With a following that rivaled major label recording artists and 4 self-released projects under her belt, D. Malone branded her lifestyle with her gifted vocal range to become a rising star in R&B’s music scene during the late 2000’s and into the early 2010’s. Her convivial demeanor and easy flowing writing style made her relatable to her ever growing fan base.
At the peak of her rising music success between 2013 and 2014, the New York City native found a new calling, transitioning from recording music to beauty care, primarily focusing on nail care and providing “D’s on the Spot Nails,” a mobile service that caters to women who are frequently on the move without a structured daily schedule throughout the East Coast.
We wanted to hear more from D. Malone herself, to find out a little bit more about her beauty routine in addition to if there are any similarities between her previous and current career…
Lifestyle Republic: You were a recording artist before transitioning over into beauty care – were there any elements of your previous run as an artist that carried over into your new lane as a nail tech?
D. Malone: Not necessarily as a nail technician but, definitely as a business owner. A lot of the marketing and promotions I learned I was able to apply it to this venture.
Was there another career path you were thinking about going into instead of beauty care?
It was always music and beauty for me. Hair, Make up and Nails. I love Fashion as well.
What do you enjoy most about what you currently do?
Making my clients happy and having them grow into family.
What are your Beauty Must-haves?
Marc Jacobs eyeliner, Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara, Mac Cheeky Bronzer, LA Girl Concealer. Bliss Exfoliating Wash and Clinique Moisturizer.
When did you discover your passion for nail care?
I discovered my love at the age of 13 when my Mom took me for my 1st manicure. At that point I realized “I could do that!” My mom bought me my own kit and I practiced and practiced.
You recently launched a new web series called “Tip Tuesday” that focuses on long term nail care. Do you feel that women in particular do not pay as much attention to their nail care as they do towards their hair?
I believe that because hair may be the 1st thing a person sees, the more attention and care has gone towards hair than nails. Nowadays nails and the care of them is growing and becoming HUGE.
What are your fashion favorites?
I love shoes, bags and hats. So, honestly the label doesn’t mean the most to me, it’s the color, style and quality that snags me.
If you could pick one thing about yourself that you love the most, what would it be?
What advice would you give to young female entrepreneurs?
Keep God 1st. Don’t allow discouraging moments keep you from your promise..