Get to know pro gel nail artist: Stefanie Sanchez (@polished_yogi)
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Meet ManiMe’s professional nail artist: Stefanie Sanchez (@polished_yogi)

We are so excited to introduce and welcome Stefanie Sanchez (@polished_yogi) into ManiMe’s growing community of professional nail artists. She’s the mastermind behind two gel manis and one gel pedi of the Summer Picnic Collection. 

By: ManiMe
Jun 15 2021

Today (June 15), Stefanie Sanchez (@polished_yogi), will join ManiMe’s growing community of professional nail artists with her three Summer Picnic Collection manis and pedi. Stefanie is a self-proclaimed nail art hobbyist who is appreciative of all things aesthetic. A fierce advocate for mental wellness, Stefanie loves creating minimalistic art in cute colorways as a practice of mindfulness and self-care. 

You’ll see her style reflected in Summer Picnic Collection gels: Here Comes the Sunflowers gel mani, Lemon Delight mani, and pedi. Read on to learn more about Stefanie’s career as a nail hobbyist, her inspiration for her gorgeous minimalist gel designs, and her favorite elements of the summer. 

Are you wearing Stefanie’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: How did you get started in the nail industry? 

Stefanie: I first tried doing nail art in high school when I didn’t want to pay for a salon manicure. I was convinced I could do it myself! I had so much fun practicing and trying new techniques, especially on my friends throughout college, and I have been hooked ever since. 

ManiMe: How did you develop your nail art style?

Stefanie: I don’t know if I have a solid style, but I generally gravitate towards cute and colorful or aesthetically chic designs. Lately, I’ve also been into doing tiny patterns paired with negative space or bold creams shades.

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

Stefanie: I love wearing pinks/corals, periwinkles, and aqua/mint shades! I love gradients for simple nail art, but my absolute favorite is anything hand-painted. I’ll even skip using a topcoat sometimes to keep the texture of the polish. But I’m also a fan of how soft matte nails can look!

ManiMe: Where do you typically find inspiration? 

Stefanie: I’m constantly inspired by other artists, fashion & textiles, package design, and even album covers. 

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

Stefanie: Using cuticle oil! It makes a world of difference to how healthy your nails feel and look.

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

Stefanie: The Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer!

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

Stefanie: When I think of picnics, I think of enjoying lemonade surrounded by fresh flowers. Lemons & sunflowers are some of my favorite summer nail art designs so it was just a perfect match!

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

Stefanie: I’m sitting under a willow tree with my boyfriend surrounded by beautiful flowers (and magically no bugs), enjoying sweet lemonade and fresh fruits. Possibly some sorbet too!

ManiMe: What are you looking forward to this summer? 

Stefanie: Being able to enjoy outdoor activities like a picnic, or going to the beach, or even hiking! 

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

Stefanie: Maintenance in between, and a quick-dry topcoat every other day if I want them to stay shiny and last long!

Rapid Fire with @polished_yogi

  • Bold or subtle? Subtle
  • Bright or neutral? Bright
  • Matte or glossy? Glossy
  • Favorite picnic item? To eat- fresh fruit. To wear- big wide brim hat.
  • Favorite part of summer? Swimming in the ocean