While veteran nail techs are invaluable resources because of their experience, there’s a new crop of talented young artists who are turning the nail industry upside down. So, we decided to scout some of the best 20-something nail pros for our first-ever 30 Under 30 awards. Get to know one of our winners, Andrea Ortega!
Salon: LUXE’D Nail Lounge (owner)
After hopping from retail, sales, banking and other miscellaneous jobs, Valentino Beauty Pure educator and nail artist Andrea Ortega enrolled in manicurist school in 2017. “David reached out to me at the start of my career because he saw something in me and helped guide me to the right path,” says Ortega. “VBP was the first brand I worked with, and I am so grateful—I will forever be loyal.” The self-taught artist is inspired by her Luxe’d team, whom she loves to guide and watch grow. “Seeing how much they improve in such a short timespan inspires me to grow with them,” she says.
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—by Angelina Lewis