Mei Kawa­jiri Juergen Teller Rosalía

Photography: Juergen Teller

The woman behind Rosalía’s nail art designs

She’s got her at her fingertips!!

La Ros­alía!” Go on, say it and try not to clap your hands. 

Thanks to her but­ter melt­ing voice, flair for chop­ping fla­men­co into mod­ern set­tings, and styl­ish steeze, the Span­ish starlet’s got the whole world in her per­fect­ly man­i­cured hands. 

Whether it’s her metal­lic talons in the video for Aute Cuture or her buss-down, cat­walk nails, Ros­alía is fast becom­ing known for her out-of-this-world nail art. Just have a gan­der at those toy-stud­ded claws above – the work of nail artist Mei Kawa­jiri.

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Born in Japan, Kawa­jiri has always want­ed to cre­ate for the masses. 

I was think­ing of being a tat­too artist but I don’t have any tat­toos and I’m so scared of giv­ing pain to peo­ple,” she says. Instead, she chose nails: it’s a much bet­ter and easy way to make art on someone’s body”. 

The inno­v­a­tive tal­ent has since gone on to work with some of the biggest brands and names in the indus­try, count­ing Balen­ci­a­ga, Ella Mai and fel­low Face cov­er star Dua Lipa as clients. But how did a Japan­ese nail artist and a Span­ish super­star first connect? 

She came to my stu­dio in Soho, two or three years ago,” Kawa­jiri says. She found me on insta­gram – she wasn’t as big as she is now, though.” (Ros­alía boast­ed a meage 400k fol­low­ers com­pared to her cur­rent 5.4m.)

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And so, to the cold hard facts.

Rosalia’s go-to order? Pop colours, shiny stuff and def­i­nite­ly gems.” Their mid-man­i­cure chat? Almost all about dreams. She loves danc­ing, she loves singing and I love nails so we talk about that, too.” And to make sure she’s stage ready? Mei swears by Essie’s good to go” top coat.

She’s got long hair and she’s always danc­ing and she doesn’t want it stop­ping her from doing her job,” Kawa­jiri says. 

Expect a run on your local Super­drug, almost immediately. 

Read our full inter­view with Span­ish sen­sa­tion Ros­alía here. Order your copy of The Face Vol­ume 4 Issue 001 here.


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