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Meet ManiMe’s professional nail artist: Christine Doan (@glosshouse)

We are so excited to introduce and welcome Christine Doan (@glosshouse) into ManiMe’s growing community of professional nail artists. She’s the creator behind two gel manis of the Summer Picnic Collection.

By: ManiMe
Jun 15 2021

Today (June 15), Christine Doan (@glosshouse) joins ManiMe’s growing community of professional nail artists with her two Summer Picnic Collection gel manis. As a San Diego-based hobbyist turned professional nail artist, Christine uses nail art and self-care to cultivate conversation around mental health awareness. She is best known for her fluid designs and custom mixed colors — each design is uniquely one of a kind. 

You’ll see her beautiful abstract designs with her Summer Picnic Collection gels: Sunset Cliffs mani and Balboa Park gel manis.

Read on to learn more about Christine (@glosshouse) as a nail artist, her inspiration for her colorful gel designs, and her favorite elements of the summer. 

Are you wearing Christine’s gels this summer? Shop the Summer Picnic Collection now and don’t forget to tag us in your posts on social! See you there @manime.co!

ManiMe: How did you get started in the nail industry? 

Christine: My parents owned multiple salons growing up. They also opened many for our family throughout the years where my brother and I would spend our time after school. Because it was something that was always a part of my daily routine, I chose a different career path and went into nuclear engineering with the US Navy. After spending much time in a field that was contained in a steel building with an ever-changing work schedule (rotating shifts, 9 days on 2 days off), I wanted to get back to my creative roots.  

At the time, I was attending outpatient care to nurture my mental health diagnosis of BiPolar type 2. I spent every night painting my nails and it was a form of meditation since it helped slow my breathing and racing thoughts. It was actually my boyfriend who recommended that I try nail art on my own nails. He showed me some of my first nail art pictures. As I continued on, my coworkers started to take notice as well as the customers at my retail job. I practiced so often and so much on them that I eventually went to cosmetology school to get my license. 

ManiMe: How did you develop your nail art style? 

Christine: I started off recreating art pieces that I would find in my boyfriend’s design magazines. At the time, nail art was still minimal and reminiscent of design styles that I grew up seeing. I would always try to imitate certain techniques that I found in embroidery artists, street artists, and even murals. I owe a lot of inspiration to Pharrell’s Places and Spaces I’ve Been book. It’s a coffee table staple in our house.

ManiMe: What are your favorite colors, textures, or techniques to use in your nail art? 

Christine: I love mixing colors. I think it’s because of my knowledge of hair. I pay attention to this when finding the perfect nude for a client. Tonal subtleties are so important. There is no one shade that fits all so adding in the warmth or cool tones compliments the nail art that will go along with it. Not to mention, when nail grow-out occurs, it will blend more seamlessly into the client's nail beds.

ManiMe: Where do you typically find inspiration? 

Christine: To be honest, my boyfriend doesn’t know this, but I rummage through his book collection a lot. I’ve been heavily into “Type for Screen” recently. I love how much detail impacts the whole feeling of a look and have been expanding on knowledge from outside the nail world so I can interpret it into my work. Also, the Coolors app is one of my favorite ways to find complementary colors!

ManiMe: What is your favorite at-home manicure, pedicure, or nail care tip? 

Christine: When removing your gels at home, I will always apply cuticle oil before wrapping the nails to ensure that skin doesn’t completely dry out. I do my nails a lot so this helps out immensely. 

ManiMe: What’s your favorite ManiMe Essential product to use? 

Christine: The ManiMitten a.k.a ManiMe’s moisturizing hand gloves! Last summer, I received my first laser hand treatment and since I use my hands so often, I’ve been taking care of them a lot more diligently. I will always carry my skincare down to the tops of my hands and apply SPF. The ManiMitten is so nice, especially when I do it alongside my hair and face mask - it is a true spa experience.

ManiMe: What was the inspiration behind your Summer Picnic gel designs? 

Christine: I’m originally from the Bay Area where picnics are just another day at Dolores or the trunk of the car open to a sunset with your friends. When I moved to San Diego, I found myself at the park or beach often with food in the summer. Balboa Park and Sunset Cliffs are two local essentials to share with friends and loved ones. The colors and texture pay homage to my new hometown!

ManiMe: Describe your ideal picnic - where are you, what are you eating, and who are you with?

Christine: Top of the cliffs an hour before sunset with friends, loved ones, or even I’m taking myself out on a date. Sparkling lemonade and charcuterie are a must but also a slice of key lime pie -- forever and always! 

ManiMe: What are you looking forward to this summer?

Christine: A new routine! Summertime is when I realign now that the sun is out longer, I try to learn at least one new hobby each year to document growth.

ManiMe: How do you keep your manis and pedis looking fresh during the summer?

Christine: I always have gel on my toes so they don’t chip. I also wear lots of SPF and moisture on my hands to protect them from the sun and heat!

Rapid Fire with Christine (@glosshouse)

  • Bold or subtle? Subtle
  • Bright or neutral? Bright
  • Matte or glossy? Matte
  • Favorite picnic item? GLASSWARE, I would die for a pretty plate or cup.
  • Favorite part of summer? The smell of warm salty air!