Toko­roa nail tech­ni­cian up with the best

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa’s Amanda Viviers is lit­er­ally nail­ing her pro­fes­sion.

The nail tech­ni­cian is now the North Is­land’s best af­ter be­ing awarded runner up New Zealand nail tech­ni­cian of the year dur­ing the 2017 Beauty New Zealand As­so­ci­a­tion Awards. In first place was the South Is­land’s Rachel Stevens.

The mother of three, who works from her home based sa­lon Viviers Beauty, said the plac­ing came as a huge sur­prise.

‘‘I think it is still sink­ing in to be to­tally hon­est,’’ she laughed.

‘‘We had to send away ev­i­dence which in­cluded writ­ing a 2000 word es­say about our­selves, why we came into the in­dus­try, what we have achieved since be­ing in the in­dus­try, en­dorse­ments from clients, and then pic­tures of what we do.’’

‘‘Af­ter that they an­nounced the top three and I had to go be­fore a panel of judges in Auck­land and they asked me more ques­tions. I thought I bombed that,’’ she said.

But Viviers, who has been a nail tech­ni­cian for only four years, was wrong.

‘‘The three of us went to Te Papa in Welling­ton for an awards night and I was adamant I was get­ting third place as the other ladies had just been in it so much longer,’’ she said.

‘‘I was ready to go up for third place so I had my phone ready to take a photo of Rosa Kerr (who ac­tu­ally came third) when the an­nounce­ment came.’’

‘‘I ac­tu­ally swore as it was com­pletely un­ex­pected. As my hus­band said I was the only runner up who ac­tu­ally looked like they had won first place, I was so ex­cited.’’

‘‘I still had my puffer jacket on so the girl be­side me and my hus­band had to help me get it off as I couldn’t go up on stage with it on and rep­re­sent Toko­roa,’’ she laughed.

The for­mer preschool teacher said she en­joys ev­ery day she works and busi­ness was boom­ing.

‘‘I like it be­cause I get to gos­sip all day,’’ she laughed.

‘‘It is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar as more fa­mous peo­ple are get­ting their nails done and my late nights are full un­til the end of next year.’’

‘‘Nail art has also be­come a big thing and art is my forte. I am just lucky enough that I have a good client base and they like what I do,’’ she said.

She said her tro­phy will take pride of place in her sa­lon.

‘‘It de­serves its own lit­tle shelf,’’ she laughed.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

Toko­roa nail tech­ni­cian Amanda Viviers work­ing on a client’s nails.

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