Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Nailed It! with Korean Nail Artist: SENSEHONG


Who? Celebrity Nail Artist, Mi-Ae Hong
What? Sample of Jean Jullien x Mickey Mouse x Miu Miu Nails
Where? Soonsoo Beauty Salon in Gangnam (강남구 신사동 630-24 순수)
Instagram? @sense_hong_

In the back streets of Apgujeong, just steps from the glamorous Hermès building, is the highly acclaimed Soonsoo hair and beauty salon. Inside, you'll also find a nail bar, at which Mi-Ae Hong has worked her magic for the last 7 years. A maverick in her field, she has done nails for countless photoshoots, music videos and celebrity clients; including the likes of Girls Generation, Ailee, F(X), Girl's Day, Sulli and many more.

At the ripe age of 20, Hong began attending a beauty academy to learn the trade. While simultaneously starting her nail artist career, she also completed a university degree in design. Although both are creative in nature, she ultimately decided to stick with her first love, nail design.

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When it comes to trends in the industry, Korean nail artists are definitely leading the way. Popular designs typically include additional pearl or metal elements, or impeccably hand-drawn art, a technique which Hong has perfected. Mi-Ae gushes that she is a fan of many Western nail artists, like MP Nails (@mpnails), who tend to practice more simple and symmetrical styles. She is inspired by what surrounds her in daily life, like street-style or prints and patterns she encounters. For a new design, it typically takes 2-3 hours to complete, or even longer for more intricate work.


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