Today my Q&A features a nail artist and manicurist who I love to work with……….. her name is Michelle Humphrey – first off she laughs at my jokes so I knew we would get on LOL. The first time I met Michelle I thought oooh, she’s chatty, but not in a bad way…….. by the end of the day we were giggling and laughing together. Every now and again a new person comes along in the fashion industry and blows your mind off, Michelle is definitely one of those people.
Manicurists began to come along to shoots not that long ago. I remember the days when the make-up artist was expected to do the nails. Some people found them a help, some people found them annoying and in the way. I think they help to bring something extra along to a shoot……….. Michelle definitely brings a lot, her amazing work for one, her charisma and her professionalism. She’s got the loot really when it comes to manicurists and to prove it she became ambassador for Maybelline New York for nails…….
I don;t think there’s anything else left for me to say apart from, have a read of her Q&A to get a bit more of an insight into this charming young lady and have a perusal at some of her amazing work along the way.
Take it away Michelle.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
An air hostess! Then I got scared of flying (I’m fine now though)
HOW DID YOU BEGIN DOING MANICURES AND HOW DID YOU GET INTO WORKING ON SHOOTS.?
Initially self-taught; I did my own acrylic nails from the age of 15. I got my official NVQ qualifications at the age of 20. I then spent 7 years working in various nail salons where I became qualified to master level. As a motivated and career driven person, I hit a brick wall when I had spent 7 years in salons and could no longer develop my job role. The choices were to own my own salon or move into the session industry. I chose the latter and here I am 3 years on and loving it.
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
In West London.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
WERE ANY OF YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRY AND IF SO DID THEY HELP YOU LEARN TO DEAL WITH IT, AND IT’S DEMANDS?
Nobody! I suppose I found my own way and was lucky to meet the right people along the way.
YOU’RE THE SPOKEPERSON FOR NAILS FOR MAYBELLINE NEW YORK, HOW LONG HAVE YOU HELD THAT POSITION AND WHAT KIND OF THINGS DOES IT ENTAIL?
I’ve worked with Maybelline New York for around 3 years. The tasks I have to do throughout the year varies…
The main jobs are:
Shoots, providing quotes, heading up my team at London fashion week, Nail art videos, advertorials, press events, campaigns, celebrity work, press junkets, trend seminars, office visits, social media, product feedback, and generally anything they need me to help out with.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE BEAUTY/NAIL PRODUCTS. ( NOT ALL NAILS THOUGH)
Rapid Brow growth serum – this literally helps you grow your brows if they’re looking a bit thin or sparse. Perfect now thicker brows are on trend.
Clinique Dramatically Different Plus. This is a face cream is a must have in my beauty bag, I’ve used it for years.
Maybelline New York BB cream, I love this as I don’t like my make up too look too heavy on a daily basis. This gives a light moisturising coverage.
Windle and Moodie Shine and Smoothing Hair oil – it smells delicious and leaves my hair feeling nourished and silky soft.
Garnier Ultimate Oil Beauty Scrub – I love the texture of this body scrub, it leaves your skin smooth, moisturised and smells fab.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW
House Music, reggae, 80’s music, 90’s, acoustic guitar, disco, nu disco. Loads of different music genres in fact.
I Love Sushi (when it’s done properly in a restaurant – none of that pre-packaged stuff on the shelf in the Supermarket!)
Also a huge fan of American Junk food, obviously not on a daily basis – but I do love it as a treat!
Art wise, I’m really into retro skateboard designs, think Santa Cruz.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ANIMALS?
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
I grew up in the 90’s, there was quite a broad range of music I used to listen to. I was well into dance tracks like Robin S – Show me love and Haddaway – What is Love etc.
Then there was the Garage music thing that I got quite into as well.
And I was also into RnB and rap music. Puff Daddy, Aaliyah, Notorious BIG, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg etc.
If I’m on a job and someone puts a 90’s mix on it immediately lifts my spirits and takes me back! Still love it!
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE ONLY 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE? ****PLEASE NOTE : ONE WHOLE ALBUM CAN BE CLASSED AS 1 SONG, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE 10 ALBUMS IF YOU PREFER *** ( EXPLAIN IF YOU WANT TO, WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )
Notorious BIG – Juicy
Kenny Dope and the Bucketheads – These Sounds Fall Into My Mind (90’s memories)
The Cure – Greatest Hits album
Vincent Montana jr. – It Looks Like Love (dim’s compiled edit) – I love this disco track
Serani – No games – Great Reggae vibes
Bill Withers – who is he
Beanie Man – Girls Dem Sugar
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Poolside – Chillin out
Shaba Ranks – Mr Loverman
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?
Probably somewhere tropical and hot all year round. London is pretty cold and grey at the moment, I love the sun and heat.
MASTERMIND IS AN ICONIC BRITSH TV QUIZ SHOW WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE QUESTIONED FOR 2 MINUTES ON THEIR CHOSEN SPECIALISED SUBJECT. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR SPECIALISED SUBJECT IF YOU WERE A CONTESTANT?
Probably would have to be nails!
WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Your hilarious videos on Instagram……… LOL
IN A FILM OF YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLAY YOU?
Probably Cameron Diaz, she’s such an amazing actress, love her!
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
I love House of Holland, Kenzo and Markus Lupfer.
YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM? ( IT CAN BE SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T SEE YET)
Dumb and Dumber – I love this movie, a classic that makes me laugh so much!
Little Miss Sunshine – I love Indie films and this one is such a feel good film.
Will Ferell Movie – Get Hard, not released until the summer though.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – One of my all time favourite films.
Napoleon Dynamite – I love the dance scene, such a classic!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Anything chocolately and New York Cheesecake is up there too.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
A house cat. They lounge around, sleep all day and get fed – Perfect!
WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL FOUR GUESTS TO A DINNER PARTY AT YOUR HOUSE ( THEY CAN BE DEAD OR ALIVE)
Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carey and Ben Stiller = should be a funny night with those guys!
DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE, IF SO WHAT IS IT?
Crisps!! I love crisps!!!
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
Either Costa Rica or Hawaii.
NAME ANY TYPE OF PRODUCT IE: FOOD, TOYS, CLOTHES, OR COSMETICS ETC THAT YOU ONCE LOVED BUT IS NOW EITHER DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
Technics 1210’s got discontinued, this broke my heart! You can get seconds hand ones now though, but the value has shot up.
A Huge thank you to Michelle and if you want to follow her on Instagram, her name is @NailsbyMH