THIS Is the Top Coat One Nail Artist Swears by to Protect Her Intricate Designs

Nail designs are an art of their own. And if anyone knows this, it's nail artist Nicoya Grobman.

Hailing from Santa Cruz Mountains, California, Nicoya has painted her nails a handful of intricate designs. Name a design, it's definitely been freehanded by Nicoya onto her nails.

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We caught up with the artist to learn how long it takes for her to create these designs, what she loves most about nail art and the top coat she swears by.

Keep scrolling to see more of her dazzling designs and get to know her a bit better!

Sweety High: How did you get into nail art? Was this always something you wanted to do?

Nicoya Grobman: I first got into nail art when I stumbled upon a DIY candy corn nail design in 2012. After the success of those, I couldn't wait to try more candy for Christmas. The rest is history! Before then, I always made sure to paint my nails every couple weeks, I had no idea that nail art, as I know it today, even existed.

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SH: What do you love most about creating this intricate art on your nails?

NG: My favorite part about nail art is wearing something new and unique on my nails, and to say that I created them myself is pretty rewarding, too. They are pretty much the main focus of my appearance and shape the rest of my style.

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SH: What's the most difficult design you've created so far?

NG: Hard to say, the more I improve, the harder the designs become. But I find more difficulty in faces and animals. Intricate landscapes can be pretty hard, too, because of the time and layers it takes.

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SH: Do you have a favorite design you've done?

NG: Too many favorites! I don't even think I could narrow it down to one favorite from 2017. Usually ones that are extra unique or are something that I came up with on my own tend to stand out as favorites. My Medieval armor nails from January 2016 is one of those.

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SH: How long does it usually take for you to complete your nail art?

NG: I tend to prep, polish, paint and take pictures of my nails in one day. That includes both my hands, with different designs. I take breaks in between, so anywhere between two to four hours.

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SH: How do you come up with your designs? What's your main source of inspiration?

NG: I get a lot of inspiration from nature, fabrics and ideas that come to mind when searching Google, and, of course, fellow nail artists and artists whom I follow on Instagram.

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SH: Can anyone recreate the nail art you do, or is as difficult as it seems?

NG: People recreate my designs from time to time. They actually aren't as difficult as they look, or so that's my experience after I paint something that I expected to give me a hard time.

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SH: Which brand of nail polish do you use most often? Do you have a favorite brand or even color?

NG: Believe it or not, I am not a nail polish addict or hoarder. I mean, I have my fair share of nail polish, but I am not concerned with collecting the latest and newest brands. I buy most of my polish from the Rite Aid down the street. I do have a fair collection of Essie, and consider them one of my favorites. Also, Seche Vite, the only top coat I've used. Their top coat paint thinner and refill bottle is something I couldn't live without.

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SH: Are there any designs you have coming up that you can share with us?

NG: I have a folder dedicated to "future nail art ideas." The ones I'm most excited about are some desert and western themes. Look out for those around summer!

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