Andrea Dorst nails competition

Local self-taught nail artist wins online contest for seasonal fingernail decoration

Vintage Sol Nails’ Andrea Dorst was the top artist in a nail technician contest

Vintage Sol Nails’ Andrea Dorst was the top artist in a nail technician contest

It was her very first online contest, but thanks to a first place finish, it certainly won’t be Andrea Dorst’s last entry.

The nail technician at Parksville’s Vintage Sol Nails in Wembley Mall, Dorst said she’s pretty-much self taught in nail art — after learning the craft at Nova Beauty in Nanaimo.

“The education I had there was fabulous,” she said. “If it wasn’t for (her teacher), I wouldn’t be here today.”

Nail art and manicures have always been a passion for Dorst. It all started for her when she went to an incredible nail artist when she was younger. So, when she finished her education, she started her own business. Shortly thereafter, she found a great gig with Vintage Sol.

In no time, she said she has gotten very busy, helping her clients design their fashionable — and sometimes very colourful — fingernails.

“It can be time consuming,” she explained. “But the results are well worth the time. Most clients like to come in, relax and leave with beautiful nails.”

Her experience and artistic eye led her to create a St. Patrick’s Day theme to her own nails — which she entered in an online contest through Light Concept Nails (LCN). The company, whose products Vintage Sol Nails uses, offers nation-wide contests each season and this time, Dorst’s entry beat out every other nail artists for the win.

“It was my very first nail art contest, so I’m very pleased,” she said.

Since it was run on Facebook, the number of ‘Likes’ she received for her art, pushed her over the top.

Find Andrea Dorst at Vintage Sol Nails in the Wembley Mall, or call 250-586-6636.