Meet Celebrity Manicurist & Nail Expert, Michelle Saunders Posted on 07 Jun 14:00 , 0 comments

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Known for her creative instinct, precise attention to detail, and love of color, it’s no surprise that this celebrity manicurist and all around nail expert, Michelle Saunders is a force to be reckoned with.

A native of San Francisco, Michelle began working as a manicurist at various Chanel boutiques in the city. It was there that she developed her gentle and thorough approach to manicuring. After a few years of refining her technique, Saunders finally decided that it was time to open her very own appointment-only nail salon. However, after a decade of success in San Francisco, Michelle relocated to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Saunders became an agency-represented manicurist, working with many entertainment and fashion industry clients. Today, many A-list celebrities like Kate Beckinsale, Taylor Schilling, Pink, and Mandy Moore seek after her. She’s also worked with high-end publications such as W Magazine, Elle, and Vogue and shoots frequently with world-renowned photographers like Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus, as well as Peter Lindbergh. As a nail expert, Michelle constantly contributes manicure and nail care advice to readers of InStyle, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. When she’s not manicuring a celebrity or model for a shoot, Saunders plays key manicurist during New York Fashion Week for shows like Prenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, DVF, and Carolina Herrera.

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One distinctive feature of Michelle’s nail work is its durability. She achieves this through precise preparation of the nail bed and the use of high quality products. A bicoastal artist, Michelle continues to explore and experiment to create visually rich, fashion-forward looks. Whether it’s a classic nude nail or some intricate design, Michelle can do it all!

Read on to find out how this super talented manicurist starts her morning and more now!

My style in 3 words...Eclectic mix of trend and classic

My nicknames are...I have none

My drugstore must-have is…Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Foundation

My last purchase was…Acetone

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are…Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Perfecting Gloss by Hydropeptide

My beauty secret is…Getting a full 8 hours of sleep a night

I smell like…Gardenia and Orange Blossom by Natalie

I keep in shape by…Pilates

My de-stress trick is…Watch TV

My secret talent is…Cooking

My first celebrity crush was…Rick Schroder

The music artist who always gets me dancing is…Michael Jackson

My fashion icon is…Diane Kruger

My guilty pleasure is…Chocolate

Right now, I’m obsessed with…Vitamin C cream

My favorite website is…Honestly WTF

My favorite TV show is…Face Off

When I have some free time, I…Travel

For breakfast, I always have…Eggs and a green drink

My favorite restaurant is…Republique in Los Angeles

My ultimate travel destination is…Kona, Hawaii

In my career, I am most proud of…Opening my nail salon

The best advice I’ve ever received is…You are never as good as someone says you are and you are never as bad as someone says you are.

As a manicurist, I’ve learned…Comparison is the thief of joy.

My goal in life is…See where my life moves forward as a manicurist.