Walking into a nail salon is pretty routine. Pick your color, chose your preferred nail shape, have chosen color painted, dry and you’re on your way.
However, walking into Vanity Projects guests can expect anything but ordinary when it comes to manicures. Its new location in the Miami Design District is the mecca in Miami for nail art. We don’t mean an occasional stripe or symbol painted on one fingernail (though, they can do that if that’s what you like). Vanity Project is known for their intricate artwork painted on ten tiny canvases; your fingernails.
From faux marble nails and banana leaves to complex geometric shapes and luxury designer inspired nails, (think Gucci, Prada, and more) Vanity Projects nail artists can create pretty much any design you want. Don’t expect to be in and out for your appointment; the artists are meticulous with their designs, but trust us, it’s worth the wait. “We offer the best international talent and only use Japanese gel. All our designs are hand painted,” says Vanity Projects Founder Rita Pinto.
Vanity Project got its start in New York and opened in Miami in 2015. It recently moved its original Miami location to the Design District. The decision to move to the District was an easy one for Pinto. “We are a block away from the new ICA museum, so it gives a cultural gravitas to the project as well as position within most of the worlds leading luxury fashion houses, this repositions Vanity Project in a luxury context which is better suited to us and our clients in Miami.”
The gel manicures can last upwards of a month if you’re mindful of your manicure (i.e. wear gloves when you wash dishes and apply moisturizing oils to your nail beds at night). Be sure to follow their Instagram, @VanityProjectsMia to view its weekly $40 design special.
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