Meet the professional: Katie Barnes

Award winning nail artist and trainer Katie Barnes has had a busy year.

We’re only four months into 2018 yet the successful Warwick based nail professional has already graced the cover of Scratch magazine and scooped the Professional Beauty nail professional of the year award. Before setting off to judge at Professional Beauty Ireland, just one of her panel appearances for this year, Katie took the time to chat to us about her exciting career and how her love of nails has escalated into the job of her dreams.

When asked what she loved the most about her job, Katie’s answer was simple. “Seeing people succeed is great. It’s rewarding to know you’ve contributed to them setting up their own business.”

As a business owner herself, Katie knows how difficult it can be starting out. “I was originally a beauty therapist before I started doing nails. I did my beauty NVQ at 19 and also attended some courses at the Ellisons Academy. But it was always nails that really excited me.”

Once qualified, Katie worked in a salon, spent some time as a brand educator and eventually decided to focus on training.

“Training is so rewarding and every day is different. The students all vary so much; I can teach everyone from 16 year olds eager to start out in the industry to those who want to learn a new skill and earn some extra money alongside their current job.”

Thanks to her expertise and industry recognition, training isn’t the only venture that Katie has embarked on during her ever-growing career. As well as judging on numerous panels, Katie has worked closely with the UK’s leading nail magazine Scratch, writing as a columnist and, more recently, writing content for their blog.

Katie also recently starred on the publication’s March 2018 cover. Not only was she the model but her hair, make-up and, of course, nails were all created by her, a real testament to her talent.

“It’s great being so involved in the industry and being able to take on other projects alongside my training.

“I’m always really happy to be considered for anything, whether it be an award or working with publications and brands.”

Although Katie’s career is one many can only dream of, it’s important to remember how incredibly hard she works. When asked what advice she’d give to those venturing into the competitive nail industry, flexibility was her key.

“It’s important to be willing to put the time in,” she said. “And, of course, training is essential too. You need to make sure you know about the latest trends and techniques.”

So, what’s next for Katie Barnes?

“No week is ever the same! But that’s one of the things I love about my job.”

Find out more about Katie and the training she offers over on her website and Instagram.

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