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London Nailympics Draws Competitors From Around the Globe

January 1, 2011  | Article

On September 19-20, some of the best nail artists in the world gathered to take part in the sixth annual London Nailympics at the Olympia Beauty Show in London.

Keywords: competitions   international   nail art  

Behind the Scenes: A Woman of Many Talents

December 1, 2010  | Demo

Vicki Peters has worn many hats in the nail world. And that’s to be expected since she’s a 30-year veteran of this industry she loves so much.

Keywords: acrylics   Behind the Scenes   pink-and-whites   Vicki Peters  

A Brush of Many Bristles

December 1, 2010  | Article

Having the perfect set of brushes for any type of application would be a nail tech’s dream come true, so Star Nail’s global education director Elaine Watson came up with the new Master Tech Tool Kit. Watson wanted something that could easily travel with her to international seminars for demos and teaching, and carrying a brush for each demo was just not working out for her any longer.

Keywords: acrylics   business cards   Star Nail Products  

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

November 22, 2010  | Photo Gallery

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  

Strut Your Stuff Nail Art Contest 2002-2008

November 22, 2010  | Photo Gallery

Started in 2002, the Beautytech Strut Your Stuff online nail art and enhancement contest has truly become an international event, with entrants from such far-flung locales as Tokyo, Singapore, Poland, and the Netherlands.

Keywords: 3-D nail art   competitions   contests   handpainted nail art   international  

Extreme Embedding

November 17, 2010  | Article

We asked fans on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nailsmag) to send us a picture of the most interesting thing they’ve ever embedded in a nail. From beads and feathers to hay (yes, hay!), here’s a look at a few of the images we received.

Keywords: embedded acrylics   embedded nail art   embellishments   gels   nail art  

Fruity French

November 17, 2010  | Demo

Nails by Jade Sewell, Just Nails, Great Falls, Mont.

Keywords: colored acrylics   French nail art   nail art  

Brush Stroke of Genius

November 17, 2010  | Article

Disappointed that hairstylists have an abundance of edgy, beautiful tools (like tatted up blow dryers and flat irons), while nail techs have fewer choices when it comes to stylish implements, Anna Cobasky, salon owner and operator of Salon Designs in Glendale, Ariz., decided to give her nail brushes an edgy twist.

Keywords: business cards   implements   nail trends  

A Hand to Train On

November 15, 2010  | Article

The training hand has a moveable arm in similar length to a human’s, which can hold the hand in place at any angle. The hand has moveable joints for each knuckle, and a soft rubber tip at the end to mimic the touch of human skin.

Keywords: educational materials   nail art   nail art supplies  

Design #30: Poinsettia (designed by Christie Gibson)

November 12, 2010  | Demo

Fade Royal Red Glitter near the smile line.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   glitter nail art   holidays   nail art   Young Nails  

Design #29: Sunflowers (designed by Christie Gibson)

November 10, 2010  | Demo

Apply a small amount of Metallic Gold in corners of the smile line.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   nail art   Young Nails  

Design #28: Fall Leaves (designed by Christie Gibson)

November 8, 2010  | Demo

Mix Royal Red and Fortune Glitter and apply thin layer to the tip.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   nail art   Young Nails  

Design #27: Blue Fade (designed by Christie Gibson)

November 4, 2010  | Demo

Fade a small wet bead of Black Acrylic at the smile line.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   nail art   Young Nails  

Behind the Scenes: Leaving on a Jet Plane

November 1, 2010  | Demo

Elaine Watson, global education director for Star Nail International, sculpted this month’s autumn leaves for the cover. Because the nails were leaf-shaped at the free edge, she didn’t have to do any file-finish work, so the application was actually remarkably quick.

Keywords: acrylics   Behind the Scenes   nail art   Star Nail Products  

Design #25: Patchwork Art (designed by Christie Gibson)

October 29, 2010  | Demo

Apply a small patch of Metallic Blue Acrylic to the nail.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   nail art   Young Nails  

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