Manicures are now more fun than ever, and Patty Cakes of Cake Nail$ wants everything to do with it. Rocking a chest piece tattoo, nerdy oversized frames, cat liner, and dyed bangs, Cakes puts her art background onto print and pattern hungry fingernail canvases. Known to her clients as a mother and craft master, Cakes stirs up her mobile nail business throughout LA. She started designing nails in 2008 and recently expanded her business to providing manicure services at fashion events in her city. Her technique includes use of a 10/0 art brush, dotting tools, toothpicks, OPI lacquers, and craft paint for better control and flexibility over the nails.

According to CND Grand Master Educator and ONYX Beauty Systems Laura Merzetti, craft/acrylic paints are safe and easy to use for quicker drying and less smudging - as long as applied thinly.

“When I use nail polish it dries up and it clumps really fast but with craft paint I can work with it longer,” says Cakes.

In a research by Scratch, trending OPI lacquers for summer 2012 are copper colours, rich indigos and clay shades including ‘Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?’, ‘Gouda Gouda Two Shoes’, and ‘Did You ‘ear About Van Gogh?’

Cakes Nails$ specializes in a variety of tribal pieces as well as pop art themes including Andy Warhol, Beavis and Butthead, and Hip-Hop counterparts ranging from $25-$35. Cakes has since attracted the attention of MTV Style and even gained demand from women’s streetwear Dimepiece Designs, Kelly Love of Dripped Fashion Soiree and Trunk Show, and rapper/dancer Rye Rye, all due to her natural knack in design, knowing what each client wants.

“The start [of working with Dimepiece Designs] was really cool,” says Cakes. “I was actually really surprised. Ashley Jones [Co-founder] turned into me their press packet and from there I got all the inspiration and just transferred all of their designs onto the menu, the nail board.”

In January 2012, Cakes had recreated the Dimepiece S/S 2012 collection ‘The Drug and The Dream’, incorporating sunset ambiance, lipstick, and pills. A rather fascinating preview of the brands lookbook before it was released to the public at the beginning of this month.

Earlier, at the end of summer in 2011, Cakes set aside her shy qualities and referenced herself to rapper Rye Rye via Facebook, sending a nail design she thought she might have liked.

“After that she was like ‘where were you last week when I did my video shoot, I need these nails in my life’ and I was like oh my god! A few weeks later she texted me if I could do her nails for her Jay Leno appearance. It was a very fun experience. She’s really down to earth,” says Cakes.

Today, Cakes preps herself early morning for her next appointment with Rye Rye in the afternoon. The rapper/dancer turning actress has a red carpet event for the action comedy ’21 Jump Street’ which she and singer Esthero made the theme song for.
“She’s going to be in the new ’21 Jump Street’ movie, that’s what I’m doing nails for today!” says Cakes.

Outside of her experiences with branding Cake Nail$ online and getting her name out by word of mouth, Cakes gives a great amount of her careers success to her services at events.

“I think without my events I would just be sitting at home trying to get clients to come to me which is really hard,” says Cakes. “But when you’re out there people get to see you and get to know your personality instead of just looking at pictures online and coming in. It’s kind of scary. You don’t know what you’re going to get when you meet people online so events I feel definitely help with my branding and everything.”

But even with her confidence in her nail art performance at events, Cakes still has yet to answer what she would say has been her most game changing take on the nail industry. Instead she finds pleasure exploring what other nail artists are doing to add refreshment and inspiration to her own craft.

“I always watch what Nail Porn is putting out,” says Cakes. “It’s so dope! I have kids so I never really get a chance to be online too much so it’s really helpful to me to see what’s new.”

Some of Cakes web surfing has led her to seeing lots of crazy takes on nail art, the most alluring to her taste being 3-D.

“I’ve seen some crazy 3-D shit! I don’t really do too much, I just stick to art but it’s kind of like wow!” says Cakes.

Just as Cakes has dabbled in 3-D, she has also dipped into past entrepreneur ventures designing tees back in 2005. “Cakes” was her 6 piece collection that she promoted through events in LA with the help of her Myspace friend turned real friend Kelly Love. But “Cakes” faded away, and Cakes Nail$ was born as soon as she decided nail art had to be a major part of her life.

“When she [Kelly Love] started up again with Dripped she asked for my help. I told her I didn’t really have anything to offer with clothing but I’m doing nails and she said it would be cool. That’s where I got started, because she asked me to come to her events,” says Cakes.

“Patty is distant for great success as an artist, as a mother and as a business woman,” says Kelly Love. “I have been privileged enough to have seen Patty’s work from the very beginning and it keeps progressing and that’s why I go back for more. Every time I see new work I get very excited.”

Sidenote: When Patty Cakes spoke with me over the phone she misheard one of my questions. Phone reception will do that to ya! So to answer what has been her most game changing contribution to nails she says it was her A Tribe Called Quest nail tribute that she did after watching Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest. Herwork ended up  caughting the attention of director Micheal Rapaport and he actually made it his default on Facebook, “I was and still am on cloud 9 about that,” says Cakes. 

Preventing Makeup Mishaps: Tips for Putting Your Best Face Forward

Written by  Isis Nicole

Makeup is often a decision between enhancing beauty and or covering flaws. And no matter the choice, you always want to look good, not cheap. Here are some tips that will help you look your best.

So often many women have a hard time applying a natural foundation, which causes the makeup to look overdone and tacky. It’s best to apply a foundation that blends with your skin to compliment the face rather than add a darker shade that does not match.

Also, when wearing eye shadow, be gentle with the amount of colors used. Unless you are an expert with experiments, stick to a minimum of three shades that enhance your eyes. Popular trends among women include earth tones such as browns, golds, grays and dark greens. This does not necessarily mean that you cannot try out bright colors like purple, blue and orange, but it also does not mean to be garish and look like you’re about to perform in a day long circus.

Be sure to apply what’s flattering to your face. If you choose to go with a brighter color lipstick, make sure your eyes are soft to avoid unbalance. According to makeup specialist Lady Art Looks, you want to play up one or the other. When going with nude lips, a good choice will be to makeup the eyes. Go for darker liners like black and apply it with lighter shimmering shadows.

Have a minimum of three coats of mascara on top and/or bottom lashes, and if you’re considering adding on false lashes, please, please, please put them on right! No one wants to see the glue or the outline of the fake sitting on top of your eyelids. There is a full set of false lashes that will create more volume or you can purchase a small individual set of lashes to add thickness. Before you begin to apply your eyelashes, make sure your eyes are clean of any makeup. Curl your natural lashes with an eyelash curler then apply a liner (preferably liquid) to your eyes to conceal the roots of your eyelash.

For individual lashes, place a small amount of eyelash glue onto a surface and allow it to dry until it becomes tacky. With tweezers, pick up your eyelashes and dip the root into the adhesive. With your fingers, apply the lashes onto the lid as close to the roots as possible starting from the outer corner of the eye. For a full set, all that is needed is a thin strip of glue along the base of the false lashes, and again, wait for the glue to dry a bit. When you put on individual lashes, you want to start at the outer corner of the eyes, and with your tweezers, wedge the glued false eyelash into your natural lashes. A trick is to stay as close to the root of your real lashes as possible and to leave a natural space between the lashes, and you’re now ready to go out and be gorgeous!

Makeup is not a question of wearing less or more, it’s a question about what’s appropriate for the occasion, as well as for your face. You can play it safe or go bold, just keep away from slapdash makeup mishaps.