They say there’s a first for everything. Well this month was my first experience of negative criticism regarding some Nail Art I did.
The Target… This piece
If you follow me you’ll know I’ve signed up to Nailbox.co.uk manicure box subscription service. A little background on this… I pay £15 a month and a little package is delivered to me containing 3-4 polishes A treatment/topcoat/base coat & a tool. Pretty cool huh?
As well as writing a little review on the box contents & showing swatches of the colours, I also try & do some nail art showcasing each colour.
The above picture was my ‘Showcase’ for Nails Inc Colville Mews. Now I had already seen a lot of other people’s work with this colour, mainly of the stamping & floral kind, so has that had already been accomplished I wanted to try something different, so I went with this…
I’ll admit at first I wasn’t keen, but the longer I wore it the more it grew on me. I adore this colour, unfortunately this colour does not like me, I find it makes me very washed out & pale.
Anyway the wonderful people at Nailbox decided they liked it too as I ended up on their News feed!!
As someone who spent a long time putting off social media as a way to show my nail art, for me this was a BIG deal. I hate attention, but at the same time I’m now in the business where I guess I now need to get myself out there – conflicts hey??
Well although this design was growing on me & Nailbox seemed to like it, other people didn’t & were quite open to giving their opinion….
I won’t divulge comments, but let’s just say my heart dropped reading them. I looked up some of the people who had left a comment & was abit dis-hearted in learning they were nail professionals too…. Not all, just some.
We all know Art has it controversies, it’s quite nice to know currently I have 12 likes for that piece of work & one very amazing nail professional who stood up for me – I sent her a private message thanking her too.
My point with all this is, has much as their comments left me gutted & abit downhearted at first, I then was left frustrated at not knowing why?….
Was it the combination of colours? My application? The colour against my skin tone? My cuticle condition?….
Remember my aim with the manicure box is to create nail art solely with the colours provided.
My advice to anyone commenting on nailart – or mine at least – I’d love to know why a piece of work didn’t work for you? I can’t grow & evolve If I’m not learning & taking on advice at the same time 😀 I am a sponge for knowledge especially as I’m still slowly getting back into the swing of things.
I won’t let this dishearten me – sticks & stones you know… I’m glad to know some fabulous supporters of what I do & who have encouraged me throughout my Nail Technician Training. 💅
Sorry for the picture quality showing this amazing red from Tany Burr, it was so glossy my camera had a hard time focusing 😬
And here we have attempt number 2, the striping tape being from my own collection. x
I hope for anyone who receives criticism for something they do, doesn’t let it get to them, keep trying & pursuing your dreams. All the greats were once rejected Walt Disney, JK Rowling, Steve Jobs, keep going & you could end up great too 😀