A Day in the Life of Kimmie Kyees: Lady Gaga Style

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Lady Gaga Poker Face
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Celebrity nail technician Kimmie Kyees shares her exclusive experience working on set for Lady Gaga's latest music video.

Friday, April 30, 2010 I'm on the set of Lady Gaga's video for her newest single Alejandro. This particular music video is super exciting because it's directed by big time photographer Steven Kline. This is his first time shooting a music video. I'm so excited to be a part of Steven's first music video and, of course, another Gaga masterpiece.

Gaga's team wants me to apply acrylics with a pointy free edge to give her a bit of length, but they also want the nails to look natural. I assure them that I can do exactly what they want. They also ask for a deep polish color; there are talks of dark, vampy reds, blacks and dark blues. When we decide that dark blue is best, I know just what color to suggest: Orly's Stars of Bombay. It's delicious! But I always give the team plenty of choices, so I polish each finger on my left hand a different shade of navy and show the gang. It's just as I thought—Gaga loves the Orly polish!

We quickly cut and shape the OPI Perfection Natural Tips on Gaga while she, Steve, the stylist and the “glam squad” have a creative meeting. I love these tips because they require so little blending! As for the acrylics, I recently received the OPI Clarité acrylic system. I'm so happy to use an odor-free acrylic system since we're in a packed trailer. Normal acrylics smell awful in that small of a space, and I usually fumigate the entire room.

Normally during a shoot, there are so many interruptions, but because Gaga and her team are discussing plans for the video, she sits still and I finish my work with very little movement or interruption—a blessing when I'm working on set! Gaga is completely content with the results, and her team loves the nails and thinks they look natural. They're also pleased that the nails don't take very long to apply. I let the rest of the glam squad have her full attention and polish the nails later. After a few more hours, the day is done, but the video still has yet to be wrapped. I'll see everyone back on set early tomorrow.

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A Day in the Life of Kimmie Kyees: Lady Gaga style (page 2)

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Lady Gaga wears Minx during her video for "LoveGame."

Saturday, May 1, 2010 It's the second day of shooting and the nails still look great, so Gaga just wants foot and leg massages. I really enjoy giving a good hand or foot massage and love it that my clients enjoy this relaxing part of my service. I've been told I could also be a massage therapist! I work on her feet for about two hours while she gets her makeup done. Once we finish, Gaga's very appreciative and thanks me. As Gaga and the crew walk around, the makeup artist, Val Garland, stops to tell me how beautiful the nails are—it makes me feel really great for her to go out of her way to give me a compliment!

Now they've started shooting, and everyone is so excited about this video because there are some surprises for her fans. Gaga cut off all her hair for this video, but it's top secret; there are plans to hide it from the public until the actual video comes out! So, I can't take any behind-the-scenes pictures this time (sorry guys!).

The other very interesting part of the video is that Gaga goes in a whole new direction as far as makeup is concerned. She wears very little to no eye makeup. I think it's truly brilliant for her to change so drastically.

Since I have some free time during shooting, I start Minxing the crew. Gaga's stylist is celebrating her birthday—so we Minx her, too! After a few more hours of shooting, the day and the video are wrapped, and it's time to go home! This was a great day and I'm always so grateful to be part of these kinds of projects. Steven and Gaga are definitely a great mixture of fashion, art and music. And I've got plenty of celebrities to plan for in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!