Danielle Costantino - OPI Next Top Nail Artist - NAILS MagazineOPI Next Top Nail Artist – NAILS Magazine

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Full Name: Danielle Costantino
Hometown: Lincoln, R.I.
Salon: The Glam Shoppe
Preferred Nail Art Medium: gels
Favorite Nail Trend: glitter and unconventional nail shapes

Danielle is one of those lucky people who get to call her passion her work. She has been doing nails since 2011. Outside of work, she is a mother to a 9-year-old named Carter. He is her heart and motivation to keep reaching and building something great. She is also the owner of two businesses, The Glam Shoppe and Theglamshoppe.net. She competed in season two of NTNA which helped spark her confidence in the nail industry. Danielle has received awards for her social media platforms in 2017 and 2018. She has been missing the competitive nature of NTNA and is thrilled to have been chosen to compete in the first ever NTNA All Stars.

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Challenge 2

Where in the World?

There was so many locations to choose from. I thought to do DC and maybe throw a little Scandal reference in the mix. But then I dug back to 2007, and found the Australian Collection. It’s a mix of bright, deep, and earthy reds and browns. Looking at the color palette, something clicked in my brain, it brought me to the hundreds of brush fries that are  currently devastating their continent.

Australia is famous for its amazing and unique wildlife and natural wonders. It has a growing list of endangered species and endangered plant life. Much of its native marine life can only be in Australia’s waters. Australia is home to The Great Barrier Reef, which is home to well over 3000 animal and fish species and over 1500 plant types. Australia is also home to many marsupials, like kangaroos, wombats, and wallabies. Koalas are also native to Australia. Just from brush fires this year, half of Australia’s koala population is thought to have perished. It’s believed that over 1 Billion animals have died so far. I watched way too many awful videos while doing research. There are  thousands of injured and severely burned marsupials that are suffering and need long term care.  Koalas and kangaroos are the endangered, but now with the fires, it may take generations to get the numbers back.

I included a few different ecosystems in my project. I have created a Eucalyptus Forest, which is a koala’s favorite meal. I also have kangaroos which are an iconic Australian species. I also wanted to show the underwater life, so I have an endangered Bull Stingray and a coral reef. I also sculpted the continent of Australia, and all of the red gems are currently active bush fires!  The Flora and Fauna definitely will take a long time, if at all, to repopulate. If you are interested in learning more about the animals that need love, check the link section under my YouTube video.

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Challenge 1

Name of the Game

I was assigned Malaga Wine, the classic and deep red color from OPI. When I began doing some research into Malaga, learning more about the history, as well as the culture, and it was truly captivating. I am a history enthusiast, so finding out that one of my favorite artists (Picasso) was born in Malaga, I felt like it was meant to be. After brainstorming for a bit, and  watching some tourism videos as well, I realized what a beautiful, ancient, and artistic place Malaga is. I also learned more about the beginning of the wine trade dating back to 3000 BC. Malaga was one of the first places to export wine as well as grapes as table fruit. In my video I will explain in more detail why I chose to do this design.

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