MICHELLE GILL is a 23 year old self-taught nail artist. Her signature nail style is bright, which is why Michelle loves using neon colours, animal prints, gold chains, and jewels. Therefore, it is no surprise that Michelle calls her nail service Candy Paint! This is one girl who doesn’t shy away from colour (and we love that!). You can catch Michelle at Queens, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11am to 7pm. Meet Michelle.
What are you wearing… Men’s Air Jordan tee (I cropped it), AE boyfriend jeans and my favourite Nikes that I picked up in New Orleans.
My personal style is… Casual and relaxed. I tend to gravitate towards bold colourful prints. I love incorporating cultural elements, Indian jewellery, ethnic prints and lots of gold.
Most recent purchase… A Melody Ehsani ‘Armor-Dillo’ ring from Queens.
Top 3 favourite songs at the moment… I listen to a lot of older music. My songs of the moment vary with my mood. Currently, I like: The Isley Brothers and Mos Def – Beauty In the Dark, Dwele – A Few Reasons (Truth, Pt.2), and Vybz Kartel – Yuh Love
I feel most comfortable in…Undies and a tank.
Beauty routine… I keep it simple. I wash my face twice daily and use an oil-free spf moisturizer. I always sleep with Vaseline under my eyes. No wrinkles, my mama taught me that.
Favourite accessory… My gold nameplate necklace, A gift from my sister.
Summer essentials… Neon nail polish, coconut oil (for my hair), Ray Bans Wayfarers, low top Converse and Burt’s Bees chapstick.
3 items to save from a fire… My baby album, my jewelry box and a bottle of vino.
One thing every girl should have… A full-length mirror.
Guilty pleasure… Midnight cheese toast.
Favourite local hot spots… To eat, Calabash in Gastown. Good food and good vibes. To party, the backroom of Shine on a Saturday. Good music
Most prized possession… A Bob Marley tee I bought when I was 16 in Thailand. It seems to be a conversation starter in any country I travel to.
Photo by Patrick Leung