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American Beauty: NAILS 2009 Mini Masterpiece Winners

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Take a look at these fabulous mini-masterpieces, including Megan Acevedo’s beautiful depiction of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Flour Mill.” 

Keywords:  contests   handpainted nail art   mini masterpiece   nail art  

Breast Cancer Awareness Nail Designs 2009: Symbols of Strength and Hope

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Let these nail art tips serve as inspiration for designs you might offer clients in the salon this October.

Keywords:  breast cancer awareness   handpainted nail art   nail art  

The [Four] Elements of Style

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The four classical elements — air, fire, earth, and water — have appeared over the ages in many different forms. We asked five nail artists for their own interpretations.

 

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art   rhinestones  

What nails did you wear at the show?

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NAILS takes you inside Premiere Orlando (2009), IBS Las Vegas (2009 and 2010), ISSE Long Beach (2010), and ABS Chicago (2010), to view the hottest nail styles at these prominent beauty trade shows.

Keywords:  nail art   tradeshows  

“I Do” Nails: What nail look were you sporting at your wedding?

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Whether fashion-forward, classic, or trendy, nail techs share the nail styles they were wearing at their own nuptials.

Keywords:  bridal nail art   embellishments   French manicures   nail art   seasonal nail art  

Love is in the Air - Expressive Valentine Designs

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Ah, Valentine’s Day. Your clients have love on their minds, and you want to create the perfect Valentine-themed designs to go along with their romantic moods. Four talented techs show us their Valentine’s Day nail art using only the colors red, pink, white, and silver. 

Keywords:  3-D nail art   handpainted nail art   nail art   special occasion nails   Valentine's Day nail art  

Mother's Day Nail Art

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NAILS has collected some inspired nail art from talented techs to represent some common mother stereotypes. These tips represent the spirit of four specific kinds: the sports mom, the stay-at-home mom, the working mom, and the rock star mom.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   Mother's Day   nail art   special occasion nails  

Hop to It [Easter Nail Art]

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Celebrate Spring with these nail art designs, inspired by colorful Easter eggs.

Keywords:  Easter nail art   holidays   nail art   seasonal nail art  

“Year of the Ox” Nail Art

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Celebrate the Vietnamese new year — which runs from Jan. 26, 2009 through Feb. 14, 2010 — with “Year of the Ox” nail art.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   handpainted nail art   nail art   nail art murals   special occasion nails  

Toes in Pastels

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Get your clients in a pedicure mood by adding a touch of pastel on their toes. Not only do light shades of green, pink, peach, and blue go hand in hand with the season, they also help liven up toes with a soft dose of color.

Keywords:  floral nail art   handpainted nail art   nail art   spring nail art  

Oh, Cupid! [A Valentine’s Day Nail Art Gallery]

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With bonus nail art not printed in NAILS Magazine, this gallery showcases stylish, salon-friendly Valentine’s Day designs.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   colored acrylics   colored gels   embedded acrylics   embellishments  

It's Your Birthday Nail Art

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How’s this for special birthday nail art customized for each month? 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.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   colored acrylics   competition products   embellishments   enhancements  

Where Nail Techs Find Inspiration for Their Designs

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From paintings to pieces of clothing to everyday street scenes, nail artists find myriad ways to get their creative juices flowing. We asked several nail artists to tell us what inspires them to create their miniature works of art -- and show us a few examples.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   embellishments   nail art  

Our Favorite Reader Nail Art for the Winter Holidays

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Whether your clients celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or celebrate nothing at all, you'll enjoy the ideas from our readers for seasonal nail art. Browse through these editor's favorites from nail art submitted by our readers over the years.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   holiday nail art   holiday products   nail art   seasonal nail art  

Multi [Nail] Denominational Nail Art

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We asked techs to make some holiday-inspired nail designs you can try for yourself this year. From Christmas to Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah to the Winter Solstice, we’ve got a design for everyone!

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   holiday products   holidays   nail art   seasonal nail art  

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