Delicate patterns on the nail

Delicate patterns on the nail

Nail art has always fascinated people of all age groups. It caught the attention of Pooja Gangaramani, a professional working in the fashion industry, when she saw someone doing it. It was love at first sight and she immediately started working on it. 

“The idea hit me when I started collecting nail paint. I saw someone getting nail art done and it was a ‘Eureka’ moment for me. It was not difficult for me to pick up the art as I belong to the fashion industry. I began by collecting the tools first, then experimenting on my family members and myself. Slowly, my friends came to know about my hobby and I started doing nail art on them also,” she says.

It was not easy for Pooja to follow a trend that is always changing. This also means that she has to be aware of the latest designs that is trending and popular among the youngsters.

“I did a lot of research on the nail art and how it became popular. Even now, I am rediscovering myself and learning how to update my designs and concepts. There is a lot that goes into any hobby and nail art is no different. Though it is creatively satisfying, it requires a lot of hard work, dedication and time. I use the time after work to learn new things,” she elaborates.

The designs that Pooja uses for her hobby include tribal art, stickers, sparkles, stamping and the regular ones. Stamping is a delicate art and only an expert can do it. “I am yet to master the art of stamping, it is a very delicate art and takes a lot of time. I am trying to practise it so that I can perfect it soon. I like to do decorative nail art and try to bring out a different look every time,” she says.

So does she design a look for a person based on their attributes? “Not everyone can carry everything off,  hence I try to design a look which will suit one’s personality. I try not to go overboard with colours and designs. It also depends on what the person wants. I discuss and lay the options in front of my friends and others and ask them to choose. I value their choices and suggestions and try to incorporate those in my designs,” she says.

Pooja says most of the things that she has learnt is from the internet. “I spent a lot of time learning the art on the internet. One of the techniques that I have learnt is about using the micro-technology. I use a thin nib, like that of a pen, to make designs on the nail.

I also make sure that the nail is not damaged in anyway. I apply a base coat of nail polish before making the patterns on them. As the shelf-life of the nail art is only a week, it does not harm the nail. Also, I advise people to remove nail polish properly and moisturise the nails. I follow this regimen even when I am trying it on myself,” she adds.

Ask her if her family supports her and she says that her husband and sister are extremely supportive. “They like the fact that I am creatively inclined and want to pursue this hobby. Today, people are so engrossed in their jobs that they don’t have time to pursue their hobbies.

I not only want to continue doing this, but also want to take it a step forward. I want to encourage people to take some time off their hectic schedule and try something that is fun once in a while. Nail art today is very popular among youngsters but I have seen many older women taking an interest in it too. I hope more people get to know about it and try it on,” she sums up.

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