Our BeautyMakers series profiles a new girl boss every few weeks for an exclusive, inside look at the inspirational women who work in concert to launch the innovative beauty products and stunning makeup looks that make our lives more beautiful and fun.
In this latest installment, we caught up with Taryn Multack—nail artist and senior social media manager for essie—to talk about her fabulous career, the perfect manicure and the intersection where fashion and nail design meet.
I’ve always had a knack for painting nails. I’ve been changing my manicure three times a week since college! That said, I created my first nail art look just after NYFW September 2011. I saw a Marni print that I was completely in love with and thought to myself, “that would look so cool as nail art.”
I’ve had a ton of internships in various avenues of the fashion industry, like Oscar de la Renta and W Magazine, but my first official job was doing trend forecasting for Macy’s.
I had been working on my personal business—Miss Ladyfinger—full-time for about three years, and throughout that time, I made great connections with the L'Oréal Group. I received a phone call from one of my friends on the essie team in January 2015, and she asked me if I wanted to come lead social for essie ... of course I said, “YES!”.
Not to get all sappy, but this is truly my dream job. The fact that I earned it from building a business rooted in my deepest passion is incredible to me. The stars totally aligned for me, and I am a firm believer that hard work pays off. Working in social media (especially for a brand that I admired growing up) is so rewarding, especially when you love color and creating content as much as I do.
@Heart.Defensor is my all-time favorite—her fur babies crack me up!
@ArielleCharnas for her edible baby girl.
And @HannahBronfman who is such an inspiring #girlboss.
I think the chrome mirror nails and holo highlighters are a definite sign of what’s to come, foreshadowing the creation of more tech-forward products. I’m all about these new trends—any excuse to channel my inner unicorn!
Eva Chen has been an incredible mentor to me from the very beginning of Miss Ladyfinger. I’m also fortunate to have a strong team of business advisors and women in the workforce who inspire me every day.
1. Prabal Gurung
2. Alexander Wang
As cliché as this sounds, I scour Vogue.com for all of my inspiration. Fashion is such a great jumping off point since it's so colorful, visual and expressive. The tagline for Miss Ladyfinger is: “runway to your fingertips.” While 90 percent of the time I can’t afford what comes off the runway, I can absolutely rock a piece of it on my nails. It’s my way of expressing myself through painting while also paying tribute to the designers that inspire me.
Always file—even if just a little. It’s like getting your hair trimmed—the more upkeep you do, the stronger your nails will be! I also use a nail strengthening base coat for preventative nail care, which also makes them stronger at the same time.
Starting a business is a really daunting idea. It can feel overwhelming. My advice is just dive in. Start small and work your way up. Remember: Everyone starts somewhere, and regardless of whether you’re building a business or a career—you’ll grow and evolve no matter what. Definitely make sure it’s your passion though! That’s most important.
My two all-time favorite shades are ‘devil’s advocate’—I wear this exclusively on my toes—and ‘no place like chrome.’ ‘No place like chrome’ creates a mirrored nail look without destroying your nails. It’s always been a go-to of mine.
I’m not over Instagram yet. It’s curated content, and I’m a sucker for eye candy. The other platform I’ve been loving lately is Musical.ly—my nine year old niece is obsessed, and it’s actually a lot of fun!
Both. And ice cream.
What’s your dream job? Let us know in the comments below!
About the Author: Kate drives the day-to-day creation of content, aiming to inspire and inform Makeup.com readers by delivering the latest beauty tips, tricks and trends. As an employee of L’Oréal, Kate sources and tests the best beauty products from across the entire brand portfolio.