OPI Pro Spotlight: @tendrehands
For Jess Smith, aka @tendrehands on Instagram, becoming a nail artist was a slow and steady progression–and it all started with dropping out of art school!
Now, five years later, Tendre has her own business and thousands of Instagram followers. We caught up with this pro about her story, inspiration hopes for the nail industry, and more.
OPI: Your nail art is stunning and incorporates so much detail! How do you get so much on such a small canvas?
OPI: Where do you draw your inspiration for some of the exciting and trendsetting nail art you feature on your social accounts?
Jess: I love to draw inspiration from fashion, graphic design, paintings, tattoos, sculpture, furniture, and other art mediums! Instagram is a really useful tool in helping me find the coolest inspirational photos. My saved folder is all over the place but it gives my clients a lot of options to choose from when they’re not feeling inspired! I prefer to not look at other nail sets for all of my inspiration as I am trying to transition to completely original work, but there are some very cute sets out there that my clients and I just can’t resist!
OPI: We love your airbrushing technique! What's your favorite thing about this style of nail art application?
OPI: Are there any other tools that you love to use? Why?
Jess: I love to use blooming gel in a lot of my sets! It’s a great tool for creating fun color blends as backgrounds for line work, or even creating a whole dynamic design of its own! It’s a little unpredictable but that’s what I enjoy about it.
OPI: What summer trends and colors are you looking forward to trying on your clients this season?
OPI: How did you first get into the nail tech profession? Did you always want to be a professional nail artist?
Jess: I never saw myself being in the beauty industry. I grew up going to all my mom’s appointments with her, but it never interested me until my college years. I dropped out of art school thinking that it wasn’t realistic for me to have a career as a full time freelance artist, so I decided to try nail school instead and definitely had a slow start. It wasn’t until my second year of being licensed that I found a nail salon that specializes in nail art, where I learned a lot. I ended up working there for 2 years before going independent and starting my own business. I am so glad I stuck it out in nail school and got my license. I've learned so much and am so grateful to be where I am now, 5 years later!
OPI: What's the craziest/most exciting/most fun nail art look a client has asked for?
OPI: If you could describe your ideal future in the nail industry, what would it look like?
Be sure to follow Jess AKA @tendrehands on Instagram.