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London Nailympics Draws Competitors From Around the Globe

January 1, 2011 | Article

On September 19-20, some of the best nail artists in the world gathered to take part in the sixth annual London Nailympics at the Olympia Beauty Show in London.

Trend Watch: Late 50's/Early '60s Fashion

December 1, 2010 | Article

Inspired in part by the AMC drama “Mad Men,” hourglass silhouettes, bold red lipstick, and other looks from the late 1950s and early 1960s are back in style.

Nail Art for the Not-So-Artistic

December 1, 2010 | Article

Have you ever discouraged yourself from trying something new because you thought you wouldn’t be any good at it? Have you done this with nail art? Well you don’t have to because there are simple and easy nail art products to help give flair and a little something extra to your sets — even if you’re not a natural born artist.

Nail Art Blogger Has a Good Nail Day

December 1, 2010 | Article

For Las Vegas-based Melissa Osburn, every day brings with it the promise of a new and exciting challenge — the challenge of creating a new nail design to showcase on her blog The Daily Nail (daily-nail.  blogspot.com).

Artist Spotlight: Jordan Do

December 1, 2010 | Article

Hailing from Indianapolis, the self-proclaimed “King of Nails” Jordan Do has been a consistent nail art dazzler since he first started doing nails 12 years ago

Extreme Embedding

November 17, 2010 | Article

We asked fans on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nailsmag) to send us a picture of the most interesting thing they’ve ever embedded in a nail. From beads and feathers to hay (yes, hay!), here’s a look at a few of the images we received.

Trend Watch: Asymmetry

November 17, 2010 | Article

Single-sleeve gowns, diagonally cut hemlines, and one-side-only embellishments prove that style doesn’t necessarily have to be balanced to have a cohesive look.

A Hand to Train On

November 15, 2010 | Article

The training hand has a moveable arm in similar length to a human’s, which can hold the hand in place at any angle. The hand has moveable joints for each knuckle, and a soft rubber tip at the end to mimic the touch of human skin.

Take a Tip from ... Dashing Diva’s Pattie Yankee

November 1, 2010 | Article

Dashing Diva director of education, Pattie Yankee, gives some sound advice on preserving your nail art products as you beautify from one customer to the next.

Market Minx as a Natural Alternative

October 1, 2010 | Article

It’s not so surprising that a spa offering acupuncture, Ayurvedic counseling, and herbal consultations should shun traditional nail polish and artificial nails. Until recently The Dragontree Holistic Day Spa at the Portland International Airport turned away customers looking for nail care. In May the spa modified its menu to include manis and pedis with two options — a simple buff or Minx nail coatings.

Portrait of a Winner

October 1, 2010 | Article

NAILS’ Self-Portrait Contest has taken an international turn this year—the winner is Sri Lanka-based K. Prasad Silva Rajapaksa. A nail technician at Salon Cheveux in Colombo, Rajapaksa wowed the judges with her detailed depiction of herself. Closer to home, Alice Norton, a tech at Sydney Albert SalonSpa in Princeton, N.J., took second place and Shamina J. Di Mauro of Advanced Images and Nail Center in Baldwin, N.Y., claimed third.

Trend Watch: Menswear for Women

October 1, 2010 | Article

Inspired by the polished looks of the opposite sex, women are donning softer versions of men’s staples like fitted blazers, pinstripes, and button-down shirts.

Stunning Stilettos and More

October 1, 2010 | Article

Intricate floral stiletto nails won the NSI Free-hand Nail Art Competition, an online photo competition that invited nail techs from around the globe to use NSI acrylic or gel to create nail art designs. The entries were judged by Vicki Peters, Denise Wright, and Debbie Doerrlamm, who looked for difficulty of design, use of color, originality, overall enhancement design, and first impression (or the “wow” factor).

Perfect Lines on Gels for Nail Art

October 1, 2010 | Article

Gina Silvestro, educator for Akzéntz, offers this advice on how to get clear and crisp lines on gel nail art. “I’ve been doing this for a few months now, and people can never figure out how I get such clean lines with gel art. When using gel for art and designs, it can be very difficult to achieve fine lines because if you brush gel art onto the tacky layer of gel it often spreads.

BeautyTech.com Sponsors Online Contest For High-Tech Nail Artists

October 1, 2010 | Article

Sponsored by WWWeb Services and BeautyTech.com, the 2010 Strut Your Stuff Nail Art and Enhancement Contest will feature two categories: Enhancement and Mixed-Media Nail Art. There will be a junior and senior division in each category. The contest takes place on the BeautyTech website and runs from October 1-31, 2010.

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