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What Is…Military Couture?

February 1, 2010 | Article

Civilian versions of military apparel — from gold buttons and tassels to military jackets (a la Michael Jackson) and camouflage — are a timely trend.

A Conversation with the 2009 Contessa Winners

February 1, 2010 | Article

The Contessas are an annual beauty award program that shows off the best Canada’s salon professionals have to offer.

Take a Tip from ... Art Club’s Mare Horak

January 1, 2010 | Article

National educator for Art Club and Color Club, Mare Horak explains how she keeps embellishments on natural nail clients.

What Is…’80s Glam?

January 1, 2010 | Article

Go back to the 1980s with an updated take on the sparkly, brightly colored, ruffle-laden looks that were characteristic of a fashion decade.

Fabulous Fimo

January 1, 2010 | Article

The popularity of fimo cane nail art extends around the globe, as evidenced by these creative entries in the Aussie Nail Tips Forum’s Fimo Nail Competition.

Her Art Is Part of History

December 1, 2009 | Article

A combination of artistic talent and civic pride gave Kathleen M.M. Ringwood-Wood the opportunity of a lifetime. “I was chosen as the artist in residence to represent my city, the beautiful City of Poughkeepsie, for the opening of the Walkway Over The Hudson, a historic railroad bridge, built in 1888, that was turned into the world’s highest and longest pedestrian walkway,” says Ringwood-Wood, owner of My Nails Rock! in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

What Is…Damask?

December 1, 2009 | Article

Elaborate patterns, often geometric or botanical, that have their origins as a weaving style in the Middle Ages but today have expanded to curtains, wallpaper, apparel, and accessories.

Airbrush Basics

December 1, 2009 | Article

Using an airbrush is a great way to expand your nail art creativity if you’re hesitant about your handpainting skills. Airbrush kits typically consist of stencils and paints that are used to quickly and easily spray intricate designs onto nails, and airguns typically come in single-action and dual-action.

Unleashing a Beauty Monster

December 1, 2009 | Article

If you’ve heard of nail polish fanatic Amanda Mayton, you most likely know her by her alias: Dr. Frankenpolish.

From Fantasy to Reality

November 1, 2009 | Article

Nail artist Sam Lynam of Arabella Nails in Bedfordshire, U.K., has developed a unique nail form to assist techs in creating fantasy nail art designs.

Nail Artists: Send Us Your Murals

November 1, 2009 | Article

Once again we’re asking all you talented techs to submit your finest work to NAILS’ Nail Mural Contest.

What Is…Biker Chic?

November 1, 2009 | Article

Characterized by bold leather and metallic studs and zippers, a glammed-up version of the biker look is gaining horsepower in fashion circles.

Uh-Oh Spaghetti-Stones

October 1, 2009 | Article

Star Nail’s global education director Elaine Watson offers this innovative technique for rhinestone placement.

Make Your Own Nail Art Decals

October 1, 2009 | Article

Use a computer-compatible label printer to design make-your-own nail art decals.

What Is…Ikat?

October 1, 2009 | Article

Thought to have originated in Asia, ikat is a fabric dyeing process similar to tie-dye; the designs frequently feature circles or stripes.

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