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International Sensations: Swedish Nail Art

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Our friends at Swedish nail magazine naglar i norden turned us on to two nail sensations in Europe: Iryna Giblett and Margarita Belska.

Keywords:  international   nail art  

Mini-Masterpiece Contest Winners Revealed (2008)

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For the second year in a row, the extraordinary talent of nail tech Dawn Minton won over the judges of NAILS’ annual Mini-Masterpiece Contest. 

Keywords:  contests   mini masterpiece   nail art  

Pardon My French

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Break free of the usual pink-and-white constraints with this creative gallery of alternative French nail art styles. Get inspired with bold colors, unique filing, and clever smile lines.

Keywords:  French manicures   French nail art   nail art  

In the Holiday Spirit

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The winter holidays are the perfect time to offer your clients customized nail art designs. NAILS tasked six nail artists with creating wearable, abstract designs that feature the colors of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve.

Keywords:  holiday nail art   nail art   seasonal nail art  

Valentine’s Nail Art in the Blink of an Eye

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As February 14 swiftly approaches, your clients are increasing their requests for nail art with hearts, flowers, and all things pink and red. We've got you covered with these designs that will get clients in, out, and on the way to their romantic rendezvous.

 

Keywords:  acrylics   CND   colored acrylics   Essie   French manicures  

Show Those Toes

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With summertime heating up, clients are going to be eager to show off some bare feet and cool their heels, and what better way to sport the look than with some fun and fashionable acrylic toenail art.

Keywords:  colored acrylics   nail art   seasonal nail art  

12 Days of Nail Art

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Twelve nail artists take on the classic "Twelve Days of Christmas!"

Keywords:  Christmas nail art   handpainted nail art   holiday nail art   holidays   nail art  

12 Days of Nail Art

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In the spirit of the season, 12 nail artists from around the country came together to create a unique handpainted feat – "The Twelve Days of Christmas," the nail art rendition.

Keywords:  Christmas nail art   handpainted nail art   holiday nail art  

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — so goes the saying that describes what the bride should wear on her wedding day. Six techs make it a little easier for the bride to accommodate her “something blue” with handpainted toenail art using only the colors blue, silver, and white.

Keywords:  bridal nail art   toenail art   wedding styles  

Tiny Brushes, Huge Talents, Old Masters (NAILS Mini-Masterpiece Nail Art Contest)

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"Crazy good" is how one of our judges described the extraordinary batch of entries we received for our Mini Masterpiece contest. With jaw-dropping precision and exceptional skill, our readers managed to successfully capture the essence of many of the world's most celebrated paintings on a tiny nail tip.

Keywords:  mini masterpiece   nail art   nail art contests  

A+ Nail Art for Mother's Day

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NAILS gave a talented class of veteran nail artists a May assignment typical for many kids: make a piece of art that is dedicated to your mother. Although they’re not in elementary school anymore, these children created artwork their moms are sure to be proud of.

Keywords:  Mother's Day   Mother's Day nail art  

Cover Tech Winner: It's Berry Nice

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Congratulations to NAILS' 2007 Cover Tech Contest winner Doan Hoelsher of DoaNails in Fort Collins, CO. Hoelsher created a feast for the eyes with her sumptuous strawberry-themed design. We're delighted to share the winning images with you, along with a selection of our favorite entries. Our thanks to everyone who submitted photos for sharing your artistry with us.

Keywords:  Cover Tech Contest   cover techs   handpainted nail art   nail art  

Strong-Art Them!

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Nail art can be an amazing thing. Everything you include in it — from color to shape to the client’s passion — is powerful. To remind you how the simplest things can have huge meaning, we assigned 11 techs to punch things up with powerful tips.

Keywords:  Elaine Watson   Elsbeth Schuetz   nail art   Sue Schultes  

The Honor of Your Nail Art Is Requested

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To help your client portray her individuality, we have 20 tips to inspire you — whether she be traditional, modern, funky, or just wanting to get on to her honeymoon destination.

Keywords:  bridal nail art   bridal styles   French twists   nail art   wedding styles  

Iron Techs: Creative Techs Work With What They're Given

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We gave 10 innovative nails techs a hodge-podge of items and instructed them to create five nail tips using only the items in their box full of goodies. As you can see, all came away with different creations using exactly the same materials.

Keywords:  CND   competitions   Essie   It's So Easy   mixed-media nail art  

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