Maria Salandra is a natural redhead, is known in the celebrity circuit as *the* nail artist and since 2013 has been Rihanna’s personal nail artist. Maria's success story is incredibly unique. She wanted a career in music and only started to do nails as a side hustle. But eventually, one of her two career paths started to take off faster than the other.
With help from a few friends in the film industry, she landed her first Hollywood film: "Mixed Nuts", starring Steven Martin, Adam Sandler, and Rita Wilson. And then, her big break came along. The Italian nail artist found herself on set for the iconic series "The Sopranos", where she was in charge of the nails for all the principles. These Hollywood jobs led to some incredible redhead clientele like Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts (Julia will always be a redhead in our eyes because of her iconic role in “Pretty Woman”!).
Maria has done the nails of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and other celebs like Rachel McAdams, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Garner. Salandra never knows what type of project will come her way. It could be making nail designs for 50 models in one of Rihanna's fashion shows or flying to London for a last-minute event. We’re so happy she had time to talk with us about all-stuff redhead and of course, NAILS!
Podcast notes: https://howtobearedhead.com/podcast-s2-ep-3-nail-tips-for-redheads-with-guest-maria-salandra/