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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.

Uniting the Young, Urban, and Artistic Crowd

April 1, 2010 | Article

Sharmadean Reid, salon owner, magazine founder, blogger, and stylist, brings nail art to London with the trendy WAH Nails salon, gathering a following of young, creative women.

Picture Perfect

April 1, 2010 | Article

You don’t have to live in a fashion mecca like New York City to find opportunities to have your best nail styles featured in a professional photo shoot. Take a page from the (ever-growing) book of Joy Yavenue, who enhances her nail art print and web portfolios by partnering with area entrepreneurs.

Fashionable Nails, Fashion Week Win

March 1, 2010 | Article

Nail artists compete in a challenge to win a trip to New York City Fall Fashion Week.

Artist Spotlight: G Elizondo

March 1, 2010 | Article

A well-known presence at every Young Nails tradeshow booth, G Elizondo has come a long way in her four-year nail career. The prolific artist posts her work regularly on BeautyTech.com and NailsMag.com forums, and has a knack for staying on top of the latest crazes in nail designs and pop culture. NAILS got a chance to talk to Elizondo about how she stays inspired.

Down Mexico Way

March 1, 2010 | Article

In September, Mexican nail techs gathered to compete at the Puerta Vallarta Nail Art Contest. Competitors had two hours to create a full set of decorated nails working solely by hand.

What Is…Military Couture?

February 1, 2010 | Article

Civilian versions of military apparel — from gold buttons and tassels to military jackets (a la Michael Jackson) and camouflage — are a timely trend.

A Conversation with the 2009 Contessa Winners

February 1, 2010 | Article

The Contessas are an annual beauty award program that shows off the best Canada’s salon professionals have to offer.

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