As I think I said in my last post about school, I think one of the best parts of my school is that they actually run a student salon and get us lots of clients to get real world practice on before we go out into the salons looking for work. It helps build up our portfolios as well as the old mantra of practice makes perfect!
OPI “Thanks a Windmillion”
As many manis as I’ve done, I was still a little nervous with my first client- I’m used to doing the nails of people I know and am just generally comfortable around and know that they won’t tear me to shreds if I make a mistake! Luckily she was easy going, this was her first no chip actually! I could have gotten closer to the cuticles and maybe done a little more work on them, but it still turned out pretty nicely.
OPI “Gargantuan Green Grapes”
Next class day, my first client was a slightly older lady who had been getting no chips regularly for years, but she had never been to my school before. I assured her that she was in good hands, and she responded “Well I better be!” which made me laugh a little bit. She told me how her signature look she has always done was half one side of her pinky with a glitter accent. She wasn’t sure if she could do that here, but I convinced her it was totally no problem, and helped her pick a cute silver and white glitter that went well with the polish she chose which she said was totally out of her comfort zone of normally reds/pinks/purples. She was super happy in the end I could do her signature look for her (even if you can’t see it in the picture…)
I want to say the light pink is OPI “Bubblebath” but don’t quote me on that… and I don’t remember the darker pink’s name.
I was pretty excited when the second client of the day wanted something a little less plain. There’s nothing wrong with single color manicures; I just like adding more zing and colors! I also got to learn the proper way to apply loose dry glitter to the nail which was neat. By this time I was getting more comfortable cleaning up the cuticles so they look as nice as the nails.