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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.

The Right Brush

September 1, 2010 | Article

When it comes to nail art, it isn’t a one-brush-will-do kind of situation. With the proper brush, a tech can create everything from thin detailed lines, to color-blended shadows, and even elaborate flowers.

The Nail Aquatic with Glam and Glits

September 1, 2010 | Article

For deep-diving nail techs, Glam and Glits has a new Aquarium nail tip that enables techs to easily create the fabled water bubble nails. The clear tips are manufactured with a slender pocket to hold the company’s patented Aqua20 non-evaporating liquid, into which techs put small glitter and rhinestones and then seal and cap with a UV sealant.

Nail Art Gallery Pro: Carlapatra

September 1, 2010 | Article

Carla Foster, of Carla Foster Nails in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, prefers UV gels as her medium of choice when it comes to nail art — which may come as a surprise to many nail artists (especially in the United States) who think gels aren’t workable for detailed designs.

What Are...the Fall Color Trends?

September 1, 2010 | Article

Designers continue to exhibit a degree of caution for fall 2010, yet offer a palette of beauty and excitement with a blending of colors, some with similar undertones, in surprising and intriguing combinations.

Perfect Palette

August 1, 2010 | Article

Don your berets, because Orly’s new Instant Artist Collection promises to help you achieve clean, precise, and colorful nail art designs at every skill level. The collection features 24 water-based shades that each come with a tapered brush for exact placement. The collection also includes four tools: a detailer brush, striper brush, dotter duo, and design tear-off cards that offer suggested step-by-steps.

What Is...Rorschach Inkblot-inspired?

August 1, 2010 | Article

Designers express their personalities with patterns resembling the bilaterally symmetrical inkblots of the osychological Rorschach test.

What Is…Fruit-inspired Fashion?

July 1, 2010 | Article

Fruit-inspired colors and patterns brighten up summer styles, as the noted look of Carmen Miranda moves to the next level.

Airbrushing Basics

June 1, 2010 | Article

Though an airbrush gun can be an expensive purchase, it can quickly pay for itself in nail art add-ons that clients will love.

On My Mind: What Inspires You?

June 1, 2010 | Article

By definition, inspiration is a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation, or the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.

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