Pro Spotlight: Elise Noel Brings Nutcracker Nail Art Alive
To create the dreamlike look of OPI’s Nutcracker nail art collection in anticipation of Disney’s upcoming feature The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, we scoured Instagram to find nail artists who created pure fantasy on nails. Our search led us to Elise Noel, who posts under the handle @wildandfreenails. She crafted the intricate nail art styles for our #OPIandNutcracker collection, and we were lucky enough to get her story below.
Tell us who you are.
My name is Elise and I am a nail artist based in Orange County. I love coffee, adventures, and all things nails!
How did you get into nails?
Growing up, my three sisters and I painted our nails every now and then, but it was never something we were passionate about. It wasn’t until my youngest sister showed me some nail art tutorials on YouTube that I really started getting into nails. After watching tutorial after tutorial, I decided to give it a go. To this day, nail art is one of my favorite ways to express myself.
When did you start getting into nail art?
I got started with nail art back in 2012 with my first successful design being a cute little ladybug mani! Before I was able accomplish that design, I failed at many others. It wasn’t until I took my time with the design and invested in quality products (like OPI polishes) that I was able to create something I was proud of. From there, I began to attempt more intricate designs while learning new nail art techniques along the way.
Where do you usually get your nail art inspiration from?
Inspiration for new nail art comes to me from a variety of places such as product packaging, nature, album artwork, and clothing. I often snap a photo of patterns or unique color combinations that I find while I’m out and about to help me come up with fresh looks. I also love to recreate designs that I see on social media because there are so many talented artists out there!
Where do you want your nail career to take you?
I hope to continue to improve my skills as an artist and to create more connections with people in the nail art world. I would also love to travel to other countries to gather nail art inspiration while having unforgettable experiences. My number one aspiration as a nail artist has already happened which was to be given the chance work with my all time favorite brand, OPI!
Tell us about your journey with OPI.
The first OPI shade I ever purchased was Suzi Loves Cowboys and I immediately fell in love with the quality of the product and the range of colors in each collection. After experimenting with nail art for a few years, I decided to start an Instagram account dedicated to nail art. From there, I kept using OPI polishes in each design and was sure to tag them in my photos. Then one day, I received a direct message from OPI and all my dreams as a nail artist came true! Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to work on shoots with OPI and come up with looks for this year’s holiday line!
Why do you love using OPI/ working with OPI?
OPI has been my favorite brand since day one and I am constantly impressed by the creativity expressed in each new collection. Every detail is so well thought out and intentional with OPI; it is unreal to have been given the opportunity to work on such fun projects with such a great team! Nail art is so much fun but it is even more exciting with the amazing products created by OPI.
What do you love about your job?
Besides the fact that it’s my dream job, I also love getting a sneak peek at what’s to come in the future of OPI, but what I enjoy most is working alongside some of the most talented and amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have learned so much and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
What surprised you about working with OPI on their #OPIandNutcracker collection?
When I was asked to come work with OPI to create looks for Holiday, I was thrilled! It was also so exciting to learn that the collection is a collaboration with Disney. I loved that each look was created based on a different aspect of the movie. What came as a surprise to me was how natural it felt to work in a new environment with such talented artists as well as how far in advance OPI works to ensure every detail of the collection is ready for the release date.
What are some of your favorite colors in the collection?
The dark green in the collection is the shade I am the most excited for; it is the perfect green for the holidays! I am also obsessed with the holographic silver and I can’t wait to use it in my future designs. There are also some stunning OPI reds that I always look forward to in the winter time!
Can you describe the Holiday nail art you created for OPI?
The nail art that I created for OPI’s holiday line is based on two of the four realms in the movie: the Land of the Flowers and the Fourth Realm. The shades that were designated for the Fourth Realm were all fairly dark which inspired to add negative space to the design in order to create contrast and make the colors stand out more.
For the Land of the Flowers, I decided to go with a dry brush technique with a white background because it reminded me of how flower petals sometimes fade from white to a light shade (in this case it was a gorgeous purple) with a darker version of the color on the tips. I also added a few green dots to tie the nature-inspired look together.
We were so thrilled to catch up with Elise and learn her story and also all about the inspiration she pulled from the film to create such dazzling nail art. Don’t miss Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in theaters everywhere November 2nd, and then treat yourself to Elise’s nail art in our #OPIandNutcracker collection, available in stores now!