You know her better as, let’s be honest, your favourite leading lady from The Breakfast Club (or Pretty in Pink, or Sixteen Candles, or any one of her other ‘80s megahits), but there’s more to former teen idol Molly Ringwald – not the least of which is her oh-so-soothing and crafty pastime.
This is when I reveal that I’m still a valley girl at heart, like, I still say “like”, like, a lot! Oh, and I’m also clearly a hoarder. But, hey! I can do wicked nail designs! https://t.co/jPw3M21Zys
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) January 14, 2019
Opening up to Broadly, she recently shared how learning to do nail art has become her very own form of meditation. As an actress, budding screenwriter, and mother of three, she sure has plenty of demands on her time, but she’s been finding the creative nature of painting her nails to have a calming effect.
“When I feel like my brain is overloaded, I try to find ways to completely empty it. Some people do mindful meditation, or yoga. I’ve tried all of that, and I certainly think that it’s great, but I recently found that doing DIY nail art on myself is very soothing. It’s like painting on a little, tiny canvas.” Is anyone else inspired to take this up as their new 2019 hobby? “Nail art takes dexterity and focus,” she went on, “and when I’m doing it, I don’t think about anything else. It’s my form of weird meditation.”
We’re all for it, in fact, it kind of takes us back to our schooldays, diving right into the creative process, painting faces, making things from playdough, clay, and the like. Even giving yourself a regular manicure, minus the art, can act as a soothing beauty ritual. Ringwald hit the nail the head, saying, “I’m really focused when I’m doing something with my hands—it just makes me completely zen out.” With so many working on computers these days, it’s no wonder we yearn to use our hands in a more tactile and creative way.
It all started when, working in England, she had a vintage inspired style moon manicure done, and realizing she couldn’t find them back home in the States, decided to give the DIY approach a try. Now, thanks to some leftover eye-makeup from the ’90s, makeup brushes, paste, and art screens (kind of like fancy, intricate stencils), she’s up and away with it, creating her own masterful designs.
“All of this was really hard at first. Then, one day I was like, ‘Oh…I did that!’ I couldn’t believe that I could actually do it”, and as she continued to practice, she “just got better and better at it” and now even treats her two small daughters to their very own home manicures.
And her fans are loving the reveal, sharing their excitement on her twitter.
Like totally understand about the zen out. I love looking at my sparkly toenails during yoga. 👣💄
— Trish (@artgeekTrish) January 14, 2019
Pls come do nail art on my nails
— Meredith Arthur (@mudaba) January 15, 2019
But don’t go expecting her to transform her social media accounts into streams for her latest designs – she’ll be sticking to acting and writing for now, keeping nail art as a helpful, meditative distraction. “Doing nail art is very low-pressure… Like, what’s the big deal? If I don’t like it, I’m gonna take it off and paint something else… It’s perfect for a writer: I write for a while, then I stop and do a little design on my nails, then go back to writing.” So, if yoga and meditation aren’t your thing – just know you can still take the edge off, with just a bit of nail polish.