We quizzed 2016’s winner of The Great Scratch Shoot Out, Catriona Leith…
“It felt amazing to win last year! I’ve entered The Great Scratch Shoot Out so many times and each time I’ve done better and better. To finally win and receive that commendation was just incredible!
“The concept behind my winning shot came from an image my make-up artist, Renee Bridges, had seen and wanted to recreate. We talked about the use of colour and how we wanted the image to be bold and eye-catching. I am so proud of what I have created with both the nails and the team of experts who help make the image happen
“Since winning, the past few months have been fantastic for my career. It was the boost I needed after returning to work from having my daughter, Phoebe. Winning earned me more clients to the point where I personally could no longer take on new clients. This meant I’ve could take on and train another nail technician, Sophie George. Seeing her grow in her own career makes me so proud.
“In addition to Sophie starting at The Nail Studio, I have started writing my own courses to start my own training academy for new and experienced nail technicians. I’ve had a lot of people approach me for training which has been very humbling. I am very excited about the future!”
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Read more on page pg36 of the July issue of Scratch magazine.
Catriona’s Top Tip
- Get the professionals in! Investing in a professional photographer, model and make-up artist makes all the difference. Even though it’s a nail competition, points are awarded to every aspect of the photograph, lighting, and make-up
- Pick a theme or look and go with it. Discuss with your team about what you are looking for and have a clear vision of what you’re trying to create.
- Do your research. Look at past winners, difference poses and nail designs. Judges are looking for that ‘wow’ factor so do your research so you have a good idea of what you need to do!
- Above all enjoy the process! I had a great time creating my image, so just relax and have fun.