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Trend Watch: Spring 2012 Color Trends

February 29, 2012 | Article

For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences, showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles — from free and playful to light and breezy, plus contemporary classics.

Websites Worth Watching: El Salonsito Nail Art Blog

February 22, 2012 | Article

Launched in September 2011, El Salonsito (Spanish for “small salon”) showcases the work of Ami Vega, a nail artist whose art is inspired by various genres from high-end fashion to street artists such as Keith Haring.

Behind the Scenes: Creating the February 2012 Cover

February 6, 2012 | Article

Gorgeous nails, good composition, and a photogenic reptile — those are what earned Rolla, Mo.-based nail tech Sarah Petersen a coveted spot on this issue’s cover.

Autry Student Wins State Competition

January 30, 2012 | Article

Autry Technology Center Cosmetology student Courtney McGinnis recently placed first in nail care at the Oklahoma SkillsUSA competition.

Trend Watch: Colorful Camouflage

January 26, 2012 | Article

Definition: This is camouflage that’s actually meant to get you noticed. Instead of sticking to earth-tones like forest greens and browns, try camo patterns in bright colors or even pastels.

Winning the Wild West: Nail Art Competition Winners

January 25, 2012 | Article

The theme of the 14th Nail Art Poland Championships was “Very Wild, Wild West.” The participants created whole scenes of Western cities on the models’ nails, and the three amazing winning designs are shown here.

Stunning Stilettos by Igor Jovic

January 18, 2012 | Article

Serbian nail tech Igor Jović’s major at Belgrade University taught him a lot about stilettos, the popular feminine shoe shape that is. This college shoe design graduate now focuses his extraordinary artistic talents on stiletto nails instead.

Cote Wins Contessas

January 17, 2012 | Article

Congratulations to Catherine Cote of Candy Nail Bar in Montreal. She won the nail award in the 23rd annual Contessas.

9 Easiest Nail Art Designs to Master [Bonus: 4 Difficult Designs That Are Worth the Effort]

January 9, 2012 | Article

To make these easy designs even easier for you, these nail artists have generously provided step-by-step video tutorials. Watch the videos at www.nailsmag.com/nailstv. (And that goes for the difficult designs too!)

Trend Watch: Liquid Sheen

January 5, 2012 | Article

Definition: High-shine metallic styles that look to be dripping wet are one of the season’s hottest crazes.

Declaring War Against Bad Nails

December 6, 2011 | Article

When Headliners Salon in Las Vegas was chosen to be one of six salons to compete in the August 16 Bang Tuesdays! Hair Wars, salon owner Tzigane Osborne put together a team of experts to create a whole look — including nail tech Joy Yavenue of Nails by Joy in Henderson, Nev.

Trend Watch: Pleats

November 28, 2011 | Article

Definition: Lending a girlish romantic look to fashion, it refers to fabric that is folded over itself (usually multiple times) and secured.

3 Ways to Bling Out Nails

October 20, 2011 | Article

We've noticed an uptick in bejeweled and high-end nail looks at salons worldwide.

On the Road: CA->GA for My Wedding Nails

October 18, 2011 | Article

When there’s a wedding on the NAILS staff, you can bet that the bridal nails get a huge amount of attention. My nails were custom designed by Minx in Southern California and applied by Tashina “Poochie” Green of Poochiez Pawz Nail Studio in Atlanta.

Read My Nails

October 14, 2011 | Article

If you still get a hard copy of the newspaper, here’s a use for it you may not have thought of: newspaper nails.

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