Friday, October 30, 2015

First Look Fridays Interview Series: Celebrity Manicurist Jolene Brodeur

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Doing nails for everyone from Sharon Osbourne and Vanessa Williams to America Ferrera and Dakota Johnson means that celebrity manicurist Jolene Brodeur certainly knows how to keep busy. Read on to discover how she got her start as a manicurist, which nail polish brand she can't live without and so much more.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I was born in California. I’ve been married for 20 years and I have four boys. We like to spend time together hiking, walking and exploring. A lot of our time is spent at the boys' sporting events and games.

How did you first become interested in nails, and what led you to become a manicurist?
I first became interested in nails when I was a little girl. I used to take my mother's liquid black eyeliner and make designs on my girlfriends’ nails. I set up a salon on my fireplace and they would come over. We would play for hours or as long as they would let me.

Later I attended beauty college at Citrus, where I got my manicurist license and then went on to get my cosmetology license. I worked at several salons before I landed at Creative Nail Design as an educational ambassador. I was there for over 13 years refining my skills and then joined their RED Team. This was my introduction into the world I currently live in. I love working on set and contributing my art to a creative work.

What are your favorite nail polish brands?
Essie. They are the color authority. They have so many colors that I am never at a loss when working on a project. Currently I work for Essie as an educator.

CND, Chanel, Tom Ford, Londontown and Azature. All are high-end, professional products that have trademarks which can be recognized the second you see them.

What are your top 3 nail tips?
1) Always apply a clear top coat.

2) Always have a tube of nail glue with you. It fixes almost everything.

3) Always have a detailing brush and black polish in your kit. They can save you if you have to improvise a quick design on the spot.

What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
The most rewarding part of what I do is being with other up and coming artists. I love being part of the creative process and of course I love the instant gratification of a job well done.

Being a manicurist must be fun, but what do you do in your spare time?
When I’m not on set, I love spending time with my family just as much as I love what I do. So it's a hard balance for me.

How can The Beauty of Life readers find you on social media?
You can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Very interesting to find out about Jolene and how she launched her exciting career. Glad to hear she likes essie. I'm testing out their gel topcoat now

  2. I love learning about people in the industry in such an informal yet informative method.

  3. The tip about the black polish and brush is brilliant. I always have mani disasters while travelling.

  4. What a wonderful, and informative, interview!

  5. What a great interview! I completely agree about the nail glue!

  6. It is always a great things when I hear a manicurist loves a brand of nail polish that you can find readily available at most stores. Love that.

  7. Such an interesting job! Love this interview.

  8. That's a pretty cool job, I must say.

  9. Sounds like such a fun job! I'd love to work on Sharon Osbourne...oh, the stories she could tell :)