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  • 1. 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 Nailing it Time Out gets its nails did and talks nail-art, pastel colours, burlesque and bows with Miss Lauren LaRouge. By Jordan Kretchmer 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. www.nailedbylarouge.com. Tue-Sat 9am-5pm. Shopping Edited by Emma Joyce timeout.com/sydney/shopping Five to try Nail artists 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 super-cute designs 01 Cutiecoolz 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. www.cutiecoolz.com. 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 Leopard Lounge 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. www.facebook.com/Tiki-Nails-at- The-Leopard-Lounge. Thu 1-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm. 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. www.getnailedau.tumblr.com. 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. twinklenailseyelash.com. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm. ANNAKUCERA AroundTown

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