Nail Art

Dedicated to the infinite joys of nail art and design: handpaint, airbrush, colored acrylics and gels.



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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

A Dot Disaster Averted

January 1, 2009 | Article

“It’s amazing how something so small can totally change your work life,” says G Elizondo, a nail tech at D’Hair To Be Different in Las Vegas, who until recently did what everybody else does: She placed a colored dot on the lids of the jars housing her colored acrylic and glitter mixes.

This Little Piggy Went Wow!

January 1, 2009 | Article

Nail art for one is the super-stylish way to make a statement this season.

It's Your Birthday Nail Art (January)

January 1, 2009 | Article

Michele Baker of Van Goe’s Salon and Day Spa in Cumming, Ga., is developing a year’s worth of nail art based on each month’s birth flower and birthstone to share with NAILS readers.

Clay Cane Challenge

December 1, 2008 | Article

Get inspired by the winners of this challenge for the best clay cane design.

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