Saturday, April 30, 2011

Maki Mania

Living outside of Manhattan has its perks - space, space and more space. Plus the food! And the shopping! Well, we can add amazing manicures to the list too. 









What’s that going on in the front windows of Shen Beauty on Court Street in Cobble Hill? Performance art? An Installation? No, it’s just Maki Sakamoto—the manicurist legendary in fashion circles for her knows-no-boundaries freehand nail art—giving one of her awe-inspiring manicures. Since returning from a trip home to Osaka this spring, Maki decamped from her post at NoLita’s Valley nail salon to her new perch—literally, on a podium in the window on weekends—at Shen.

Working by special appointment, Maki is up to her old tricks (rhinestones, glitter tips, custom-mixed glitters and shades), but she has added quite a few new ones, too. Current favorites include 3-D stars, assorted paillettes, bits of lace, and a new tie-dye nail she’s been experimenting with. But what Maki really loves is a challenge: Would you like nails to match your exploding comic–print Miu Miu top or floral Stella trench? What about Prada stripes or a mini rendition of a painting you saw at the New Museum’s Condo show? Maki’s game for anything. She’s especially into Union Jacks in different colors, like grey and black. It’s a taste unrelated to the upcoming royal nuptials. “It’s cool I think,” she says. “I just like it.”
Written by: Stephanie LaCava

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