Nailed It: Social Media Star KathleenLights Spills The Tea on At Home Manicures


We’re 7 weeks into quarantine and chances are you’ve finally figured out a way to get that gel polish off your fingers.

If your unpolished fingers are making you sad, don’t worry, we got you! We caught up with Miami-born and raised, YouTube beauty sensation and Influencer Kathleen Fuentes, better known as KathleenLights, who has embarked on her first solo project: a vegan, cruelty & Seven-Free nail lacquer brand, Lights Lacquer.

With a new nudes collection coming out May 7th, Kathleen shared some inspo behind the line as well as tips on how to perfect an at-home manicure.

What was your inspiration behind your new Lights Lacquer collection?

My newest collection, “Y.N.B.B” (Your Nails, But better) is inspired by a collection of timeless nudes. The colors of this quality, highly pigmented formula of nail polish that glides on smoothly are inspired by my favorite classic nudes that include light, medium & dark tones, including Mila, Matilda, Lyla, Emma, Alyanna and Olivia. Each shade represents a unique personality and was created to provide users with a sleek, polished, natural look that softly, transforms & elongates the nail palette.

What tools do you need to create the perfect at-home mani/pedi?

Aside from a solid file and your favorite polish, I personally can’t do my nails without cuticle remover or moisturizer. It’s my favorite and only way to keep a manicure looking fresh.

Do you suggest cutting our cuticles or leaving that to the pros?

I personally like to push my cuticles back so I don’t have to cut them, but it’s all about preference. Some people are better with cuticle cutters and feel comfortable using the tools. 

Tips for painting your other, non-dominate hand?

I always leave my thumbs unpainted so that I can use that nail to clean up around the edges or dip in acetone if I need to. It’s my favorite trick when painting my nails because you get a perfect manicure every time. 

While we’re here to talk beauty, we can’t help but notice your other line, Lights Label, that looks like the perfect quarantine-casual wear. Tell us more!

Lights Label is an accessory and apparel merchandise line that features both unique art and lifestyle products. Lights Label is designed by a small group of creatives born and raised in Miami, FL. My inspiration behind the merch brand was inspired by my Cuban culture and Miami roots. Miami is a city that birthed a generation of rebellious and resilient people. Lights Label puts a twist on classic styles to outfit those who embrace individuality. To wear Lights Label is to celebrate those with stories of struggle and endurance, but ultimately to celebrate success. All products are designed in Miami, FL. The latest drop, “De Me Para Ti” collection features cozy crewneck sweaters, biker shorts, graphic tees, and accessories. Our next collection is an ode to Miami bodegas in little Havana, but helming inspiration from Cuba’s classic “La Bodeguita del Medio.”

Now let’s play a little game of rapid-fire answers:

Favorite way to workout?

I don’t work out as much as I should, but I’ve started to work on my flexibility. My goal is to do a full split very soon! I also enjoy swimming.

Favorite place to grab a healthy meal?

I’ve been doing lots of cooking un quarantine using Hello Fresh, but when I’m not being healthy, I love Barton G.

Coffee order?

I love all coffee. It's ALL good to me, but iced coffee is my go-to. Bones is my favorite.

Beach or pool?


305 till I die, or sights set on another city?

305 till I die!

Robin Diamond is a beauty, wellness and fitness fan always willing to try the newest treatment, trend or workout. When she’s not putting pen to paper, she’s busy running her public relations business, helping brands and personalities shine through impactful media placements. Born and raised in Miami, Robin first established herself working for some of the most well-respected New York lifestyle and beauty agencies before bringing her talents to Miami. A self-confessed beauty and fitness junkie, Robin gets her best ideas while running along Miami Beach’s boardwalk or sweating it out during a hot yoga class, after which a green juice and face mask just the ticket.

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