Artists, Carousel, Rising Stars, Uncategorized, Unconventional — October 12, 2011 at 8:35 am


Colleen Campbell

Colleen Campbell


From the moment we are born, we are told to express ourselves. Freedom of expression is shown through the clothes we wear, the way we style our hair, and how we paint our canvas. Since art is an extensive part of who we are as individuals, January Skyy had the pleasure of interviewing celebrity nail artist, Colleen Campbell. Capturing the abysmal parts of our imagination and bringing them to life, is just the beginning. Now here’s the edifying interview on what inspires her and how she attained her signature look. We present to you, Ms. Colleen Campbell. 


Tope: How did your career begin as a nail artist?

Colleen: Art was my favorite subject growing up and I’ve always liked nails, but refused to take it seriously until last year when I had my first client. If it weren’t for my top three supporters, my mom, dad, and sister I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. They gave me the encouragement to start having actual clients, and my mom even gave me a room in her apartment as my mini salon. I call it my sanctuary.

Tope: How did ‘nails’ become your canvas?

Colleen: I don’t know, to be honest hands and feet are beautiful to me. Adding pretty colors to spice it up brings them out even more. People who are insecure about their hands and feet come to me to do their nails and they leave with a gained sense of security within themselves. And what better way to advertise my work than when my clients are shaking hands with strangers or simply holding the door for someone.

Tope: Who or what motivates you?

Colleen: Picasso. He has amazing abstract work, and his prints are like no other. So with that, I use it as motivation for me to be as original as possible with my nail artwork.

Tope: What color or nail designs are you starting to see, either from celebs or on the street that will be big in the next 6-12 months?

Colleen: Nothing really right now beside the stiletto and almond shaped nails. There are a few trends that have surfaced, but they’re just fads. For example, crackel is just a fad, however abstract/tribal prints are without doubt staying.

Tope: Some would say that there are certain colors/shades for different seasons do you agree?

Colleen: Definitely agree. Shades depict your mood, so there are certain shades that speak louder than others, and with those shades they’re usually showcased during the summer, as oppose to the more sublte shades which come out in the fall.

Tope: What are some easy ways to transition into fall weather, nail shades?

Colleen: If you’re a sociable person, bright summer colors will clash with your outfits especially since we tend to wear softer colors in the fall. The same way you spice it up a notch in the warmer weather, just tone it down a notch during the fall.

Tope: What is your favorite type of manicure to do?

Colleen: Okay, I really enjoy doing nails, but to be completely honest, manicures don’t give me a challenge because manicures are so fast and easy to complete. With manicures, I cant express my imagery the way I want to.

Tope: A lot of people complain about chipping nails and chipping nail polish. What is your best tip for keeping nail polish chip free?

Colleen: My advice would be to get a manicure once a week and pedicure once every two weeks. Make sure to keep your cuticles and feet moisturized, and keep nails as short as possible.

Tope: How would you describe your signature look, and what is it about your style that sets you apart from other nail artists?

Colleen: I’m not the average nail technician, because I am a nail artist. I consider myself an artist because bringing art to nails is what I do, and it couldn’t be more fun. I try to be as original as possible with my signature looks being the marble, abstract, and tribal prints which for the record are freehand designs, I’ve never used stencils.

Tope: What is the best way to train one’s nails?

Colleen: Get them done regularly, and keep them as short as possible.

Tope: Which celebrity, whether from the past or present do you wish to work your magic on?

Colleen: I’ve had the pleasure of doing Emily B. and Tionna Smalls nails, but I would have to choose Nicki Minaj. Nicki Minaj just fits my art work perfectly, and I’ll be able to go from calm to crazy to coincide with her personality.!/PicasoNaiLs

- January Skyy

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