Your real name and Instagram handle:
Melissa Collado / @melcisme
Where are you from?
Staten Island, New York
What got you into doing nails?
I always loved getting a mani/pedi done at the salons but the polish on my nails would chip so quickly. I felt like I was just throwing money away so I stopped going to the salon for manicures and started buying nail polish instead. After I accumulated a few bottles of polish, I started to play around with designs but it wasn’t as easy as I thought so I headed to YouTube & came across hundreds of nail art tutorials to help get me started. It was more frustrating at first but now I find it so relaxing.
Your favorite kind of nail art design to do?
Tape designs. I LOVE striping tape. Many find it tedious to work with but I enjoy every moment of it. I could never freehand such perfect, straight lines. Striping tape is my BFF.
A nail polish shade you couldn’t live without?
I am a sucker for a good, dense gold glitter like my all-time favorite from China Glaze “I’m Not Lion” which sadly was discontinued BUT thankfully, Heroines “Gold Digger” is the perfect dupe.
Other nail artist(s) you admire?
@ninanailedit @justagirlandhernails @kt_tk1 @riyathai87
One of your all-time favorite manicures you have ever done?
The “X” tape design.
Which polish do you get the most compliments on when you wear it?
Usually bright neon’s like Color Club’s “East Austin” and China Glaze “Neon & On & On”.
What do you like to do besides nail art?
I love to cook, I started watching cooking shows when I was 11 and by the age of 13, I was cooking up meals for my whole family.
Tell us about your pet(s)!
I have an 11 year old Jack Russell Terrier that thankfully still thinks and acts like a puppy. I had him since he was 2 months old. He enjoys kisses from mommy and daddy, his daily tricks for treats routine and long walks on the beach during the summer. I am thankful that he is still very hyper and active and fit for his age. I just love him so much.
Favorite Social Platform?
Instagram (not really my favorite anymore but it is my only social media account)