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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.

Nail Art News: Nail Art Abroad

April 1, 2005 | Article

Toronto nail tech says that neons are popular, while Germany-based nail artist is seeing florals. 

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.

Brenda's Nail Art Rocks

June 1, 2004 | Article

An accomplished artist who has sold her oil paintings, Mary L. Piper was the second runner-up in our 2002 contest.

Weave a Dream Design

January 1, 2004 | Article

If you’ve ever made a cherry pie, you might be familiar with the technique required to create nail tech Kazuko Tomiyama’s intricate lattice nail design.

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.

Playing With Fall Colors

November 1, 2003 | Article

Autumn is here and that means nail polish colors have taken on a decidedly warmer tone. We asked several nail artists to come up with fun abstract designs using colors reminiscent of fall that fit in perfectly with this season's polish shades.

Fabric Adds to the Fun

November 1, 2003 | Article

Fabric and texture can be used to enliven the nails and coordinate with clothing.

Tough Girls Get Lace-Up Nails

November 1, 2003 | Article

Corset-inspired lace-up nails make a "bad girl" statement.

Blown Away - Airbrush Techniques and Troubleshooting

October 1, 2003 | Article

There are those clients who forgo nail art for the sake of a French manicure or a crisp seasonal polish. This doesn't always bode well for nail techs who long to get more use out of their airbrush. Here we show you how to hook non-nail art clients on airbrushed nails by offering a level of personalization and service that polish alone can't provide.

Aussie Techs Are Awesome (Australian Alternative Nail Awards)

July 1, 2003 | Article

The annual competition gave techs a chance to highlight their advanced skill and creative vision.

Animal lover commemorates her pets

May 1, 2003 | Article

Lillian Tsui paints her animals' portraits on nails.

Behind the Scenes: From Russia , With Style

April 1, 2003 | Article

This month’s cover comes to you all the way from Russia. Russian women are very fashion-conscious and feminine in their styles. With a full set of nails costing around $120 U.S. dollars (and rebalances costing $60) not all women can afford enhancements, but a growing number of women visit salons regularly.

Contest Showcases Canadian Nail Artists

April 1, 2003 | Article

The competition categories were Hand-Painted Work and The Stuff of Nail Art, which included airbrushing, jewels, colored acrylic or gels, and glitters.

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