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17 January 2015

TECH TALK: Meet creative tech, Lydia Upjohn

Tech Talk

She’s a regular in our weekly nail art round ups so we decided to get to know the name behind the super-cool nail creations…

Lydia UpjohnWhat is your background in nails?

My interest in nails began at a young age; I used to spend Saturdays with my aunt and she would give me pocket money and I vividly remember buying a neon yellow nail varnish and thinking I was the coolest kid in town.

I’ve had a varied career, but have always gone back to nails. After having my children, it was something I could do while still being really involved with their upbringing.

I trained at my local college in 2007 and gained an NVQ level two, and started working on friends and family. In 2012 I decided I wanted to refresh my skills and that was when the passion really kicked in. I retrained at the Creative Academy Manchester with CND™ and my mind was blown. The education was amazing and it gave me the bug. I’m now working towards becoming a grand master and actually work part time at the academy too.

What are your preferred nail products?

I love CND™. I’ve tried many but the science behind CND™ is fabulous. If I had to choose my favourite product of all it would be Cuticle Away. I get great satisfaction from perfect prep of the nail, and this product makes my life so easy.

What is your favourite treatment to perform?

I love all elements of my job, so this is tricky, but I’d probably say a CND SHELLAC™ French manicure. It’s a timeless classic that looks so neat, tidy and pretty.

If you could do anyone’s nails, who would you choose?

Maybe Rihanna. She’s very edgy and current and her nails are always a statement with art and extreme enhancements.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

I’ll never forget the time I featured on the Scratch Facebook page ‘Trend Tuesday’ post. It was such a boost as it was the first time I’d ever submitted my work. Also meeting the lovely Gigi Rouse was amazing. I spent the day with her and learnt so much. I now class her as a friend; she’s kind and very supportive. Securing my job at the Creative Academy was also a big highlight.

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