Meet Oksana Zavora, the Rosalía-Approved Ukrainian Manicurist Who Is Putting Her Patriotism in Her Polish

Nail Files is a series in which Vogue asks creators and enthusiasts to muse on their love of the manicure, from favorite designs to must-follow artists and salons. When Russia began its bombardment of Ukraine’s main airport in Kiev on February 24th, Oksana Zavora’s parents were some of the first people who knew that the … Read more

Nail Files: Tokyo Manicurist Nagisa Kaneko Wants You to Keep Your Nails Short (And Wear Sunscreen)

With her encyclopedic knowledge of the runways, Nagisa Kaneko has become the go-to nail artist for Tokyo’s fashion crowd. “I always check out Dries Van Noten and Jil Sander every season. I love their playful use of color,” says Kaneko, who founded Disco, her buzzy nail salon in Shibuya, thirteen years ago at the height … Read more

Nail Files: For Shanghai-Based Manicurist Beata Xu, Nail Art Doesn’t Need to Be Loud to Be Impactful

When Beata Xu made the decision to move to Beijing after graduating in 2016, leaving her hometown of Jiangsu, just north of Shanghai, her motivation was simple: she wanted to try her hand at beauty artistry in the hub of traditional Chinese culture. Xu became a skilled makeup artist, but nails provided a better venue … Read more

How London-Based Manicurist Michelle Humphrey’s ‘No Rules’ Approach Became Adele Approved

Nail Files is a series in which Vogue asks creators and enthusiasts to muse on their love of the manicure, from favorite designs to must-follow artists and salons. Born and raised in West Sussex, England, Michelle Humphrey was on track for a fine-art degree when she abruptly swapped polish for paint. “I’ve always been really … Read more

Nail Files: Juan Alvear on Why “Cutesy Toes” and “Spiky Nails” Do, In Fact, Go Together

Go-to shape? A short, square nail. It’s easier to keep press-ons on a short nail! I can only go a few days with longer extensions before I switch them, they’re more for an event. Bare nails or extensions? Lately, I’ve been doing more natural versus extensions because when I’m working on my client’s nails, mine … Read more