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

By  February 09, 2014


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.


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.


<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.


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.


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.