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Flags Give These Nail Designs a French Twist Flair

June 1, 2009 | Article

As our world becomes more accessible and international, NAILS thought it would be fun to put a global spin on the classic “French” nail. Experienced nail artist Becky Bence of Salon 505: The Day Spa in Austin, Texas, created these international “French” looks by using acrylic craft paint and the different nations’ flags as inspiration.

Vegas Fantasy

June 1, 2009 | Article

The theme was Las Vegas at the 7th International Nail Art Championship in Warsaw, Poland; the competition is part of the International Nail Care Forum and Fair and Nails Professional 2008. The winning designs showed a keen understanding of the glitzy U.S. city.

A Real Page-Turner

June 1, 2009 | Article

A Complete Guide to Nail Art and Decorative Manicure by Olga Petrova, Denis Bukin, and Maxim Bukin, is an English translation of a best-selling Russian nail art how-to guide.

15 Minutes of Frame

May 1, 2009 | Article

Clients of Illusions Nail Salon in Johnson City, Tenn., get an eyeful when they walk into the salon. Owners Thomasina Alexander and Wendy Allen have decorated the space with a Nail Art Wall of Fame, a framed, regularly updated assortment of 12 of their artistic creations.

What Is…Bollywood Chic?

May 1, 2009 | Article

Characterized by vibrant colors and eyecatching embellishments, Indian-inspired designs (à la Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto’s John Galliano dress at the Academy Awards) are the height of fashion.

How can nail techs be sure they aren’t compromising the strength of an enhancement by adding too many embellishments?

April 6, 2009 | Article

A current trend is to add glitter, mylar, and other embellishments to nail enhancements, but how can nail techs be sure they aren’t compromising the strength of the enhancement and causing premature service breakdown by adding too much? Sometimes the glitter tips I’ve sculpted break off at the free edge, causing clients to doubt my abilities. (This occurs more often in gels than acrylics.)

Instant Rock Star Toe Glitter Shakers

April 1, 2009 | Article

There’s a hot tip circulating among educators to help techs with their glitter applications.

Corsets, Of Course

April 1, 2009 | Article

These intricate designs, made from acrylic nail products, were winners of a Design-A-Corset Competition recently held in Australia.

What Are…Exaggerated Bows?

April 1, 2009 | Article

Enjoy these exaggerated bow-inspired nails.

Play Me a Song...

March 1, 2009 | Article

This musically-inspired nail art number was created by nail artist and piano player Alexandra Wittenmyer.

What Is...Avian-Inspired?

March 1, 2009 | Article

Bird and feather-related prints and designs are flying off of retail shelves.

What Is…Tweed?

February 1, 2009 | Article

Enjoy these tweed-inspired nails.

Clients Take a Walk on the Wild Side

February 1, 2009 | Article

As animal prints come back en vogue, the style pubs are making it their mission to help readers understand that it’s chic to wear…and best in small doses.

A Different Smile Line

January 26, 2009 | Article

This photo of Rihanna’s happy/sad face nails was all over the gossip rags and beauty publications after London’s Jingle Ball last month. And the consensus was that the nails Jingle Bell rocked.

What Are…Ruffles?

January 1, 2009 | Article

Enjoy these ruffle-inspired nails

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