Since Marbles Valdez she was a child, she had a creative mind. Her dream was to become a fashion designer with her own brand streetwear, so she was so excited that in 2019 she began studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she specialized in fashion store management. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, she finally felt completely lost and guessed her decisions.
She is now a 20-year-old nail artist with nearly 12,000 Instagram fans working in her own studio on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, where she does manicures and sells cute accessories such as phone cases and keychains. In addition to having a huge clientele from New York, she also made Whitney Peak nails for HBO Max. Gossip restart and for Met Gala 2021, Yung Baby Tate for VMA 2021 and other TikTokers and influencers.
She grew up in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side as a first-generation Dominican and was immersed in a world of beauty because her mother worked in a salon. So when she found out in 2020 that she had a lot of free time and at the same time isolated herself, she found solace in creative projects – including the production of push nails, drawing and the production of bead accessories. She soon learned to make acrylic nails and practiced with friends, posting her manicure on Instagram’s public spam account. It exploded unsurprisingly.
When you visit her Instagram @ibedoingnails, you will see that her account name is “XTRA NAILS FOR XTRA PPL” and, boy, she will live up to that title. He is an expert self-taught in all kinds of nail art, including cartoon characters, gems, magic nail polish gel and acrylic extensions. Although the most popular designs she is currently asking for have various textures, such as raindrops, flowering gel patterns, airbrush designs, animal prints, and mix-and-match designs, her inspiration initially came from Japanese cultures (such as kawaii-inspired designs and Harajuku).
“I love seeing how many details I squeeze on a small area; [it’s] really fun and challenging, ”says Valdez Lure. Her favorite designs are “super-extra” kawaii 3D charms and stones, but she is so talented that clients sometimes ask her for freestyle, in which case she uses the new techniques she wanted to try. Most of her sets last two to three hours.
Valdez fell in love with meeting new people and helping them direct their self-expression through nail art. “I love providing a fun service that helps people ‘connect the outside with the inside,'” he says. “I’m helping feed their inner child.” I mean, take a look at her Instagram and see how many nostalgic nail designs are trendy right now – 90’s designs, Vivienne Westwood brand charms and chrome sets, to name a few.