January 13, 2011
Star Nail's Elaine Watson created this cute-as-a-cupcake cover for our February 2011 issue. See how she did the nails.
Keywords: Behind the Scenes nail art soak-off gels Star Nail Products
December 1, 2010
Vicki Peters has worn many hats in the nail world. And that’s to be expected since she’s a 30-year veteran of this industry she loves so much.
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November 22, 2010
With the voting for this year’s winning cover tech image too close to call, NAILS has done something it’s never done before: We ran two different covers for the same issue. Some of you received an issue featuring black and pink striped nails on the cover and some of you got a blue and green plaid design. In either case, you’re enjoying the handiwork of Julie Kandalec of Jenniffer & Co. in Mentor, Ohio.
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November 22, 2010
From Feb. 13-20, New York Fashion Week showcased upcoming Fall trends. Here’s a closer look at some of the runway nails. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the May 2009 issue of NAILS Magazine.
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November 1, 2010
Elaine Watson, global education director for Star Nail International, sculpted this month’s autumn leaves for the cover. Because the nails were leaf-shaped at the free edge, she didn’t have to do any file-finish work, so the application was actually remarkably quick.
Keywords: acrylics Behind the Scenes nail art Star Nail Products
October 1, 2010
Five years ago, Patricia Yankee was named NAILS' Nail Tech of the Year in 2005. Part of her prize included a trip to California to do the cover nails for NAILS Magazine. We never seemed to be able to settle on a date that worked for both of us. And all of a sudden, it was five years later and we were still trying to figure out a good time for her to come out. Thankfully, it all came together this past June.
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August 1, 2010
When Princess Gard decided to attend America’s Beauty Show (ABS) earlier this year, she had no idea what to expect. Little did she know her entry would not only win her $500, but also a spot on the cover of NAILS Magazine.
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June 1, 2010
When I went online to check out the winners of the CND Nail Style Competition, I had to doublecheck the name of the first-place winner. When I confirmed that it was really my name, I just started jumping and screaming — I’d just won an all-expense-paid trip to New York Fashion Week!
Keywords: Behind the Scenes celebrities CND contests fashion
May 1, 2010
When we asked Orange, Calif.-based celebrity nail artist Elsbeth Schuetz to come up with a toenail art design for this month’s cover, she brought us a whole slew of nail tips to choose from. While her hand-painted nail art is always super creative and artistic, we wanted to go with something a little more simple and wearable for the cover. Inspired by tone-on-tone patterns, she created this faux-snakeskin design using layered polish and diamond-shaped rhinestones.
Keywords: animal print nail art Behind the Scenes doing nails for photo shoots Elsbeth Schuetz embellishments
April 1, 2010
Gina Silvestro is constantly thinking outside of the standard nail “bubble” and strives to stay on the cusp of trends, while sharing and instilling innovative thinking and techniques with her peers. For this month’s cover we asked her to create something fun and bubbly.
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December 1, 2009
With the new matte polish craze this fall, we used OPI’s matching matte and shiny versions of the same color to create a monochromatic French look. It’s a great understated but fun look for the holidays.
Keywords: Behind the Scenes French manicures French twists matte OPI products
October 1, 2009
Lynn Lammers knows a thing or two about perfect nails. After securing the top spot on NAILS’ Top 25 List of competitors for the second year running (and winning the World Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany, earlier this year), she’s on a roll. And she seemingly can do it all — extreme pink-and-whites, colored acrylic designs, fantasy acrylic sculptures are just a few of her specialties.
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August 1, 2009
Greg Salo and his many devoted educators draw quite a crowd with their fun attitudes and intriguing nail styles. When I asked him where he got the inspiration for this month’s cover nails, he simply told me, “My inspiration comes from my educators.”
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April 6, 2009
Orange, Calif.-based celebrity manicurist and international educator Elsbeth created these perfect Easter egg-inspired nails for this month’s cover. Elsbeth, who travels in the United States and abroad to teach classes on celebrity nail styles and trends in color, has been especially busy lately, even doing Britney Spears’ nails for her new album cover.
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February 1, 2009
UK-based nail tech Sam Biddle used an encapsulation technique on NAILS’ February 2009 cover.
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