Still rocking a boring old French polish?
These days, Cork’s most design-forward digits are adorned in custom nail art… and there’s one creative nail tech behind some of the most marvellous manicures in town.
Courtney Lee has created fingertip versions of a number of well-known local murals, including the pink and orange wall at the ESB Substation on Cork’s Caroline Street, the work of local artist Shane O’Driscoll, and Garreth Joyce’s colourful mural celebrating the French Huguenot Quarter on Carey’s Lane.
Another set is designed to complement the Reimagine Cork mural on Coleman’s Lane in the city.
The nail technician opened her first salon room, Nails by Courtney Jade, last year, offering all the usual nail services as well as some uber artistic nail art options.
Now waiting out the ‘Level 5’ restrictions, which have closed her business and many others until December, Courtney has turned her attention to creativity and her love of abstract art.
“We’re so lucky to live in a city so full of art that we can pull inspiration from the everyday. It inspired this nail art series, the Cork City Sets, a whole series of nail art based purely on local murals and artists,” she told Yay Cork.
Courtney says her average customer is looking for something a little more inventive than a French manicure.
“Cork gals are getting more adventurous with nail art, I feel like the industry is evolving every day and people are pushing the boundaries so much more than what they did 10 years ago.
“Nail art is used as a statement or a piece of art now rather than just a simple file and polish, which is such a fun way for it to be. There is a lot of influence from celebrities too so new trends just keep coming every few weeks.
“I’ve done some with boobs and also some red glittery festive chillies, oh and some FILA nails, which were a lot of fun!”
You can check out the full series on Instagram @nailsbycourtneyjade.