Seoul-based nail artist Eun Kyung Park doesn’t hold back when it comes to making a fashion statement. Her style is very much dynamic and ranges from minimal and matte to highly embellished with added pearls and jewelry.
Growing up in Busan, South Korea, Kyung Park has been drawn to beauty since she was little. “As soon as I was old enough to go to high school and started learning about make-up, I knew I wanted to learn those skills at a beauty academy,” she recalled in an interview with Dazed Digital. “After a while studying make-up at the academy, I realised I wasn’t very interested anymore. That’s when my teacher suggested trying nail art.”
But transitioning to nail art took time and effort, and she had to work hard in order to pay for her tuition. “It was a low paid job working as a beginner nail artist, but I was happy I could do what I loved while paying my tuition.”
She hadn’t stopped since and was featured in publications like Vogue and Refinery29, with clientele that includes models at Seoul Fashion Week, K-Pop artists, and high-profile social media influencers. She’s also somewhat of an Instagram celebrity, with well over 300k followers.
“I think the concept of beauty is simply an idea of self-care,” she says. “Everyone can have a different standard of ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty,’ so I think it’s an idea of trying to present oneself according to their own standards. I guess it’s all for the self-satisfaction.”