Caitlin Iley

NAIL TECH TALK: Aubrey Cycenas of The Glossy Spot

By Callie Iley | 27 November 2021 | Feature, Tech Talk

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Scratch chats to Aubrey Cycenas of The Glossy Spot about challenging herself to create unique nail designs and the most exciting aspects of the industry…

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I’m a fully licensed cosmetologist, but I met my former mentor in hair school. She personally taught me the basics of nails, and I quickly combined my love of art to create sculpted mini masterpieces. I’ve been doing nails professionally since 2017, but I’ve loved painting my own nails with intricate designs since I was 14 years old.

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I work exclusively with hard gel and gel polish, working mainly with extensions. Most of my clients come to see me for my hand painted nail art. Almost everything I do all the time is painted by hand.

I love LCN as my hard gel, and for colours I always use The Gel Bottle — they have every colour you could ever need. I love the aesthetic of the bottles, they display so beautifully on my shelves.

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I am always inspired by the thousands of other amazing nail artists around the world. I love to get inspiration from other techs work, and then challenge myself to give it my own twist! I really try to give everything a unique twist. I also love working on sets inspired by cartoons. Bold lines have always been a favourite medium of mine, even as a traditional artist.

The colour of my soul, studio, and everything else I love, is light pink. It’s fun, it’s sweet, and it makes everybody smile! I try to always keep my personality pink.

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I think the most exciting thing about nails is that it’s completely limitless. You can be whatever kind of artist you’d like, and there will be clients for you. I also love that I’m constantly challenged. I always dreamed of being an artist, but I never thought that it was possible to have a lucrative career. The only starving thing about me is my hunger to push my skills every day. I feel beyond lucky to say I truly love my job.

“I always say that my only competition is myself— I strive to do better than the day before, every day.”

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The highlight of my career so far is celebrating one year of successfully running my own business. It’s been my dream to own my own studio space that could offer a private, safe, getaway for each of my clients. I like to think of my room as almost a clubhouse — it’s a place you can escape to.

I really love what I’ve been able to create for myself and my clients, and I can’t wait to see what else the future holds for my baby business as she grows up!

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I really hope to someday make a name for myself in the industry. There are so many artists I look up to — someday, I’d like to be one of them for everyone else!

Follow Aubrey on Instagram, here.