Day In the Life of Beauty: Celebrity Manicurist Jin Soon Choi

By  February 09, 2014

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One of our favorite mani mavens Jin Soon Choi gave Glam the inside scoop as she handles hoards of editors, shade swatches, and a menu of Korean cuisine between shows for Tess Giberson, Rag & Bone, and Theory. Here she shares her packed schedule:

6:30 AM Wake up to the annoying sound of my alarm, without which I would have slept until 10:00!
7:10 AM Meet my office manager at the office and head to the Tess Giberson show.
7:30 AM Arrive at Pier 59 Studio (on the Hudson River) backstage to meet Tess Giberson; join my team of manicurists and set up the JINsoon displays (which my husband designed and built) for the show.
7:45 AM See a friend who is doing makeup at the show.  Don’t have much time to chat though, as this is the first day of NYFW!
8:00 AM I’m really excited to introduce and use a nail polish color from my Tess Giberson/JINsoon collaboration, so I checked it out on a few model’s nails.
8:57 AM Selfie moment with model, Ji-Young Kwak.

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9:15 AM Have a moment to chat with the designer, Tess Giberson.
9:30 AM Take photos of models’ nails and of my team doing their nails.
9:45 AM Have interviews with editors and bloggers. It’s always fun to see them— it’s like a high school reunion!
10:00 AM Spot very cute shoes from H&M designed by MinJu Kim, so I have to take a photo of them.
10:29 AM Tess Giberson’s adorable daughter chooses the same black nail polish color that we are using on the models, so I make her pose for me, as if she was one of the models.

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<strong?11:15 AM Have a backstage moment with the super creative, talented and nicest makeup artist, Dick Page.
11:45 AM Leave the show momentarily for a food break.
12:15 AM Have lunch with the JINsoon Beauty Team (in Ktown – very close by) in-between shows.

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1:15 PM Sit down at a small park by myself in front of Macy’s, catch up with e-mails and deal with a few business problems.  All of a sudden, a guy with a big bread tries to join me so I get up and leave.
1:40 PM Arrive at the Rag & Bone show.
2:46 PM Have a selfie moment with the Revlon gang.
2:54 PM More interview time with editors and bloggers.
4:02 PM Take photos with models Joan Smalls and Hanne Gaby, celebrating NYFW backstage.

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5:15 PM Leave the Rag & Bone Show.
5:45 PM Stop by my apartment to make nail color displays for tomorrow’s shows.
7:10 PM Go to Theory for a test in preparation for the show.
8:25 PM Meet my husband and a friend at DoWha restaurant for a delicious Korean dinner.  Yep!  It’s a big day for Korean food.
10:30 PM Come home and prepare products and displays for the next day’s shows.
1:30 AM Finally manage to go to sleep.