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Vanity Projects

Health and beauty, Beauty salons Lower East Side
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Vanity Projects
Vanity Projects
Art curator and licensed nail technician Rita de Alencar Pinto spent years doing intricate nail art at events such as Brooklyn Museum’s Artists Ball 2013 and during a residency at MoMA PS1. She opens her first salon in a gallery-like space, featuring four manicure stations, two pedicure chairs and video-art installations projected on the walls. Grab a pair of wireless headphones for listening to the videos and sit back to enjoy a manicure ($30–$40), pedicure ($40–$80) or nail art ($30 and up). There are currently four artists on staff: Raquel Nevarez, who can illustrate anything from sight; Mr. Luis, whose speciality is pointed talons ($100–$150); Miku Tsutaya, who creates super-long, Harajuku looks ($100–$150); and Jane Weiner, whose hand-painted designs of Daria and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree have earned her the No. 12 spot in the country by Nails Magazine. Pinto plans on bringing in more artists from around the world, such as Mad Nails from Florida, Spifster from Chicago, Hana 4 from Tokyo and Britney Tokyo from Los Angeles.


Venue name: Vanity Projects
Address: 99 Chrystie St
New York

Cross street: between Grand and Hester Sts, second floor
Opening hours: Daily noon–8pm
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St (Chrystie St)
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First of all, I made the instagram page! Second of all I will be coming back here over and over again (once I save up my pennies) because this place is NOT cheap; however, it's totally worth it. They can do any kind of decoration you want, the technicians can do almost any design you want and if you need inspiration just check out their instagram, its full of amazing designs. I would suggest booking an appointment ahead of time online because I think they get pretty busy. I did the $40 gel special and it lasted for 30 whole days, mostly because of the clear color they used, it grew out quite nicely. The gel was gently on my nails, didn't make them weak and turned out amazing.