Meet A Heroine: Claire from @clairestelle8


Your real name and Instagram handle:
Claire / @clairestelle8


Where are you from?
I live in Devon in England, near the sea which is my favourite place to be!


What got you into doing nails?
I suffer quite a bit with anxiety and one time was having a particularly hard day when I saw someone selling and demonstrating nail polish on QVC (a TV shopping channel) and for maybe 10 minutes I forgot myself as I was transfixed by the pretty colours! I'm like a magpie distracted by sparkly things! But I think in that moment I realised that here was a thing that could distract me from worrying and I bought 1 or 2 polishes....and oh dear now I have 4 helmers that was an expensive 10 minutes...


Your favorite kind of nail art design to do?
I adore gradients. Honestly I feel underdressed if I'm only wearing one polish at a time on my nails!


A nail polish shade you couldn’t live without?
There's not one shade I couldn't live without but I don't think it would be a huge surprise to hear that I couldn't live without neons. Nothing cheers me as much as blindingly garish hot pinks and lime greens! Chocolate and Tom Hardy come a close second though...


Other nail artist(s) you admire?
Honestly there are too many to mention. I'm inspired on a daily basis and would hate to pick out one name at the expense of another.


One of your all-time favorite manicures you have ever done?

Ooh it's as though you've asked me to pick a favourite child! I couldn't, for risk of upsetting the others lol so I'll choose a few I created with Heroine NYC polishes. There may be gradients involved....


Which polish do you get the most compliments on when you wear it?
Holos. Nuggles (nail polish muggles) are always amazed by the magic of holographic polishes! They often think I created the magic myself. I don't always tell them the truth...


What do you like to do besides nail art?
I'm a bit of a gym bunny. I write and would love to be the next JK Rowling. I'm learning Russian. Slowly. And I like to stalk Tom Hardy when I get the chance. Is that a hobby?


What is your biggest nail pet peeve?
That in my head I'm a freehand genius but in reality I struggle with a straight line!


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Your other social handles:

I don't have any others I don't think. I join things and forget the password so Instagram is stuck with me for the time being.

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