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Take a Tip from ... Star Nail's Elaine Watson

January 1, 2008 | Article

Elaine Watson — global education director and vice president of marketing for Star Nail — shares some of her favorite technical tips.

Around Asia in Many Manicures

November 1, 2007 | Article

In this travel journal, former NAILS associate editor Jayna Rust goes to Asia. From China to South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, she finds nail services everywhere (and happily tries them all out in order to report back to you).

Quebec Tech Shares Free-hand Marbling Method

August 1, 2007 | Article

Try this free-hand marbled French for a variation of the classic French Tip.

What's Your Sign?

March 1, 2007 | Article

Four starry-eyed nail techs show you acrylic nail art based on the signs of the March zodiac. Focusing on Pisces (February 20 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 20), these examples are sure to inspire you to create your own out-of-this-world designs.

Nail Art by the Numbers

March 1, 2007 | Article

An impressive 92.2% of nail techs offer nail art to clients, according to a survey conducted by NAILS.

Misa Takes Bridal Nails to a New Level

February 1, 2007 | Article

Satisfy everyone's taste with this imaginative assortment of bridal nails.

Add It Up

January 1, 2007 | Article

As an artist, you know that 1 + 1 doesn't always equal 2. Sometimes, it equals something even greater. We've asked several nail artists to combine the most basic nail art strokes with a little bit of creative addition to create designs that are even easier than grade-school math.

Hot Styles for Cool Weather

January 1, 2006 | Article

Inspired by Misa’s fall/winter lacquer collection, Femme, celebrity manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz creates six hot designs.

Poland: Acrylic Nails Dominate

December 1, 2005 | Article

Though fairly young by American standards, the Polish nail industry is well on its way to becoming a bigger player in the international nail market.

Remember: It's Just Paint

June 1, 2005 | Article

Award-winning nail tech Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. shares her tips on creating noteworthy nail art.

Oh, Boy: Avant-Garde Nail Designs for Men

June 1, 2005 | Article

It only takes a glance at the TV and a peek at a magazine rack to see male vanity basking in the mainstream. Men are embracing fashion, shopping, design, and grooming with unprecedented glee. So, just for kicks, we got two of the industry’s best-known nail artists to submit designs for men. With tough rocker and jock looks, these designs by Elsbeth Schuetz and Sheryl Macauley are a sign of the times.

Japan: Land of the Artistic Nailists

May 1, 2005 | Article

Japanese people place a high premium on personal appearance. Combined with plenty of disposable income, the typical Japanese consumer is able to dedicate substantial time and resources to her appearance. Beauty professionals reap the rewards of this interest and are well-compensated for their efforts.

Expand Your Repertoire by Learning to Create Fabric Nails

March 1, 2005 | Article

Elaine Watson, a nail tech and educator based in Tarzana, Calif., describes her technique for French fabric tips.

Color Chameleon

August 1, 2004 | Article

Colored acrylic powder is as versatile a medium as nail art paint, if not more so. From incredibly detailed designs to abstract stylings, the nail art possibilities are limitless. In the first part of a two-part series meant to illustrate the versatility of colored acrylic and showcase the talent of nail techs, we start you off with a few designs to experiment with.

Kudos for Online Competitors

January 1, 2004 | Article

Best of Stuff winner Janet Martin of South Charleston, W.V. earns a NAILS cover shoot along with her share of more than $8,000 in prizes.

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