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SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADING NAIL PROFESSIONALS

Vanity Projects Institute—
a hybrid online education platform & in-person nail art seminars.
 

Vanity Projects, the premier nail industry leader working with the most creative nail artists, launched  Vanity Projects Institute in June 2021, and has since expanded the curriculum offering to in-person instruction with it's top tier talent in New York & Miami. 

 

Our hybrid online nail education curriculum offers both Beginner's and Intermediate Level courses that provide vital tools for both professionals and hobbyists. In addition to the 7-day long comprehensive’s there are 12 individual accelerated curriculum for individual designs offered. Our in-person education launches Summer 2024. Sign up to get the alert when classes are in session!

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BECOME A SUPER TALENT
The Vanity Projects Institute vision is to elevate nail education and develop highly skilled professional nail artists.
 

Our rigorous curriculum comprises both technical and artistic training to form a foundation we believe is vital for a successful career in the nail industry.

A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER
Our mission is clear; now is the time for innovation, reinvention, and investing in your future.
 

More than ever, investing in self-improvement to develop new skills will make a big impact in your future earnings, grow your book, and create new and significant opportunities within the nail industry. We are invested in this process with you 100%. Our courses propel your skills to enable expansive possibilities.

NEW DROPS!

We offer two different styles of hybrid online curricula: Comprehensive & Accelerated.

Comprehensive Curriculum:

There are two levels of comprehensive hybrid curricula: Beginner Level and Intermediate Level. Beginner and Intermediate Level courses each contain 6 pre-recorded class videos and a live Q&A session with the instructor. Students will have assignments throughout the course, and a final test. Each level requires 7 days to complete; the students will obtain the VPI diploma upon completion.

Accelerated Curriculum:

Our accelerated courses are design-centric and can be completed in less than one week. Students will skip the nail prep education portion (as they would learn in Beginner and Intermediate) and solely focus their education on design skills. Students will only have one homework item to complete, and still, receive a live Q&A session with the instructor.

 


For optimal results which include learning more designs, manicure duration, and client retention, we highly encourage you to enroll in our Beginner and Intermediate level courses so you have the full scope of skills to become a MASTER of your craft.

REGISTRATION IS EASY

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ADD COURSE TO CART
CHECKOUT & PAY
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RECEIVE WELCOME PACKAGE AND ACCESS TO THE COURSE
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START LEARNING
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COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS AND FINAL TEST
ATTEND A LIVE SESSION WITH THE INSTRUCTOR
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*Welcome Package contains a list of suggested products and other information you will need to complete the course.

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Meet your instructors
 

Courses are instructed by our Artistic Director Kanae Yagi, Japanese Nail Association (JNA) certified educator and master nail artist. With over fifteen years of experience, Yagi is one of the leading international celebrity nail artists working in the United States. Her curriculum is based on a Japanese methodology that provides the tools and knowledge focused on quality nail preparation and technical design execution.

Our Lead Instructor is Gena del Portillo, with over 10+ years of experience. Gena is one of the founding artists at Vanity Projects Miami with an extensive nail education background based in Florida. She is key to the success of this hybrid program as she gently guides students to improve beyond measure!

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Scholarships
 

Committed to providing opportunities for the nail technician community at large, VPI will offer two scholarships

yearly for BIPOC and AAIP nail artists. A full tuition scholarship will be awarded to one Beginner Level and one Intermediate Level student during the Spring and Fall seasons, affording four nail technicians each year the means to experience VPI’s career-catapulting curriculum. In addition, 5 Accelerated Curriculum Design courses will be gifted throughout the year. Sign up today for consideration!

History
 

Vanity Projects is a luxury nail salon concept that merges a Japanese style nail art atelier with video art programming. Established in 2010, with locations in both New York and Miami, we specialize in innovative gel manicures from the most sought-after nail artists. Vanity Projects was founded on the premise of elevating the nail salon context within a dialogue rooted in culture and a passion for art. Inspired by leading international nail artists, Vanity Projects has become synonymous with quality and talent.

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Vanity Projects Institute was conceived and developed by Vanity Projects founder, Rita Pinto. The same principles of merging top-tier talent with fine art sensibilities are core to our vision. 

Inspired by the Vanity Projects Artist-in-Residency program, which features leading international celebrity nail artists, in both their New York and Miami locations, Pinto saw a meaningful impact on her resident artists within this incubator like environment. This critical exchange of ideas and techniques has in turn developed some of the top nail artists working in the industry today.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR KANAE YAGI
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