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Six days until Jamaica and nine until the wedding. Holy cow, holy cow, how did it get here so quickly?!
I may have made a small error and gotten my nails done a little bit too far in advance, my appointment with Paintbox was this past Tuesday aka eight days before we leave to Jamaica and 11 until the wedding. My manicurist told me that they should last 2-3 weeks so hopefully I’m in the clear (however I am a renowned klutz) but regardless I’ll be thoroughly enjoying them in the meantime.
Paintbox is a nail salon in New York, but honestly there needs to be a better word to describe them! They are so different than the traditional nail place you come across in NYC so their term “nail studio” really hits the nail on the head. Anyway, Paintbox is a nail studio that only offers manicures and specializes in curated nail art.
What exactly does “curated nail art” mean? Well, Paintbox was founded by Eleanor Langston, a former beauty editor that worked at Conde Nast and Hearst and she really takes that editorial approach to how they run the studio. As soon as you arrive you are presented with a book of seasonal nail designs that have been hand selected by their creative team and designed by the artists themselves. Although they specialize in designs, they also curate the color selection. Instead of being loyal to one specific brand they choose from over 50+ shades across multiple high-end brands that are on trend and compliment different skin tones. Their color guide represents a spectrum of polishes within each shade. There is no such thing as a polish wall at Paintbox, so you will never get overwhelmed.
After you have some idea of what you want they take you back to either soak off your gel manicure or get right on to the manicure if you are like me and came in bare nailed. With a glass of prosecco in hand I was escorted back to meet with my artist Mabelyn. Mabelyn has been with the studio almost since it opened and does editorial work on the side, and I can see why. She was so talented! We also bonded on the fact that she had recently taken my former last name, Martin!
Throughout the manicure she offered me thoughtful advice and steered me toward a design that complimented my ring, made sense for the wedding, was flattering, and most importantly, was going to last. For example, I had settled on white nails with rose gold half moons at the base with almond shaped nails. Mabelyn gently counseled me that white might be a little too stark against my dress, and if the color wasn’t right it could appear slightly cool or warm, also it would make my nails look shorter.
Two of my nails had chipped the previous week so they were slightly shorter from the get go, so once again she nudged me toward rounded nails instead of almond. Lastly, when she heard when my actual wedding was she suggested that putting the rose gold sparkly paint at the tips would be good because it didn’t chip as easily and when it did you wouldn’t notice, and to leave the base of my nails in that crescent shape but clear, so that grow out wouldn’t be as noticeable either. None of her advice was pushy and I highly recommend that if you’re getting married you go with their bridal package, it is slightly more expensive but you get an extended appointment (90 minutes vs 60) so they have time for a longer consultation and can spend more time on the details.
Like I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, I think that most brides want everything to be together when it comes time to walk down the aisle. Nails are one of those things that maybe the majority of people won’t notice, but you definitely will on that day and when you look back at photos. Plus I always feel more put together when I have my nails done just in general.