Ran Kowatari

Specialities: Hand-detailed Nail Art and Swarovski Crystal Designs

Born in Kyoto, Japan, Ran launched her career in 2002 and made her way onto the New York fashion scene in 2008. As one of the most sought after nail artists, she's done work for New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and MTV. Her personal favorite nail design was for the Kithe Brewster fall/winter 2013 collection. She says, "It was really unique in that each of the models' fingers featured a different kind of art. The art was also interchangeable depending on the outfit, making it truly versatile-just like many of the looks in Kithe's collection. I think the industry in the U.S. is finally coming to recognize nail art as an essential fashion accessory in its own right, and it's very exciting."