Beauty File: Vu Nguyen



Get to know Vu Nguyen, dean of education for Gelish/Nail Allience.

What was your first job in the industry?
No one would hire me, so I did nails for free at a salon in Oceanside, California.

Who would you like to work with?
I would have loved to work with Leonardo da Vinci. He was so much more than an artist.

IMG_2034Nguyen’s dad and mom

My childhood ambition was…
To be an artist like my very talented mother.

My proudest accomplishment is…
Placing second in my very first NAILPRO Competition. I was so nervous, but I had support from my coworkers and family.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I was giving a presentation on how to be a professional educator and was waving a buffer around. The buffer slipped, flew and hit a student right in the face.

My favorite sport is…
Wrestling (and not the WWE type). I was a high school wrestler. I feel that it’s one of the hardest sports to do and it doesn’t get any recognition.

My favorite movie is…
“Forrest Gump.” It’s a very touching movie in so many ways—I love it!


Describe your perfect day.
I would wake up in the morning with a warm breakfast and a cold beer, spend the day with my three brothers, and then go to my mom and dad’s for dinner. I wouldn’t answer any calls, texts or emails throughout the day.

My most recent impulse buy was…
A flamingo neon light from eBay. I don’t have any neon lights; I don’t even care for flamingos.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I enjoy tattooing myself. I don’t feel any pain when I’m tattooing myself; I go into a Zen mode and only see the needles going into my skin.

I can’t discuss nails without…

Thinking of ways we can improve the process and/or products.

To learn some gel paint tips and tricks from Nguyen, read more here.


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