The second nail technician to be featured in this series is Liz Guild. Yep, THEE Liz guild. Again, I’ll just straight in…
- What made you go into nails?
I had to leave my job when I was 17 due to being a single mother. I met my partner Jay, and fell pregnant and didn’t want to be a non-working parent so I thought nails would be the easier option. How wrong was I?! It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life!
- When did you start doing nails?
In 2010. I stopped in 2011 and started back up in 2012.
- What made you give up and sell your kit before coming back to the nail world?
Basically, I was just having a real crappy time. My nails were lifting, I didn’t feel good about them and I lost all of my confidence. I had a client who’s nail snapped the day after, and she refused to travel back to me for a free repair and then proceeded to slander me on social media. This was the cherry on the cake for me. I sold all of my stuff and vowed to never do nails again. But here I am 😉
- How long did it take you to complete a set of acrylic nails when you first started?
About 4 hours… and even then, they still looked like bricks on sticks haha.
- What steps did you take to build up your clientele?
I always practiced nail art that was different to what everyone else were doing to attract more clients. I remember practicing 3D roses as no one in my area could offer them at the time. This automatically gave me an advantage on local competition.
- Which set is your favourite nails that you’ve ever done?
- What is your favourite nail shape?
Coffin/ballerina 100% It’s slender, sexy, classy. I just love it!
- Do you have any advice for sculpting?
Make sure you fit your forms correctly. Getting the right angle is important. If there’s a dent in the form, your nail will have a dent. If the form is wonky, your nail will be wonky. So always make sure it is flush and applied properly. When applying acrylic over the form area, drain your bead a little so you aren’t chasing the product around the form. After that, it’s just practice 🙂
- What do you do, if you feel a set is going wrong, to try and make it better and not panic?
If I see something that is going wrong, I will assess what needs fixing… for example, I will always ask every client if they like the acrylic colour after I’ve done the first nail. If not, I will remove and make necessary changes. In terms of not panicking, remember that they are only nails and nine times out of ten, it CAN be fixed. Getting a bit flustered is ok, but don’t work yourself up. Everyone has those days. If all else fails… chuck some glitter on it haha.
- What are your holy grail products?
Obviously CJP is my holy grail in every aspect. It changed the game for me completely – from confidence, to application, to the support that the brand provides for all of its users. Individually, I couldn’t live without CJP’s crystal glass clear acrylic because it just makes anything I encapsulate look like glass, CJP’s big boy brush (I never thought anything would take the place of my Alpha brush), I also love Tones peach cuticle oil.
- What’s your favourite type of nail art?
I love freehand line work. I always see Bethany Stockell’s mandala designs that she does with builder gel and I actually ended up sending her my NABA black hard gel because I just can’t do it. My go-to nail art is just encapsulating glitter etc, but I do love my geometric #notpolish designs. It’s perfect for accent nails and it can bring any set together no matter how simple or complex.
- Who inspires me?
Kerry Anderson. Her work is just outstanding. She is so grounded and level headed. I think a lot of people could aspire to be more like her in this industry.
- Where do you find your inspiration?
From everywhere and everyone. I find most of my inspiration from Instagram. If I find that I’m stuck for inspiration tor that I’ve hit a wall with my creativity, then my main 3 accounts that I always run to are Chrissie Pearce’s @chrissiepearcenails, Lucy Fell’s (@misslucysnailartist) and Bethany Stockell’s (@b_stockell) accounts.
- What is your biggest motivation when you hit a bump in the road with nails?My kids. 110%. I know it sounds cliché, but they are routing for me and I need to make them proud. Failure is not an option. Also, hearing that I inspire people… that keeps me going!
- Funny client story.
The only really funny thing that has ever happened is a client who went to sit down and the chair rolled forward and she fell flat on her arse. We were laughing our heads off for at least 10 minutes.
- If you had
onethree wish(s) what would it/they be?
To have more confidence in myself. I wish that the industry wasn’t such a hellhole sometimes. Also, to remove the stigma that all nail techs are dumb.
- The best advice you have been given and by who?
“Learn to build the house before you decorate” – Jemma Porch. Pretty nails are lovely, but your foundation is key. Concentrate on your shaping, apex, cuticle application and prep work before worrying about learning fancy designs.
- Who are your rocks in this industry and why?
Jemma Porch for changing my life. Period. The whole CJP and Behind the scenes admin team for being there for me on a daily basis. They pick me up when I feel like crap… they listen. Danni Simmons for teaching me in the beginning that I’m worth more. And finally Bethany Stockell for teaching me that you don’t need that piece of paper to be someone special. She’s always on the other end of the phone, for whatever reason, whenever I need it and most importantly for repeatedly shouting at me “You’re Liz f*cking Guild” when I’m upset or feeling sorry for myself. She’s shown me what a real warrior looks like, for being someone who can be put down so many times and come back bigger, better and stronger every single time to swivel her Swarovski covered middles fingers to the haters ❤
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what’s the biggest goal you’ve ever set yourself?
The goal I have set myself, is to get to 100,000 subs on youtube. In 5 years, I hope to receive more education, and to eventually become trained to teach so I can offer 1-2-1’s to help people.
- What advice would you give to someone starting out?
My advice would be to never ever, ever quit. No matter what area you are in life, no matter how much crap is being thrown your way. That with perseverance, and most importantly self-belief, you can do anything! You only fail when you quit!!!
And there we have it. 20 Questions and answers from the wonderful Liz. If anyone is fortunate enough to already know Liz, then you will know that she dedicates her heart and soul to helping people, whether that be through her videos, her support groups, or privately. An example that I can share from my own experience, is when she was merely an acquaintance… Liz started noticing how much stick I was getting for being self-taught online and she stepped in. She risked her own reputation that she had built and used her platform to stand by me. Not just once, but over and over until it stopped. She really is just an amazing person, nail technician, AND supermum! Now she is one of my closest friends. I love her to bits!
I think sometimes we all need to remember that she is human just like the rest of us. She has her own insecurities, life issues, family, children, goals, and achievements.
If you somehow haven’t come across Liz yet, then here is her incredible YouTube. She has a tonne of videos with such invaluable information and advice regarding everything nails. Here is her link https://www.youtube.com/user/Lizzibeth21088
Right… my kebab is probably cold now… so I’ll leave it there! 😉
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