Janine Hartley, of Nails & Diamonds By Janine, shares how she kept herself busy during lockdown, her favourite nail styles and how to create this monochrome marble design…
“I have been working in the nail industry for around 17 years now. I started my career at college when I took a hair and beauty course, but as soon as I picked up an acrylic brush I knew this was the path in the industry that I wanted to progress in. I have worked from home, I have been a mobile technician and now I am based at Relucent Beauty Academy in Middleton.
“During lockdown I have kept myself busy with lots of technique practice and even had a go at press-on nails, which was a new challenge as I had never done them before but I loved creating them – they’re so much fun! I have also just moved house, which as very hectic during this time but it has kept me busy and focused. I have love spending quality time with my partner and two children, also using this time wisely as it’s something we will never get back; it’s been priceless.
“My signature nail style would be incorporating the marble technique into designs, I absolutely love this look as the finish is different with every nail you create. All my clients know how much I enjoy creating marble nails! I have used a number of different products over the years but NSI products have to be my favourite as I have used them from day one of my career and am still using the brand now. The Simplicité Colour Powders and Attraction system would have to be my favourite products – I can’t get enough of Rose Blush.
“I love being a part of a client’s day, being able to create a set of nails for someone and making them smile brings my such happiness,” – Janine Hartley.
“I create the monochrome marble design by using NSI Simplicité Colour Powder in Little Black Dress, NSI Secrets White Veil Masquerade Powder and NSI Secrets Sparkle Glitz, NSI Glaze ‘N’ Go and Nurture Oil. I started by doing all of my nail prep work (cuticles, etching, dehydrating, tip application and blending). To give me the perfect platform to work on for the marble nail, I always start at the cuticle area to ensure I have a flush application and clean cuticle area.
“I then picked up a bead of Little Black Dress and placed down near the cuticle without touching the skin. I then placed my next bead of White Veil into the last one and let the products merge together, flowing downwards toward the free edge of the nail. I then bring my brush back to its point and gently swirl the tip of my brush through the products to create a marble effect. Keep repeating this process until you have full coverage. I always cap my marble in Crystal Clear to protect the design.
“I love the nail industry because it is forever changing with new designs and techniques – I love being challenged. The support I have received from the industry has also been amazing, I have met some incredible people throughout the years that have later become very dear friends. I also love being a part of a client’s day, being able to create a set of nails for someone and making them smile brings me such happiness. I find the nail industry a very rewarding one to be in.
“My hopes are to continue in this amazing industry for many years to come, teaching students and creating fabulous nails for my clients,” – Janine Hartley.
“I have a had a few career highlights over the year, but my most special ones are that I was lucky enough to attend the Hair & Beauty Awards this year under the category of Nail Technician of the Year. Unfortunately I didn’t win but the whole experience was incredible and I felt very honoured to have made it to the finals. I was also asked by NSI to become an advocate for the brand, this was such a fantastic opportunity to be given. My biggest highlight so far, however, is that I qualified in my level three teacher training and now have my Nails & Diamonds Training Academy, which is the biggest dream come true to be able to pass my knowledge on.
“My hopes are to continue in this amazing industry for many years to come, teaching students and creating fabulous nails for my clients. I’m very lucky to make my passion in life my full time job. I would also like to take more training myself, as we are always learning in this industry and I think its very important to keep yourself up to date because there is always room for improvement.”
Follow Janine’s journey on social media here.