Japanese nail artist Naomi Yasuda moved to New York City in 2007, bringing her detailed designs and inspired art to a new market with nails as her permanent canvas. She has quickly worked up the ladder of success; along with being featured in magazines and music videos, her resume includes working with Lady Gaga and Chanel. Check out her designs and where she looks to for inspiration in our interview!
1. What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
My friends and clients. I get to really know them and admire all that things they accomplish.
2. When did you first fall in love with nail art?
I’ve been doing nails about for 10 years professionally. I remember I used to paint my nails with a marker when I was 8 or 9 years old.
3. How did you get your start as nail artist?
I always liked painting my own nails. Then I started doing my friends’ and sisters’ nails. Soon after I realized I was really good at it.
4. What’s your favorite manicure that you’ve created?
I got to be creative when I worked with Barney’s for Lady Gaga’s workshop and loved the wild nails that I created.
5. You’ve had clients ranging from Lady Gaga to Chanel. How is it working with prestigious brands and celebrities? How did you start working with them?
It’s really great working with big clients. Because it really showcase my work. It’s just an honor for me to get to work with them.
6. Who is your dream client?
A lot of my dreams came true when I worked with creative people such as Madonna, Chanel, Alicia Keys, David LaChapelle and many others. It is so wonderful to combine my ideas and their personal style.
7. Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Everywhere. Fashion, Art, Music, people.
8. Nail art is going through many technological developments like shatter and magnetic polish. Do you have any new favorite techniques?
In America techniques seem old fashioned to me compared to Japan. I really like to use UV gel instead of damaging products such as acrylic and wraps. There is no reason why people can not have healthy and creative nails.
9. What part of nail art is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
It’s challenging to do a simple manicure because I usually prefer to do elaborate work. Sometimes classic is the way to go. Dislike – removing acrylic nails. lol
10. Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career path similar to yours?
Follow your dreams, anything is possible. You just have to do it! As with anything, practice makes perfect!
Check out Naomi’s website: naomiyasudanyc.com
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