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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  

Agents of Style: Nail Art on a Mission

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While providing only minimal directions and options, the editors at NAILS commissioned five nails agents to create individual works of art on three separate missions.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art   special occasion nails  

Rhinestones Are a Girl's Best Friend

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Never mind diamonds. Get your clients’ nails sparkling and looking like a million bucks with a dose of rhinestones.

Keywords:  mixed-media nail art   nail art   rhinestones  

In Living Color

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Forget flat nail art. It's all about sparkling, bright, 3D designs that are guaranteed to catch anyone's eye. We asked several nail artists to go all out and create fun-colored acrylic designs that are far from dull.

Keywords:  3D nail art   animal print nail art   flowers   nail art  

Memorable Art Launches NAILS First Mural Contest

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Spectacular. Amazing. Impressive. You can take your pick of adjectives, since all of them describe the quality and range of entries to NAILS' first Nail Mural Contest.

Keywords:  mural contest   nail art   nail art contests   nail art murals  

Portrait Painters Face Off

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Take a look at the faces of our winners and some other mighty talented techs.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art   nail art contests  

Ogle the Alternatives (Nail Designs, That Is)

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The Alternative Nail Awards 2000, sponsored by Creative Nail Design, spurred many nail technicians to create some truly incredible visuals.

Keywords:  CND   nail art   nail art contests  

A Decade of Artistry

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These hand-painted and airbrushed works show the very best of reader nail art during the last decade. Delicate flowers, wild animals, and abstract designs are just some of the creative works that have graced the pages of NAILS throughout the years. 

Keywords:  nail art  

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