TikTok has given the platform for small artists to showcase their work to a global audience. For Cam, the fashion nail artist, this has allowed her to highlight some of her best work, including a Chanel-inspired nail ring and Studio Ghibli nail paintings. We were so impressed by her work that we reposted one of her TikToks in which she shows us how she creates jewellery by using poly gel.
Instantly, our community loved it. @rbm_needsacat said what we were all thinking by commenting “its a need”. While some were impressed, others took it to a whole new level, losing their minds over the jewellery, including @ming1030 who expressed “OMG IM OBSESSED”. We appreciate the top tier all-caps enthusiasm.
@kakasensei22 requested the “tutorial please!!” while @vivicoiba could not believe what they were seeing with their own eyes, “Wait! You’re telling me this is glue?” Cam explained that she uses poly gel with chrome to create her pieces. A few commenters raised their concerns about the skin’s reaction to the gel but not to worry, Cam only uses these pieces for small amounts of time on shoots.
When it comes to small designers who have to not only create and produce their designs on their own, but also shoot, market and sell all of it at the same time, not only does the workload get hefty but also costy. @ihatesmoothies pointed out that this is a “Great side gig for gel manicurists”. While we don’t think Cam will sell these any time soon as they are only used for shoots, it’s a great way for a nail artist to style their works without falling down a rabbit hole of expenses.
Another in which TikTok has aided emerging artists is simply by the sharing of information. As @mintblu42 points out “Bling out of a glue and metallic paint powder, so inventive!” A simple video like this one can inspire other artists, or just about anyone who’s feeling creative. Just remember if you’re going to recreate, don’t forget to give credit.
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