By now, you probably know that black nail art has been a thing for a while now, but you probably don’t know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.
The answer, unfortunately, is a lot of the time you’re going to end up doing a lot more than you thought.
We’ll be doing a whole series of posts on nail art tutorials and tips to get your black nails done on a daily basis.
But first, let’s start with what you should really know about black nail artists: black nailists have a lot to teach you about black beauty.
They’re very good at nail art.
Black nail artists have mastered nail art for decades.
Even if you’re not a black nail artist, you’ve probably heard the story of how a black person painted a white woman’s nails on her face.
The nail artist went to work and the white woman looked fabulous.
But when she looked back at her nails, they looked terrible.
She decided that she needed to get rid of her white nails and start over with black.
Black artist-turned-blogger Jennifer Whelan started painting black nails when she was 16.
“I’d just started painting my nails when I was 18,” she told the New York Times in 2007.
“It was all very new, I didn’t know anything about nails or how to paint nails.”
She soon discovered black nail painting was actually really fun.
“My parents are both artists, and we both loved to paint,” she says.
“We always had this really fun time.
When I started, my mom was always painting my mom’s nails.”
After working as a nail artist for six years, Jennifer decided to start her own studio and began making nail art with her boyfriend, Matthew Czarny, in 2010.
Her black nail designs, which she calls “facial tattoos,” are a huge hit with black consumers, and she’s gotten over 150,000 Facebook likes in the past three years.
She also has a YouTube channel that showcases her black nail work and has a blackface book that she writes about.
But there’s something else going on in Jennifer’s life that makes her nail art even more popular.
She was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma and is currently fighting for her life.
Jennifer says her condition makes it hard to do anything else for herself.
“That’s been a huge part of why I started doing nail art because I can’t do anything for myself,” she tells National Review.
“There’s nothing I can do, and I don’t have any other options.
I can never do anything that’s not in my mind.”
That’s where black nail arts come in.
They allow her to do things that she wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
“When I paint black, it feels like I can go from a state of paralysis to an entirely new experience, which I think makes me feel more alive,” Jennifer says.
But she also says that it’s important to remember that black people can do whatever they want, including black nailart.
“The best thing is that people are always telling me that I can nail black,” she explains.
“But I can also do anything.
It’s up to me.”
They don’t sell their work online.
In addition to their black nail paintings, black nail practitioners have a big following on Facebook.
When Jennifer started, she says she had no idea there were so many people interested in black nail design.
Now she has over 2 million likes on her Facebook page and is getting over 100,000 followers a day.
“People ask me if I’m making a profit or if it’s worth it, because I’ve had such a positive response,” she said.
“They ask me about all the tips I’ve been given and I tell them that I am the best, that I’m the only one doing black nail and that I don [sic] need anyone to buy my work.”
Black nail art also doesn’t sell at nail salons, nail shops, or online, but Jennifer does have an affiliate program with local nail salon where they charge $25 for two weeks of nail art lessons.
She’s also working with other black nail painters who have the same goals as Jennifer: to help people make money and make their nails look better.
They’ve got tons of experience.
The best black nail tattoo artists in the country are all graduates of the University of Maryland’s College of Art and Design.
Jennifer W, who studied painting at the school for a decade, says that even though she doesn’t work as a full-time nail artist now, she’s been doing nail painting for a couple of years now.
“If I could do it again, I’d do it all over again,” she admits.
“Because there’s just so much to learn.
I learned so much about what it’s like to be a black woman in America when I started out.”
For example, she recalls that her