My Experience With Nail Art At Studio L

Nail art.  Why the hell not.  Art comes in all forms, simple, extreme, colorful, dark, so why not expand it to the nail region?  This is very popular in Asian countries and starting to catch on over here.  The art lasts between 2-4 weeks without chipping at all.  I am a full time working makeup artist here in New York City, which means my nails need to at least be very clean and neat.  I prefer short nails on myself, so I was a little concerned short nails would not be the ideal length.  When I entered this intimate salon on the 16th floor of a Manhattan building, I was greeted warmly by the owner Manami, who seated me immediately with Maria.  

Maria is a nice young girl from Queens with an Ecuadorian decent.  She became in love with nail art when she was apprenticing with Manami back in 2006.  Maria, of Latin decent from NY speaks fluent Japanese.  What does this have to do with my service?  Well, first off I think that is rare and awesome that she was so in love with the art form, and  Japanese culture that she  travels to Japan every year (for about 8 years in a row) and is learning the culture.  Secondly, she is very good at what she does and is very passionate about art for nails.

Maria informed me that my nails were perfect, and proceeded to show me panels of examples I could choose from.  One panel had all the polish color's you could choose, another had things such as lace, glitter, 3d art, and even MAC pigments.  Being a pretty simple gal, I opted for a beige color with black lace added and a flower and stone on each ring finger.  Maria performed the service effortlessly as we were chatted.  My cuticles were pushed back, cut, and filed but not a full on manicure.   She educated me in the service, and it was a very pleasant experience.  There is no dry time (its pretty instant) and they finished off with cuticle oil,hand massage, and an awesome Japanese "bow" from Manami.  .  Prices range from $40-$65 and up, depending how elaborate you want.


I would like to re-iterate that this kind of art could be for everyone.  As simple or extreme as you are, everyone can find something they like, or bring in a photo, look in a magazine etc.  I would highly suggest giving it a try at least once! :)

Studio L
247 W 38, 1603
NYC 10018

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