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by on September 23, 2011

Nail artist Danny Velez told the five celebrities he would most like to work with and what he would do to their nails – we’re talking hot pink for, of course Nicki Minaj,with a diamond overlay; a three-dimensional design for Gaga and that’s just the (French) tip of it.

1. Nicki Minaj

She is a trendsetter breaking all of the rules. When I think of her I instantly think bright colors. Funny that her website is called “”. Bright, hot pink instantly comes to mind when I think of her! “All About Town” by Color Club would look great on a Stiletto long nail with a design or diamond overlay. Nicki can pull off a bold, fun, spunky nail.

2. Lady Gaga

Gaga has married fashion and music and taken it to another level. She is dark and edgy so I would go with a long Stiletto nail coated in Essie’s “Licorice” and then add a three dimensional design to it that I would create to match her outfit. She always works with a top notch fashion team, so I would definitely feed off of what amazing look they put together for her.

3. Rihanna

This girl is always changing her style. To match her current striking signature red hair I would do a permanent French with Red Glitter. The Rainbow Collection of Young Nails has a perfect red “Surprise” with glitter that would accentuate her red hair. Fun and sassy!

4. Ke$ha

She has a very unique, dark yet funky side. I would love to do Aquarium nails on her. This is a very complicated process to encase liquid inside the nail, but it’s super cool. Young Nails provides the proper acrylics to pull this off. Whether she’s wearing jeans or one of her avant-garde type performance pieces she could pull it off.

5. Katy Perry

Katy’s style changes often. She can be everything from lady-like to futuristic and over the top. Always up for the creative I’d love to use silvers, blues, chromes or metallic colors on her. Essie’s “Fair Game” or Sinful Colors “Secret Admirer” would be fun and edgy. To create the futuristic feeling I would add wire on top of the nail or through it giving a robot effect.



Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail

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