"I am passionate about nails and know how vital it is they look groomed in today's society. I developed my own range
to share my expertise so that others can have the confidence that comes from knowing their hands, feet and nails are
beautiful and healthy."
Winner of British Nail Technician of the year 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, when voted into the Hall of Fame and elevated to a judge.
Leighton was born in Bradford in the north of England 1974. When he left school, he became a fork-lift truck driver, but after a trip
to the States with his mother in 1991, he became fascinated by nails and decided to make it his career. He trained in 1991/2, and then worked
on US based cruise liners to fine tune his craft and gain experience. On his return in 1993, he opened his first salon in Bradford. He moved
to London in 1998 to open his second salon in Marylebone High Street, and extended his career into session and celebrity work. He won British
Nail Technician of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, when he was voted into Hall of Fame and became a judge.
The Manicurist's Guru, he has a formidable reputation in the industry. His opinions and expertise are eagerly sought by other professionals,
and he is a regular contributor and columnist in 5 national trade publications.
His expertise has also been sought by multinational companies. Previously, Leighton was the nail expert and spokesperson for Max Factor,
Crabtree & Evelyn, Rimmel, and Marks & Spencer. In June 2005, he launched his own brand.
His first exclusive press articles in 2001 were for Vogue, Marie Claire & Harpers. He is in high demand for photographic features due to
the creativity and quality of his work. His views and recommendations are regularly sought by beauty journalists, and his hints and tips are
frequently found in beauty articles in the consumer press.
His first celebrity client was Joan Collins, in 2000. Among those whose nails he has tended are Jade Jagger, Penelope Cruz, Davina McCall,
Shirley Bassey, Kate Moss, Geri Halliwell, Jerry Hall, Liberty X, and Gaby Logan.