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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  

The Ultimate Nail Tech Toolkit

Style > 9 Photos

“Toolkits” don’t always have to include hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers. NAILS presents the ultimate guide to implements specifically for nail techs, plus a handy list of manufacturers that will help you complete your own collection.

Keywords:  brushes   FILES   implements   manicure accessories   nippers  

Happy Birthday, Barbie!

Style > 6 Photos

This year an American icon turned 50. And to help celebrate Barbie’s big day, we asked nail techs to honor her in their art. Cheers to you, Barbie, you look as good as ever!

Keywords:  handpainted nail art   nail art  

A Little Privacy, Please: Creating Privacy Without Actual Walls

Style > 9 Photos

Salon owners share how they created privacy in their salons without actual walls — using drapes, dividers, or whatever else was at their disposal.    

Keywords:  pedicure areas   pedicure equipment   remodeling   salon decor/design   salon furnishings  

American Beauty: NAILS 2009 Mini Masterpiece Winners

Style > 13 Photos

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  

How to Remove a Stain (Polish Preview: Fall 2009)

Style > 16 Photos

A modern spin on the classic 1950s “how to be a better housewife” tips, we’ve got you covered in common stain removal. And to put the final twist on it, we present you with a myriad of coffee, red wine, and lipstick stains all made out of this fall’s new polish collections.

Keywords:  Barielle   Chi   China Glaze   CND   Color Club  

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

Style > 5 Photos

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  

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