Center Stage with Sharvonique Renee Fortune

Name: Sharvonique Renee Fortune
Age: 40
Location: Alexandria, VA

Kids? If so, how many? 
Two kids. My daughter Jasmin and my son Julian. Both are in their early 20’s. It’s fascinating to watch them live their own lives and pursue their dreams. 

Marital Status?
I became a widow in 2008, but I’ve been blessed to have someone special currently in my life.

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Pets? If so, types and how many? 
I’ve had all types of different pets throughout my life – a dog, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, a rabbit, a rat, fish, and several cats. At the moment, I have two cats. An old moody fellow named Tigra, and a diva named Mika.

Beach or mountains?
Beach! I love the sun and warm places.

Comedy movie or suspense?
Both. Depends on my mood. I love TV and movies and need a variety to stay entertained.

Last time you laughed out loud
This morning. I’m forever laughing at random things.

Favorite tv show
This is tough to answer. TV is one of my closest friends. At this very moment, I’ll say Game of Thrones.

Favorite holiday
My birthday. Does that count?

Name one thing you can’t live without?

What got you started doing your nails?
I started polishing my nails in middle school. I’ve always had a strong interest in artistic things, and painting my nails was a form of creative expression.

What was the first brand you swatched for?
CrowsToes. I’m a fan of polish first and foremost. I’d polish my nails, then would take pictures for my own enjoyment and to show others. The creator of CrowsToes reached out to me one day and asked if I’d like to be an official swatcher for her. I was on cloud nine!

What is your favorite nail care product?
I can’t name just one. I have a tried-and-true arsenal of holy grail products to maintain my natural nails. Cuticle oil is an absolute must. I love Lucky 7 Nail Oil, Lush Lemony Flutter, and Dior Crème Abricot. Zoya Remove+ and HandsDown Ultra Nail Pads are my go-to’s for polish removal. Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover is a favorite, along with a glass nail file and a good ol’ orange stick.

What kind of camera do you use to take your swatch photos?
I use my iPhone 6 camera. It’s easy, simple and fast. I do have nicer more professional cameras, but it’s more work to set them up and use. I do loose depth of field, but I can live with the trade off in favor of simplicity.

What tips would you give an aspiring swatcher?
Even though I’ve only been swatching for less than a year, I do have a few tips to share. Lighting is extremely important. It improves the quality of your photos immensely and instantly makes them look more professional. I personally prefer not to use a flash because I think it alters the color of the polish and makes everything look too harsh. A good light source like a lamp or natural light are best. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I also suggest copying hand poses of swatchers that you like. You’ll quickly learn how your hand moves and the way your fingers bend. There are some poses I’m simply not able to do because my hand doesn’t move that way, but I was able to see the way my hand naturally wants to pose. The most important thing is to have fun! I LOVE nail polish, and I think my passion for it comes across in my photos. If you’re able to capture that excitement in any way that’s unique to you, it will show in your work.   

How did you come up with your ‘nail name’?
I was born with it. I figure my name is unique enough that I don’t need to come up with something else.

If you were to start an indie line of polish what would you name it and what would the first collection be inspired by?
Oooooh, I’ve often thought about starting my own indie line. I would name it Cartoon Chic and my brand would be inspired by cartoons and anime. I have a background in animation. My first collection would probably be a tribute to Jem and the Holograms. 

Who are some other swatchers and/blogs you follow?
I follow a lot, actually, but the ones that have more artistic photos stand out to me the most. @pshiiit_polish, @iparallaxe, and @ressa_d come to mind. I also love a good macro, so I enjoy your photos and @lifelovelacquer, as well as others.

For those of you who may not know, Center Stage is the old Swatcher Spotlight. I had to change it up a bit as this series doesn’t only focus on swatchers but bloggers and vloggers as well. If you or someone you know is a swatcher, blogger or vlogger and should be Center Stage, leave a comment down below. Have a great weekend, see ya’ Monday! 

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