Meet Yire Castillo, Star Educator for KUPA!
What was your first job in the industry?
I worked at One O One Beauty Supply and Salon (like the 101 freeway) in Thousand Oaks, California.
Who would you like to work with?
Hayley Williams from Paramore, Amy Lee from Evanescence or Muse.
What inspires you?
Color! When I don’t have a clue what should I do for a special photo shoot or competition, the moment I get the right colors it makes the little imagination machine in my brain start working again—and things just get easier from there.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
When I went from novice to veteran, winning first place in both categories in NAILPRO Competitions.
My favorite type of music is…
Alternative rock. I also listen to anything current because I like to keep up, but I always go back to my teenage roots.
My favorite movie is…
Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland
My most treasured possession is…
My YouTube channel. It’s growing really fast and it’s a way for me to reach people around the world. That’s one of my goals: to show people the artsy side of nails so they can learn to appreciate and love nails as much as I do!
Are you a morning or night person?
Definitely a night person. I think I have some owl genes!
Getting creative at a KUPA photo shoot
My favorite type of food is…
What was your most recent impulse buy?
A full line of brushes—and not just for nails!
Describe the best set of nails you’ve ever seen.
They had the most beautiful structure, perfect, deep smile lines, perfect c-curves and the moons looked so natural. I think it also had a lot to do with the beautiful hands that the model had.
My guilty pleasure is…
A really long afternoon nap. It helps me get my creative juices going so I can do my best nail work at night!
What is your favorite sport?
When I was in school, I did lots of ice skating, skating in general and dancing. I wish I had a favorite sport currently, but I don’t.
Placing at NAILPRO Competitions in 2014 (IBS Las Vegas)
What are you most afraid of?
Failing in life, but I also have a big fear of snakes.
I can’t discuss nails without…
Losing track of time.
With my fellow techs at Kamp KUPA in Las Vegas
[Photos: Courtesy of Yire Castillo]