Celebrity Manicurist Tracey Sutter Talks Nails And Tyra

 
 

Have you ever had a horrible habit that you wanted to rid yourself of like, say, nail-biting? Celebrity Manicurist Tracey Sutter had just that very bad habit and found a cure for herself – getting acrylics on her nails. It was at that moment that her ingenuity and curiosity got the best of her as she taught herself to do nails. She built up a home-based clientele, got her certification from the West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills, CA, and would go on to build a celebrity client base in both TV and Film. Having worked with clients such as Hilary Swank, Jennifer Garner and Naomi Watts, there’s never a dull moment for Tracey. Find out how she made it in the beauty business without a mentor, one of her most memorable nail art moments was and what her picks are for spring colors.

  Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

  Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

How did you find yourself in the world of nail art? 
As far as nail art, I have always done it.  I started on my own and it quickly turned into a profession.  I have a client that I have been doing nail art on for 16 years!

What was your first job?
My first job was the cover of Marie Claire with Halle Berry.

Did you have a mentor when you started in the business?
No, I didn’t have a mentor.  I was self-taught then I went to school to get my license.  I’ve always had celebrity clients, even when I first started in the salon (it is LA, after all!) but once I had an agent my career took off working with celebrities almost exclusively from then until now.  

Can you describe the most outrageous nails/art you had to create and who was the client?
This question makes me laugh remembering the really outrageous nails I did on Tyra Banks for America’s Next Top Model magazine a few seasons back. They were yellow feathers and they used a fan so in the photo the only thing moving were the feathers. It was so oddly creative and I'm so happy I did it. I do like to push the envelope. 

 
  Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

Photography by instagram.com/tlsutter

 

What is the hottest nail trend for spring?
It's looking like pastels are springing in for 2015, once again. I see beautiful nail art, pastel French tips, and pastel abstract nail art as trends this season. Creative but minimal is the vibe. BUT I say do what you feel. Be your own trend! 

Tracey is repped globally by Cloutier Remix Agency