, first job and why education is so inspiring to him.

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My first job was…

A bagger at a grocery store.

My first job in the industry was…

I got a call to go to the legendary soul songstress Aretha Franklin’s condo to do a fill. She was very funny in person, and I wasn’t nervous at all!

I am inspired by…

Fashion and architecture. Plus, I believe that education and proper knowledge of products and techniques keeps you fresh and inspired to do great things.

My favorite movie is…

“The Devil Wears Prada”

My proudest accomplishment is… 

Becoming a brick-and-mortar salon owner. It’s rewarding to have a tangible thing that I can see and touch, and to know that I was able to create something through vision, hard work and determination.

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Are you a morning or night person?

Definitely a night person. I feel the most energized and vibrant in the evening.

Who would you like to work with?

Renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath. Her work is so innovative!

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My most treasured possession is…

A vintage nail lacquer set by Christian Dior in a red velvet case given to me by my grandmother before she passed away. I was 15 at the time, and it was right at the start of my interest in nails.

My favorite food is…

Asian cuisine. I love a delicious bowl of fresh steamed rice and sautéed veggies.

My guilty pleasure is…

Curling up in bed with a big bowl of ice cream and watching classic movies from the ‘90s, like “Pretty Woman” and “Thelma & Louise”!

[Images: Courtesy of Terrance Terry]

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