Celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec launches nail art design sketch book

By Helena Biggs | 03 June 2020 | News, Products & Treatments

Julie Kandalec Book

On National Nail Polish Day (1 June), and in tribute to the day she lost her mother, celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec has launched a nail art book by which consumers and pros can sketch out their own designs.

The former creative director at Paintbox and founder of Masterclass Nail Academy has created the Nail Art Design Book to make designing nail art easier and more exciting. The 42-page metallic-gold inked book presents educational elements such as colour theory and colour combination ideas to spark creativity in nail art fans.

Inspired by a cover shoot in which she had to design 40 different looks, Julie sketched out all 40 tips on a flight home from Tokyo, saving hours of work. “I was regularly creating nail art looks for private clients; brands like Essie and Christian Siriano, and on set with Elle and Cosmopolitan,” comments Julie. “Understanding that nail artists are visual beings, I wanted to design something tangible that a client or artist can create in, whether they are together or apart.”

The release features twin covers with nail lacquers hand-swirled by Kandalec and photographed by Nicke Parisse, and the inside spread features editorials done by Julie with famed beauty photographers, Jamie Nelson and Yu Tsai among others.

Additionally, the book features clear illustrations of Julie’s favourite tools of the trade with 27-pages of blank nails to design nail styles in three shapes – almond, oval and square. Offering 540 nails in total, printed on high quality, opaque 100# cover paper to prevent bleeding, the book is wire coil bound to lie flat for easy sketching and laying out gems and studs and is finished with metallic foil on the cover.

“Now that we’re all home and salons are slowly re-opening across the USA but with limited services, saving time is vital.

“My hope for this design book is for every nail art lover to use this as a daily diary of nail art that inspires them, to show what trends and colours they’re obsessed with, want to wear on their own nails or create for others.”

The book is available for purchase via www.nailmasterclass.com and via Julie’s Instagram.

Julie is donating 10% of each sale throughout June to the Trade-Works Foundation, a non-profit organisation that brings beauty professionals to teach their skills to under-resourced youth in Jamaica.