Melody Ehsani Dishes On NCLA Nail Art Collab!

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

If you don't already know about killer accessories designer Melody Ehsani, you've SURELY been missing out. Her statement jewelry has been spotted on Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna (just to name a few), and now she's expanding her resume to include *drum roll* nail art! She hooked up with the nail accessory experts at NCLA to debut the sickest nail wraps we've ever seen. NCLA let Melody have complete creative control over the collab, so she incorporated Egyptian and tribal elements from her current accessories collection into colorful designs you can wear on your tips. Lucky for us, Melody found some time to dish on ALL things nail art, including her design and music inspiration, how nails can transform an entire outfit, and nail trends she'd never try.

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

MTV STYLE: So, you've been into nail art FOR. EV. ER. Where do you go for nail art inspiration? Blogs? Tumblr? Tell us your secrets!

MELODY EHSANI: I actually never go to nails blogs or anything like that. I have some really good friends that moved out here from Japan like 8 years ago. They're the ones that do my nails. In Japanese culture, nail art is HUGE. They do all kinds of craziness, like 3D art—I'm sure you're familiar.

Ohhhhh, yes. I CERTAINLY am.

I started exploring with them, and they would have all these crazy nail magazines that they would bring from Japan. It's been my routine every two weeks—I literally go, and they have new magazines for me. They know. [laughs] It's the one thing I always do that makes me feel better about myself. I can literally show up to a party in sweats, but if I have my nails done and good accessories and a good pair of heels, I'm good.

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

Did music inspire your nail designs at all?

Absolutely. When I first got into nails when I was younger, and I would see it on all the different singers like SWV. It was so big back then. You'd have acrylics, and it'd be airbrushed. When you see a singer, usually you just see their hand on a microphone and their face, so it's definitely inspired me seeing the different singers and what they choose—like Beyoncé with her shiny gold Minx.

What music was blasting while you were creating your nail designs?

I design really well to Lauryn Hill. All her stuff is so inspiring to me. During this time I was also listening to Frank Ocean. Those were the main two I had on heavy rotation while designing the nails.

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

What's the craziest nail art you've sported?

When I first started I was really crazy with the 3D stuff, like I would have chains hanging off my nails.

Whoa, how did you function?

I think I've kind of grown out of that just because it's not really practical, and it's just annoying. [laughs]

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

What's the most ridic nail art you've seen IRL?

I did see this one girl who had her nail pierced. That's something I would never do. She literally had it pierced, and it had a hoop earring in it. [laughs]

That's kiiiiiindddd of amazing.

Yeah, that's pretty special. I was like, "Uh, I don't know if I'd ever do that." [laughs] One of the Japanese magazines that I recently got, they have velvet nails. That's also something I would never do. It was like feather velvet nails. I would never put feathers on my nails—that doesn't sound sanitary.

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

The special edition Melody Ehsani x NCLA nails cost $16 for a set of 3 applications and will be available online and in select stores starting in March.

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nails

NCLA x Melody Ehsani nail wraps.
Photo: Courtesy of Melody Ehsani/NCLA

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