The talented Kimmie Kyees counts the Kardashians, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria and Chrissy Teigen among her notable clients. But before she tended to the nails of the Hollywood elite, Kyees put in nine years working at the Charles Penzones Grand Salon in Columbus, Ohio. After relocating to California and working for a number of years at several prominent salons and spas, she established her career as a sought-after freelance nail artist, racking up a slew of credits in television, editorial, music videos, commercials and red carpet events. Here, she shares the inspiration that keeps her artistry in high demand.

1. Instagram: “I’m always looking for the next fun thing in nails. I love looking at other manicurists’ work online; people are so creative and talented!”

2. Tammy Taylor Gelegance: “My favorite Tammy Taylor color is Cashmere Beige. I’ve used it on Rihanna, Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne
and Mary J. Blige. I even had Tammy send Mary her own bottle to take on tour with her so she could have it everywhere she got her nails done.”

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3. Working on Set: “I get inspired in the moment working on set or with a client, matching what she’s wearing or what the theme of the shoot is. I often don’t know much about the theme until I’m there so it’s fun to create in those moments.”

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4. Home Design: “There is really inspiration in everything around us; lines and designs are in everything I see! I’m inspired by comforters, drapes, marble countertops and even the tile in bathrooms!”

5. The Sky: “From the colors to the fading shades, there are so many brilliant designs in the sky.”

–by Lotus Abrams

 

[Images: top and middle courtesy of Kimmie Kyees; bottom – Getty Images]

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