The New York Daily News said: “Life She’s Nailed It”. Tina Panariello says “I Just Did It”. No matter how she is described Tina Panariello is one gutsy woman. She was born and raised until she was 11 years old on the lower East side of Manhattan and was forced to move to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. As most little girls, she was a daydreamer. She dreamed of becoming a dancer, a beautician, and believe it or not, even a surgeon. Moving to Brooklyn was a big transformation that prepared her for what was yet to come.
Prior to owning Nail Artistry by Tina, she owned an in-home jewelry business and always dressed up her nails with beautiful polish designs which she offered all the hostesses, as a gift, for giving her a jewelry party. Tina expanded on that and with two clients, one nipper, one file and three bottles of polish started doing nails house to house, and in her home for two days, always dreaming of one day having her own salon.
Several years later, with monetary help from her parents, her brother Andrew, Uncle Richie, and then boyfriend Frank, from scratch, put her dream salon together. Tina, drew up the blueprints, and decorated the entire salon by herself. She is a self-taught nail technician. There were no nail schools at the time, but ten years of learning and attending many beauty shows, with certifications under her belt from being an educator for OPI, she was grandfathered and received her license.
Tina Panareillo, is semi-retired, and still the owner of Nail Artistry by Tina for 33 years, and a nail technician/artist/actor/educator/author, Polished: filing away at life’s truths, motivational speaker, and is an accomplished miniature nail artist.
She is a first and second place World and International Nail Art Champion, adding many other nail art awards. Panariello was recruited at a nail art competition (taking first place) by a vice president and manager of OPI (yes, the nail lacquer company) to become OPI’s Nail Art Educator, using their nail lacquer. She judged nail art competitions, was a Show Hostess, Show Coordinator and Decorating Coordinate, Competition Director and MC, at The New York State Nail Technicians Organization, Long Island, New York. Tina taught at several beauty shows, private schools and privately. Tina taught for three days, her hand-painted nail art technique, at the Midwest Beauty Show. For two years she taught nail art at The Nail Technology Institute, Patchogue, New York. While Tina was working in the city by day, and her salon by night, during the market crash, she was approached to do a week seminar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to the seminar, Tina hit a rough patch, she had major surgery and was out of work for a month, but that didn’t stop her. Towards the end of her recuperation, she dismantled her trophies, packed them up, and shipped them off to Puerto Rico so they could be present during her seminar. It was a one of her major events during her career.
Articles have appeared in several nail industry magazines, Nail Pro, NAILS Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, Cranes New York Business, Honey Magazine, Home Reporter and Spectator, and many others.
Tina has an Associate’s Degree, from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Manhattan, and after graduation was the owner of The Carousel Players, a children’s theater group. Nails were a far cry from acting, or for that matter, being an author! She is also a graduate of the Workshop in Business Opportunities.
After the release of her motivational/inspirational autobiography POLISHED: filing away at life’s truths, Panariello believes in motivating and inspiring all who wish to grow their dreams. She was asked to be a guest speaker at St. Francis College, St. Josephs College, and motivated many students at Career Days in numerous high schools.
She has been written up in US News and World Report, The Home Reporter, The World Of Nails and other newspapers. Panariello was interviewed on WSOU- Thanks God for Monday, WSOU 89.5 FM, item #139, September, 22, 2014, “Entrepreneur Life” airing on cable television, a http://youtu.be/443fk_BnaGY, and interviewed on www.panjradio.com. Since then I have been interviewed on many Blog Talk Radio shows and video broadcasts as seen on YouTube.
Tina had the privilege of being honored as 2015 Top Woman In Business, Brooklyn, New York. Here are the words that described her. “Your dedication to your craft and to your community is truly rare and unique! You are an extraordinary woman.”
Panariello is a member of The Brooklyn Hispanic (Kings County) Chamber of Commerce, The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and NAPW, National Association of Professional Women.
On August 27, 2015, I spoke and signed autographs for a fundraiser “Go Red for Women” a Soirée for 200 women who did the walk for the Heart Association. It was held at Raymour & Flanigan, Fulton St. Mall, Brooklyn, New York. All proceeds were given to the Heart Association.
That is not all that is in her future. Please check out her Press page for other interesting updates.