Make-up: Nailed it!

2014-06-27 10:00

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Tshego Senne is a 22-year-old sign language honours student at Wits University. When she’s not grafting, she’s pursuing her favourite hobby – transforming people’s nails into little pieces of art.

Nail art has been hot since Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey started flashing their painted creations in public.

Locally, Pearl Thusi and Dineo Moeketsi are two of our fabulous celebs who are flaunting cool talons.

Nail art is more than just your average one-tone manicure; it’s using painting techniques, glitter, jewels, studs, sequins, stickers and stamps to create everything from floral, glittery and spotty nails to nails that look like little strawberries or watermelons. It takes a while to do, but the results are spectacular.

I spent an afternoon with Tshego while she leisurely painted my nails – first in a purple, glittery, disco galaxy theme and then in a more neutral, Art Deco design.

Senne says nude, pastel and minimalist nails are in right now, as are textured nails. Her magic box of nail polish included varnish that gives a fuzzy, sugary or sandy effect. But nail trends aren’t rules. The idea behind nail art is to be as creative as you want. It’s about what you like.

It’s a little tricky starting as a nail artist in South Africa because our stores don’t yet stock all the tools, cool appliqués and crazy nail jewels. Senne gets most of her stuff from Singapore.

Tshego comes to your house to do your nails for R190 a set. Email her at to book.

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