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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.

What Is…Sailor Chic?

June 1, 2010 | Article

Nautical stripes, calming blues, and elements like anchors say bon voyage to the confines of the boating world and hello to the mainstream.

Knockout Nails with a Punch

June 1, 2010 | Article

A clever spin on nail art can come from a simple craft corner border hole punch. AII global educator MaeLing Parrish explains how she spreads soak-off gels flat over a piece of plastic and pops imprints out of them with a border punch. (According to Parrish, she uses soak-off gels because they are soft and flexible and don’t crack like traditional gels when they are used with a hole punch.) Take a look at these steps and see if you can score a knockout of your own.

What Is…Sportswear?

May 1, 2010 | Article

Sport the latest trend as team stripes, padded football shoulders, and utilitarian touches like snap closures turn athletic-inspired apparel into streetwear.

A Form for the Edges

May 1, 2010 | Article

When it comes to making edge nails, the most important part of the sculpt is to have a crisply creased form so the acrylic falls perfectly into place and gives you that nice edgy look.

Cocktails, Anyone?

May 1, 2010 | Article

The Cocktails, Anyone? theme for the hand-painted nail art contest inspired these great winners.

What Is...Splattered Color?

April 1, 2010 | Article

Speckles and drips make fashion pop this spring.

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