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Summer Nail Trend: Bright, Punchy Colors

July 1, 2009 | Article

Summer calls for manicures and pedicures in “notice-me” shades, the perfect complement to the season’s bright floral prints and gladiator sandals.

Summer Nail Trend: Handpainted Lace Enhancements

July 1, 2009 | Article

Set your clients up for summer lovin’ with delicate lace patterns, created with gels and airbrush paint.

Summer Nail Trend: Matte Finish

July 1, 2009 | Article

OPI and Zoya are both released matte-finish nail polishes this month, the perfect wear-if-you-dare trendsetting look.

An Open [Nail Art] Book

July 1, 2009 | Article

Brothers Robert and Vu Nguyen are stars on the nail competition circuit, have done nails for numerous magazine covers, and taught nail workshops nationwide. The duo now taps into their wealth of expertise with their release of 1-2-3 Nail Art, a series of nail art tutorial books that feature designs from beginner to advanced.

Going for a Spin

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Julia Barrios, ASP Aspire educator, Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Flower French

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Jayne Berger, Cissna Park, Ill.

Stars & Stripes Forever

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Ellen Nycz, Plainsboro, N.J.

Pure Patriot

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Joanne Truitt, Boca Nail Depot, Boca Raton, Fla.

Swirl Girl

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Jennifer Mather, Polished Nail Design Group Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Freedom Flight

July 1, 2009 | Article

Step-by-step by Brenda Baker, Miss LaVon’s Beauty College, Oklahoma City, Okla.

What Is...Sequined?

July 1, 2009 | Article

Embellished with disc-shaped shiny beads to add sparkle and reflect light.

Top Nails at Topshop

July 1, 2009 | Article

The much-anticipated grand opening of U.K. clothing retailer Topshop took Manhattan by storm in April, and nail techs Julia Werman, Mika Ogawa, and Maki Sakamoto (all of New York City nail salon Valley) were there to do mini-manicures on the customers. The techs polished the women’s fingernails with China Glaze’s Simply Stunning (a bronze), Recycle (gray), and Shocking Pink (hot pink).

Take a Tip From ... Color Club’s Mare Horak

July 1, 2009 | Article

Getting a good product application can be tough enough just using acrylics or gels, but when you start adding nail art embellishments like glass beads, crushed flowers, small rhinestones, or tiny seashells, you have to take extra care to prevent lifting. Art Club educator Mare Horak explains how she uses embellishments without compromising enhancement quality.

Behind the Scenes: It’s About Balance

June 1, 2009 | Article

A nail tech for 21 years, Bonnie Rios still gets excited about the nail industry. “I am constantly intrigued at the advances that occur over 10 little digits,” she says. But what really gets her excited is the art. “The ability to make each nail into a tiny self-expression that you can change at a whim is a great outlet for my creative side. And the bonus is I get paid to do it!”

Artist Spotlight: Kimberly Connolly-Preston

June 1, 2009 | Article

Kimberly Connolly-Preston has been doing nails for nine years, and her detailed work and craftsmanship have earned her a devout following among her clients at Exclusive Hair Designs in Kenton, Ohio, as well as first-prize in NAILS’ Mural Contest in March. NAILS got a chance to sit down with Preston and talk about some of her favorite works and how she got her start.

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