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Meet ManiMe’s nail artist: Catherine Hong (@smile___nails)

Get to know this nail artist a little better!

By: ManiMe
Sep 14 2021

Meet ManiMe's newest nail artist: Catherine Hong (@smile___nails). She designed two stunning gel manis and two gel pedis for ManiMe's NEW Vibe Check Capsule.

Catherine Hong is a creative and nail art enthusiast best known for her minimal and elegant designs. But every once in a while, you’ll find her playing with pops of color and her signature smiley :)

Read on to learn more about Catherine and her ManiMe gel nail art.

Are you wearing Catherine's designs? Don't forget to show us by tagging Catherine (@smile___nails) and ManiMe on Instagram.

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

Catherine: I grew up doodling, taking art classes and now I work in a creative industry. So naturally at a young age, I started doing nail art on my own nails. It really became a passion of mine over time and now it's something I can't go without.

ManiMe: How did you develop your nail art style?

Catherine: I go through different phases and styles all the time. From experimenting with intricate designs vs. super simple yet bold ones. But over time, I've come to realize I really enjoy minimal, graphic, and colorful styles rather than something too patterned or detailed.

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

Catherine: Bright, fluorescent colors bring me so much joy. Mixed with a classic, french mani? My favorite combo :)

ManiMe: Where do you typically find inspiration?

Catherine: Can't help but fall into recent trends. But I also love stumbling upon painters and illustrators with unique styles.

ManiMe: What was the inspiration behind your Vibe Check Capsule gels?

Catherine: My signature smiley :) I've been drawing it since I was pretty young and it still brings me so much joy. I wanted to design something playful and bold that hopefully a lot of people will enjoy.

Rapid Fire

  • Glossy or matte: Glossy
  • Bold or neutral color palette: Bold, yet classy.
  • Fav nail shape: Almond