Our latest Nails of New York spotlights Mabelyn Martin, our very own associate creative director. Mabelyn has been on the Paintbox team for more than three years and is a vital part of the heartbeat of our brand. In addition to being an incredibly precise manicurist, Mabelyn is known for her genuine and generous spirit, making connections with every single client that sits across from her.
Warm and always empathetic, Mabelyn is passionate about her creativity–always presenting new ideas and teaching our team about the latest in color theory, on-the-radar fashion trends and how they translate into nails, and intriguing ideas from other cultures and cities. We're very proud to share her inspiring story of her journey to become a nail artist, what she loves about matte primary manicures, and her forever-favorite nail polish colors.
How did you get into the nail industry?
I started in the fashion industry with wardrobe styling and after making the nail color the key in a few looks. I started to focus a lot more on nail and nail art.
What's your earliest nail memory?
Ginger McKenna (played by Sharon Stone) in the movie Casino! Every wardrobe change had the perfect nails to match. The gold beaded gown with bright red nails was the most memorable.
How do you pick your designs?
Usually a color inspires what I want on my nails next. Right now, I'm really loving primary colors with a matte top coat. I'll either do a matte single color bright red or incorporate some line work in cobalt blue over nude with a matte finish.
What's your favorite color?
It changes for me all the time. Red is my strongest right now. Kelly green and gray are also forever favorites.
In one word, how does a manicure make you feel? Sleek.
What were your nails like in high school?
I always had a French manicure.
When do you notice your nails the most?
I notice them after a fresh manicure, especially when I use a color I wouldn't normally reach for.
What's your dream day?
The beach, a book store, French sandwiches, thrifting... all with Toro y Moi and yacht rock playing all day.
When do you get your best ideas?
Sometimes it's after a day of going through art galleries or while watching a film. Other times, designing one manicure leads to another great one.