Michelle Saunders / Bio

Michelle Saunders is a manicurist known for her creative instincts, precise attention to detail and love of color.

Michelle began training in her hometown of San Francisco, working as a manicurist at various Chanel boutiques. This is where she developed her gentle and thorough approach to manicuring. After several years refining her technique, she opened her own successful appointment-only nail salon.

After a decade in San Francisco, Michelle relocated to Los Angeles. There her career transformed from salon-based to an agency-represented manicurist, working with entertainment and fashion industry clients. She is now sought after by a-list celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Taylor Schilling, Taraji P Henson and Pink, as well as for editorial work in high-end publications such as W Magazine, ELLE and Vogue. She shoots regularly with photography greats Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus and peter lindbergh. Instyle, allure and harper’s bazaar, among many others, rely on michelle’s expertise to provide manicure and nail care advice to readers.

One hallmark of michelle’s nail work is its durability. She believes that a long-lasting result is achieved through precise preparation of the nail bed, thorough technique and the use of the highest quality products. Michelle is also known for her versatility, as displayed by her roles as key manicurist for proenza schouler, alexander wang, dvf and carolina herrera’s nyfw presentations.

A bicoastal artist based in la, michelle continues to explore and experiment to continuously create the visually rich, fashion-forward looks, whether it’s a classic nude nail or an intricate design.