How did you get your name and where are you from?
I’m from Brooklyn. I use to forget people’s names so I’d call everyone Honey and they’d say the same back. Honey just stuck as my name!
Your work has been seen in the biggest publications and working with A celebrities, how did you get started in fashion?
I was working in alphabet city and my boss was a good friend of Steven Klein. He asked if I wanted to work on a shoot and I had no clue who anyone was or anything about fashion.
What was your first day like on set?
I’m not a star struck person so it was a normal working day. I wasn’t nervous because I didn’t know anybody. Everyone was asking where I came from and I just said Brooklyn.
Nail art has become so popular within the last few years, did you ever think it was going to become as big as it is?
Nail art was always an underdog but was always popular in the Brooklyn, Queens and Harlem.
How important is it to have a nail tech on set for a photo shoot? Why wasn’t there a need many years ago?
It’s very important. You never know if the hands are going to be used around the face or lips or how tight the shot will be. People are more aware and concepts can change on set so you never know when the hands will be important.
You have worked with the biggest artists in the business who are some of you favorite people to work with and why? Do you have your favorite models?
I don’t have any favorites.
When you are shooting a fashion editorial or doing any fashion shows what is your part in the concept or feeling of the overall project? Do you research anything for your shoots?
It’s a team effort from the creative director, hair /makeup team, photographer, designer, etc. to bring the look together. I do research but ideas change all the time so at least I stay prepared for anything.
How have nails changed the industry?
Nails are always the finishing touch. It makes women feel more groomed and put together.
Do you have assistants when you are working?
Only when it’s big shows or something with a lot of models.
Nails are very popular it seems everyone wants to be a nail artists and has a blog or website about it, what do you think about this? Why do you think its so popular?
Everyone wants to be a celebrity nail tech but I consider myself an artist since I don’t like titles.
Do you have a signature Honey design?
Whatever comes to me in the moment is my signature style.
Do you have private clients?
Yes and they’re private!
How often do you travel for work? Do you have more than one residence because of travel and work?
No, I travel once in a blue moon. It’s not easy to travel as a nail tech because of all the products that we use.
What is your inspiration? How often are you trying new things?
I get inspiration from everything. I seeing things out walking, on buildings, on the street – everything inspires me. I try new things all time, I’m not big on trends but I love new looks and ideas.
Do you have any plans to create your own nail empire?
That’s a secret, I’m working on a bunch of stuff !
Is it easy to start in the industry now because of the popularity? What advice would you give?
It takes a lot of experience/training and knowing the right people. It’s important for nail techs to get their license and train in salons to get their time in. I’m still learning new things about the industry every day.
How important is it to take care of your nails? Name 3 things you need to do to strengthen your nails.
Stay hydrated, use oil on your cuticles, and avoid soaking your nails when getting a manicure. Having a healthy diet helps maintain the health of your nails.
How important is it to take care of your hands? Is washing dishes healthy for hands and nails?
It’s always better to protect your hands and nails. Wear gloves when washing dishes to protect your nails and don’t let them soak for too long.
What is the best polish to use that stays a long time when you use your hand very often? Is there a trick to the perfect 14 day manicure?
There’s so many polishes on the market that I’d have to test them all to know the best. Use a really good top coat and make sure your nails are moisturized with oil for a long lasting manicure.
Can you tell us about any hand creams or anything to protect the nails?
I have my own secret potion of oil that I use to moisturize and protect my nails.
We hear about so many nail disasters at salons pertaining to pedicures and manicures, what should people look for to protect themselves?
Bring your own polish, tools, and watch if they are cleaning after your nails are done. If they aren’t on top of cleaning everything after every client then you need to get out.
When did you first fall in love with fashion? Was this your first career choice? Did you ever want to pursue anything else?
I’m in love with nails. I always wanted to be an artist and fashion came later into my life. Fashion has a lot to do with art so I get to do something that I love in a very creative industry. I’ve been very happy about my life!
What is your royal obsession?
Can you change the world? Do you think you have changed the world?
Everybody that is in the world changes it in some sort of degree. I‘m all about good vibes and optimism.