This past week, OPI held an OPI As Art event with nail artist and Educator Vu Nguyen to show off the wide range of nail art effects that can be created using OPI’s new Hawaii collection of polishes and gels – which launches this spring. The line includes bright, tropical colors, but the designs you can create with them aren’t limited to florals or beachy prints. In fact, Vu actually created a woman’s shadowy face on the ring finger of our Assistant Editor Taylor Foley’s nails (scroll down for the photo!).
If you’re inspired by Vu’s creative genius, now’s your chance to ask him any question about nails, art, gels, or OPI this month by submitting a question to him for our “Ask Vu” column. Just send your question to nailpro (at) creativeage (dot) com with subject “Ask Vu.” You may even win a prize from OPI just for submitting!
The event was set up just like an art gallery. Paintings on walls showed large designs and stands in front showed the same idea on real tips.
This canvas shows the inspiration (still life leaves) and three nail art designs that were created from it.
The OPI Hawaii collection in GelColor. Fun fact: did you know the reason the lids of OPI’s GelColor are colored is partially because Vu himself suggested it?
Several designs using OPI Hawaii shades done by The Illustrated Nail.
Nail art inspired by Hawaii doesn’t have to be just flowers and waterfalls. Think volcanoes and magma!
Assistant Editor for Nailpro and Assistant Editor for Dayspa magazine showing off their manis.