Design image Gina Silvestro

Gina Silvestro

Country: USA

Design/Expertise-related information

What technique(s) are you particularly focusing on?
Nail Design using Swarovski crystals.

Since when have you already been holding workshops?
I've been holding Nail Design workshops for 8 years.

What fascinates you about using Swarovski crystals?
The brilliance and shine of Swarovski Crystals never fails to attract admiration and attention.

What is your favorite Swarovski crystal color?
That's a tough question because there are so many I am in love with! I would say one of my favorites is White Opal, because it looks like the perfect combination of a crystal, an opal, and a pearl. It is especially lovely in a bridal nail design.

What is your favorite Swarovski crystal and why?
2058 Xilion Rose Enhanced would be my favorite because of the large selection of colors, effects and sizes that are perfect for nails.

What was your first experience designing with Swarovski crystal?
In August of 2012 I was invited by Kim Paquette, Market Manager DIY & Beauty Swarovski North America, to work at the Magic Show in Las Vegas, demonstrating DIY techniques for nail designs using Swarovski crystals. I created 3 different designs using multiple shapes and sizes, which were applied to attendees to help promote DIY crystal nails. It was wonderful to work with the entire Swarovski Team and even more amazing to realize the endless possibilities in designs!

What is your favorite design you have ever created with Swarovski crystals?
My favorite Swarovski Nail Design I've created is the set of nails i did for the cover of Nailpro Magazine December 2012 issue. The entire tip of the nail was created using Swarovski Flat backs in different shapes and sizes.

Personal information

What are your hobbies?
Nails! Cooking, Baking, Art, Travel, Reading, and dining out.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Optimistic, Dedicated and Creative.

What would you definitely take with you on a lonely island?
My children, friends and boyfriend so it wouldn't be a lonely island! And my iPhone.

What is the first thing at the day you usually do?
Enjoy a cup of coffee.

What is your motto of life?
Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.

What advice do you have for new Swarovski crystal enthusiasts?
Relax and be creative. When you create with love and passion and no expectation of the outcome, the chances are much greater that you will create something remarkable!

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