Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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June 2014 Time Out Sydney 41
and practiced on myself.” Lauren’s
background in burlesque dancing
– she’s an MC and ukulele-player
over at Oxford Street’s Slide –
dovetailed neatly with her newfound
passion. “I used to add things to
my costumes, bling them up and
embellish them. I then took this to
my nails.” This soon enough spread
to the hands of friends and family,
before she made the big jump and
quit her ofﬁce job to pursue her
passion full time.
Rather than the production-line
set-up that many salons employ,
Lauren ensures her little corner at
Time Out gets its nails did and
talks nail-art, pastel colours,
burlesque and bows with Miss
Lauren LaRouge. By Jordan
Nail art has ﬂourished from a DIY
affair right into mainstream salons.
Miss Lauren LaRouge is one of
Sydney’s most in-demand nail
artists, dazzling the digits of
Sydneysiders looking to turn their
nail beds into miniature canvases.
“People think it’s this crazy,
over-the-top thing, but once people
try it – even starting with a feature
nail – they usually get hooked,” says
Miss LaRouge, while painting pastel
pink polka dots and leopard spots
on Time Out’s claws.
A trip to Japan originally piqued
Miss LaRouge’s interest in nail
artistry, and on her return home
she started using herself as a mani
mannequin. “I did a course in
Sydney, which was great for hygiene
and acrylics, but nail art is just one
small component, so I taught myself
Indulge Studios is one ﬁlled with
sass, colour and solid client banter.
“A beautician once told me that I
shouldn’t bother getting into nail art
and that the industry was dead, but
I want to put the love back into nails
and I believe there are people that
still want that. It brings me great
joy, and it also makes other people
happy – I love that.”
Nailed by LaRouge Indulge
Studios, 48 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts
Point 2011. 0400 758 525.
Edited by Emma Joyce
Five to try
You can get a mani-pedi in most
salons, but along with Nailed
by LaRouge, these ﬁve Sydney
salons are stepping things
up with intricate artistry,
personalised service and
Cleopatra Tucker’s mobile nail-art
salon has been drafted in for
events by the likes of Mink Pink,
Topshop and Ginger and Smart.
She’s also popped up at some of
our favourite shindigs, including
the East Is East and Lonely Hunter
Markets and Jurassic Lounge.
02 Miss Betty Rose
Miss Betty Rose has painted the
paws of Megan Gale and Delta
Goodrem and she was responsible
for nails at Duvenage’s and Leeroy
Nguyen’s Mercedes Benz Fashion
Week shows. Book well in
advance. Miss Frou Frou Beauty &
Nail Salon, 86 William St,
Paddington 2021. valonz.com.au.
03 Tiki Nails at the
Melissa’s vintage-inspired designs
ﬁt perfectly with the salon’s retro
ﬁtout. Think ﬁerce stiletto claws
and popping colours. The Leopard
Lounge, Cnr Brown & Wilson Sts,
Newtown 2042. 0408 293 224.
The-Leopard-Lounge. Thu 1-8pm;
04 Get Nailed
This appointment-only nail artist
operates out of her home studio
in Redfern. While she’s self
trained, all designs are original
and downright cute – bunnies,
rainbows and roses included.
05 Twinkle Nails and Eyelashes
This Strathﬁeld beauty salon
specialises in paws and peepers.
Their nail art is skewed bling –
think crystals, glitter and plenty
of shine – as the name implies.
34 The Boulevard, Strathﬁeld
2135. 02 9747 1733. www.
10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm.