Manicuring Instructor Spotlight: Tiffany Phelps

Manicuring Instructor Spotlight: Tiffany Phelps

Tiffany Phelps is a manicuring instructor at Aveda Institute Madison. Last year, she worked at our sister school in Milwaukee, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness. She joined our team in Madison at the beginning of 2019 to launch our manicuring program and to work here as an educator. Tiffany has 23 years of experience as a nail technician, and a passion for teaching. We asked Tiffany to tell us a little about herself and her favorite trends. Our interview has been edited lightly for clarity and flow.


Q: What’s your favorite part of being a nail technician?

My favorite part of being a nail technician is that it allows me to be artistic and creative in a fast-moving industry while allowing me to make people feel pampered, primped and put together.

Q: Why did you get into education?

I decided to get into teaching because I wanted to give back and make a difference. I wanted to share the knowledge and experience that I acquired over the years and be a part of the next generation of manicuring professionals.

Q: What is your favorite Aveda product?

I have many, but my number one is composition oil. Any aroma, really. I love the fact that it is so versatile.

Q: What are your favorite up-and-coming nail trends?

There are so many nail trends for spring and summer of 2019 that I love!  Here are my top three.

GLITTER CUTICLES – This trend is simple and cute! A little rose gold glitter just on the cuticle area. It’s a little sparkle without going overboard.

MINIMALIST NAILS – Minimalism is a trending everywhere. In nails, it means adding simple dots or a stripe to a nude nail. This effortless look gives style that’s simple and elegant.

COLORED FRENCH TIP – This trend puts a twist on the classic French tip by using a neon or vivid color instead of white.

Q: And lastly, what do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off, you can find me spending time with my family or friends and catching up.

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