Michina Koide – Nail Artist Interview
Website and places you can find my work online.
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I’m from Japan. I’ve been working in New York for almost 10 years now.
What made you choose nails over other areas of beauty?
I chose to work with nails because I enjoy painting, and I needed to express my artistic side. I went to school for a variety of beauty skills (such as make up, hair, and design) and this is what ended up working out for me and allowing me the most creativity.
How have you seen the Industry change?
I have definitely noticed that people are paying more attention to nail design than before. I think the popularity of Minx demonstrates this change, but Minx is also somewhat responsible for this change as well.
Minx has provided more options and alternatives for nail fashion and has caused nail artistry to become more popular.
What are your top tips for techs wanting to work on shoots and with celebrities?
Always be on time be prepared for every nail option possible! Sometimes you never really know what you will end up doing until you get to the shoot.
What are your favourite nails you’ve created & who did you do them for?
Some of my favorite nails were the Minx fishnet design french nail I did for Lady Gaga. It was Blue Fishnet over Clear, and I made a pointy French manicure.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on nails and nail art?
I think the Internet will give nail art more exposure.
People will have more access to see what is going on in the industry in other parts of the world, and nail technicians and amateurs alike are able to share ideas more easily, and become inspired just by visiting Web sites.
Can you tell us about some of the hot trends in 2011?
I think gel design and crystal…also khaki and moss green shades.
What’s your favourite Minx design?
It’s not actually a design. I love the Golden Lightning Minx. There is nothing else that can compare to the pure gold metallic finish of Minx. We’ve been waiting for decades to see this pure metallic color on nails, and finally Minx figure out how to create it!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Reading art books inspires me.
If you could do anyones nails who would it be?
I would really love to do Michelle Obama’s nails! That would be amazing.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in nails?
If I wasn’t a manicurist, I would probably be a stylist. Clothes are my next biggest passion!
What was the last thing you bought?
Thanks to Michina for answering our questions and sharing a little more about her artistic talents. To learn more about her, visit her website at www.michinakoide.com and be sure to check out some more of Michina’s fab work, she’s done the nails for ad campaigns of J Crew and Benetton.
Stay tuned for more interesting interviews with other fun & fearless members of the nail industry.