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Cover Tech Contest 2009: A Day At the Beach


In the year 2000, the editors of NAILS decided it would be fun to have a nail technician reader create the cover for one issue and so we started the Cover Tech Contest. Every year, we get hundreds of beautiful entries, creative concepts, and astonishing photographs. Browse through the best of the contests through the years. If you're interested in learning how to submit material for the next Cover Tech Contest, contact [email protected] for details. 

The NAILS 2009 Cover Tech contest winner is Jessica Hoel, from LuvNailz, Bothell, Wash.

Jessica selected a backdrop of shells to show off her skill and artistry. The gifted salon owner took the photo herself using a model she found on Craigslist. 

"I sculpted using Akzentz Gel's new Competition White and created moons using a custom gel I mixed," says Hoel, who is an Akzentz educator and does gels exclusively at her salon.  “I squeezed the nails to give a nice C-curve. I’m a hand-filer and used a 180-grit to shape them.” 

It took Hoel, a tech of seven years but first-time cover tech contestant, 2-1/2 hours to create the set.   Congratulations Jessica!

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