Natalie Pavloski is a manicurist based in NYC, known for her unique and chic designs, while keeping it minimal at all costs.
See her words below:
1- Introduce yourself: talk about who you are and what you do!
My name is Natalie Pavloski. I'm from Melbourne, Australia and have been living in NYC for the past 9 years working as an editorial manicurist on set.
2-What made you start doing nail art specifically?
When I first moved here it had nothing to do with finding and building a career, I moved countries on a whim for love. I worked in community services/social work back in Melbourne but was unable to carry on working in that field here. There were restrictions on my visa and schooling. I had to figure something else out and quick as by then my short term visa was about to expire.
My love and interest in doing nails started out when I was about 16/17. I had no idea where that would take me, or about the work that existed in the realm of nails until moving to NYC. Once I figured out that this is what I wanted to do, I hit the ground running. I worked multiple jobs around the clock in retail and the service industry while assisting manicurists on set and going to nail school to get my license. I had to work hard to build up my portfolio in order to apply for an artist visa, which was an arduous process!
3-Were you always artistic? We assume you draw and paint too?
I have always been artistic, from when I was a kid. Always drawing and painting and I still do now. Nails were just one form of how I would express myself creatively and I feel blessed in that I was able to make a career out of something I am passionate about.
4-When did you know that working in this field was something for you ? Who/what inspired you to do so?
It was through meeting fellow manicurist and one of my closest friends, Alicia Torello, that I learnt about doing nails on set for photo and video. You don't really know what you're up against and what it's like until you are in it.
What appealed to me was the creative side of it and the ability to work in different places all the time. It certainly hasn't been easy, but I am thankful for friendships and relationships I've made along the way.
5-Tell us about the projects you’re most proud of and why.
I’m mostly proud of my Banksia heel. The material is completely new to the market and hasn’t been manipulated in this way before. It is a yellow flower native to Australia; it dries into a pinecone like nut and is then hand cut to reveal a unique pattern.
I’m proud that my factory and heel developer in Italy are the only manufacturers in the world that have learnt to handle and create this heel. It is one of the biggest challenges and accomplishments so far in my career.
Follow Natalie Pavloski @nataliepnails to get updated about future drops and collections.
All images were provide by Natalie.