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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.

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.

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