Our latest #BeautyTraveler is celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec. This sought-after nail stylist creates exquisite art and super-clean manicures that rock everything from the runway to the red carpet. Better yet, she slays the game all while traveling the world, whether it be for clients, educating others, or just #BeautyExploring.
(Disclaimer: We might be biased towards Julie because she’s an AWTB BFF. And because she’s amazing.)
ATWB: Tell us about your favorite place in the world.
Julie K: Maldives! It’s the perfect destination for someone who wants to TRULY unwind. It is so remote that there isn’t too much to do, but in the best way. You get to really relax with nothing distracting you from the jaw-dropping beauty of the sky, water, and island life all around you. Its as beautiful as photos portray, if not even more so. And it checks all the boxes: the people are so lovely and friendly, its completely safe. Better yet, there are no insects AND no humidity. I can’t imagine a more perfect place.
ATWB: What’s your beauty routine like when you travel?
Julie K: It depends greatly where I’m going. If I’m headed to a beach or a humid place I never bring a hair dryer or curling iron. In those cases, I let my hair dry naturally and use salt water to create the perfect texture. If its to a place like Dubai, I’ll bring full makeup and get glammed up. If I were to go somewhere fashionable like Paris, I would only bring essentials mascara and tinted moisturizer.
AWTB: What are 3 beauty products you can’t live without?
Julie K: Skyn Iceland the Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion, L’Oreal EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment, and YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara (currently in Violet!)
AWTB: What’s your favorite passed-down beauty ritual?
Julie K: For the past 17 years, I’ve never fallen asleep with makeup on – ever!
AWTB: Tell us about your coolest beauty experience while traveling abroad.
Julie K: There are so many! Putting volcanic clay on my feet in the Amazon, teaching a group of manicurists my manicuring tricks in the Maldives, getting a pedicure in the Burj al Arab in Dubai are some notable ones.
AWTB: What’s been the coolest nail discovery you’ve found #BeautyExploring? You had the internet buzzing a few months ago on this trend..
Julie K: Yes! The sunglass nails were a nail covering I found at a random market in Seoul on a layover. I was power shopping for nail art supplies and these appeared before me like a mirage. I wish I knew where to buy more and I’d sell them to all my nail friends!
Follow Julie on Instagram @julieknailsnyc to keep up with both her gorgeous nail work and some of her amazing travel photos.
Written by Halle Butler
Photos by Julie Kandalec
( Julie K Sharing Beauty Tips with Nail Guru Brittany Tokyo)
( #BeautyExploring the Markets of Sol for Beauty Trends)
(Julie Educating a group of nail artists in the Maldives)
(Taking in the view – Maldives)
(Giving back at an orphanage in Ecuador on a Around The World Beauty Tour)