Celebrity nail artist Britney Tokyo was very much into nail art before she even knew the term. “In elementary school, I didn’t even know what nail art was but I was drawing on my fingernails during class,” she recalled in an interview with Racked.
Born in Tokyo and currently based in LA, her style is a fusion of Japan and the US – cutesy, poppy, and glitzy. A former actress and TV personality from Japan, she’s won the hearts of Hollywood celebrities with clients that include megastars like the Kardashian clan, Rita Ora, and Ariana Grande.
“It all started after I began to post my work on SNS [Japanese Social Networking Service],” she relayed. “Even now, I receive most of my business inquiries through my Instagram! I’ve always been surrounded by art, and loved to draw since I was a little girl. I went to nail school, but it’s only been like three years since I’ve really sunk into the nails world. I started during the same time that nail art started to become a thing. I’ve always been lucky with timing for a lot of things, so I’m very thankful.”
“My first time working with a celebrity was a house call for Vanessa Hudgens,” she says. “She was originally my friend’s friend, so I wasn’t nervous. I usually never get nervous for any celebrities I do nails for. I am a freelance nailist, without residing in an agency, so usually the celebrities contact me directly. Since they already know my work that makes it easier for me to work on them.”
Her outlandish designs include glow-in-the-dark nails, Swarovski nail art, and designer-inspired manicures. Inspired by fashion, music, art, and everything in between, her nail art is always on fleek. Take a look for yourself.