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2010 Mini-Masterpiece Contest Winners

Style > 15 Photos

Take a look at the 2010 Mini-Masterpiece winners, including the “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by winner Maki Otani.

 

Keywords:  contests   mini masterpiece   mixed-media nail art   nail art  

Fall 2010 Nail Trends from Fashion Week

Style > 52 Photos

Greige, variations of the moon manicure, and gritty textured nails were the hot nail looks on the runways at New York Fall Fashion Week, which took place last spring. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the September 2010 issue of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords:  celebrities   China Glaze   CND   Dashing Diva   fashion  

A Day at the Beach

Style > 7 Photos

Sand, surf, and shells are three huge indicators of the arrival of summer. Get inspired by these beach-themed nail art designs, as you and your clients enjoy the season.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   mixed-media nail art   nail art   seasonal nail art  

Nail Art Gallery Launch Party and BeautyTech Networking BBQ

Style > 20 Photos

On Sunday, June 6, 2010, BeautyTech (www.beautytech.com) and NAILS Magazine partnered for a very special networking event bringing together close to 200 nail techs to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, and win a ton of great prizes.

Keywords:  nail art   networking  

Nail Art: Flights of Fancy

Style > 6 Photos

With spring right on our doorstep, we wondered what nail artists would send us when given the task of creating a “flock” of bird-themed nail art. From actual feathers and birdseed, to meticulously hand-painted bird portraits, these nail designs are certain to take flight with your clients.

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   mixed-media nail art   nail art  

Budding Gels

Technique > 20 Photos

As gels increase in popularity, manufacturers plant a wider variety of color gels into their lines so techs can match the different seasons.  From pastel pinks to bold blues and pretty purples in-between, here’s a sampling of the latest spring gel collections.

Keywords:  Akzentz   Backscratchers   Bellissima   Bio Sculpture Gel   CND  

Life is a Carnival: 2010 Mural Contest Winners

Style > 7 Photos

It was the undeniable artistry and sheer beauty of Jennifer Wirth’s carousel-themed mural that earned it the top spot in this year’s NAILS’ Nail Mural Contest.

Keywords:  3-D nail art   acrylics   contests   embellishments   mixed-media nail art  

Spring Polish Preview 2010: Out with the Old, in with the Bold

Style > 23 Photos

BIG. BOLD. BRIGHT. COLOR. That’s what we thought when we opened the 2010 spring polish collections. This season’s new nail colors are the brightest, boldest, most vibrant hues we’ve seen in years.

Keywords:  Chi   China Glaze   CND   Color Club   Diamond Cosmetics  

My Little Black Book (And Other Organizational Secrets)

Style > 10 Photos

Nail techs share how they keep their work spaces clutter-free and ready to go.

Keywords:  organization   organizing supplies   salon decor/design  

Spring 2010 Color Trends from the Pantone Institute

Style > 11 Photos

Designers bring splashes of sunshine to the runway for spring 2010. Vibrant brights add a sense of excitement to the color palette, while practical neutrals provide a safety net for cautious consumers. “Now more than ever, women are vigilant when it comes to spending,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Instead of reinventing their wardrobe at the start of each season, consumers want pieces to complement what they already own. Pairing a bold color with a basic piece or freshening up their look with bright accents addresses the need for practicality, as well as fun.”

Keywords:  fashion   seasonal nail art   trends  

Products by Nail Techs, For Nail Techs

Business > 30 Photos

Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, these nail techs have created a wide array of products that are perfect for the salon. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the January 2010 issue of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords:  aromatherapy   colored acrylics   colored gels   competition products   ergonomic products  

Matte is the New Black

Style > 14 Photos

Once relegated to men, a matte finish is now being touted by women everywhere as a fresh, edgy, and confident style. The lack of glossiness increases the impact of the polish color itself, letting it “wow” without any distractions.

Keywords:  Barielle   BB Couture   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

Spring 2010 Nail Trends from Fashion Week

Style > 68 Photos

Matte finishes, moon manicures, metallics, and nudes made up an exciting nail scene at New York Fashion Week, which took place September 10-17. This gallery is an expanded version of the article in the February 2010 issue of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords:  Barielle   celebrities   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

NAILS Readers' Choice Awards 2009

Style > 50 Photos

So what are your favorite products? We’ve tallied the votes and are happy to announce the winners of the 2009 NAILS Readers’ Choice Awards.

Keywords:  Akzentz   Backscratchers   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

Enter the Holidays Retail Ready

Style > 30 Photos

 Manufacturers have come out with a ton of new products for this upcoming holiday season to help techs and owners increase a little on retail and get a boost in a tough year. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.

Keywords:  holiday products   holiday retailing   retail merchandising   retailing  

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