OPI Pro Spotlight: @nailzzwithannie
Annie, our August Pro Spotlight pick, calls the nail industry home. As part of a Vietnamese immigrant family, she’s been going to nail salons since she was a child–initially to spend more time with her mom, a hardworking nail tech.
Today, Annie is an Atlanta-based nail artist who excels at various styles, which you can see on her Instagram @nailzzwithannie. Ahead, read about her journey, advice for photographing manis, and OPI staple shades.
OPI: What led you on your journey to become a nail artist?
OPI: You have so many gorgeous nail art styles that you excel at! Which style is your favorite to do for your clients?
Annie: I like all sorts of styles including marble, ombre, jewels, swirls, mix/match, and edgy styles. If I had to choose one, I would say minimal nail style. It is elegant and simple without the need to try hard to obtain a sophisticated look. Nude nail polish looks fresh and works for every casual or formal occasion.
OPI: We see that you focus on full-coverage tips manicures. What is your favorite thing about using full-coverage tips?
OPI: Which OPI shades are a staple at your salon, and which are your personal favorite to use?
Annie: I am currently working at Sugarcoat in Midtown Atlanta. We have a huge display wall of OPI polish for our customers to choose from the classic to the newest collection. I personally prefer the nude shade collections, which I always have in my personal cart, so it turns into a canvas for me to do the artwork. Some of the colors include Bubble Bath, Put It In Neutral, Samoan Sand, Do You Take Lei Away, Tiramisu For Two, Mod About You, Funny Bunny, Love is in the Bare, and Baby, Take a Vow.
OPI: We love the quote cards you use on your IG! What inspired you to post those, amongst nail art, on your feed?
OPI: What is the nail industry like in Atlanta? Does being such a big city make your work easier or harder, and in what ways?
Annie: The nail industry in Atlanta is massive. There’s pretty much a nail salon on every corner Atlanta is such a busy city. There is always an event every weekend for everyone to enjoy. Atlanta is home to me and being in a big city does make my job easier. Thanks to social media, I can share my work to the world. I love my local clients and travelers as well.
OPI: What do you see for yourself moving forward in the nail world?
OPI: Which nail art trend do you like doing the most?
Annie: During the summer season, I enjoy creating vibrant and pastel looks. Anything abstract with fun artsy looks with some creativity is what I enjoy doing most.
OPI: Your French nail art, and swirl nail looks are absolutely stunning! Do you have any advice for other pros on advancing their linework techniques?
Be sure to follow Annie AKA @nailzzwithannie on Instagram.
My general advice is: Look at how the experts do it (YouTube, Instagram), play around with a few brushes to see which one fits you best practice & practice to make your own way, and have good lighting - if the salon light is not good enough, get a table light, and take pictures - so you can reflect and adjust to be better.