The Korean glass nail art trend has broke the Internet and taken nail art to a whole new level. Yesterday, Vogue reached out to the genius behind glass nails to reveal the inspiration behind what has become viral.
The woman is Park Eun Kyung, a 33-year old manicurist who works at Unistella by E.K. Lab. Kyung shared with Vogue that the inspiration behind the glass nail art trend dates back about five months ago. She had come across an abalone shell on the beach and she wanted to replicate the idea into nail art. At first, she tried using cellphone candy wrappers to imitate the shell’s mirrored sheen. However, when she tried applying them onto nails, it was a bit too stiff. She then turned to holographic film from Japan, which is what was used for the earlier versions.
Since you can imagine how tedious this process would take, Kyung found a more efficient way to do this — she turned them into stickers. She told Vogue, “At first, I took that paper and spent a long time cutting it with scissors, arranging it individually on each nail, and painted a gel coat on top. Now we’ve made them into stickers, so it’s a little bit easier to do.”
While glass nails has taken the Internet by storm, this isn’t the only success under Kyung’s belt. She has done manicures famous Korean models Irene Kim and Song Kyung Ah, and K-pop stars like Lee Hyori. So really, it was only a matter of time until Kyung’s work would go viral.
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