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NAILS has 28 years' worth of Demos and How-tos for you to review and learn new techniques. Click through to this section, organized by articles that are either demos or step-by-steps, and see Signature Services, Service Recipes, Product Demos from manufacturers, and other how-tos from NAILS.

Behind the Scenes: Tortoiseshell Nails

October 17, 2016  | Demo

Simone Gilbert of Victoria, Australia created this cover look using a blend of gel paints, foil, and amber gemstones.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   doing nails for photo shoots   foils   gels   mixed-media nail art  

Signature Services: Tickled Pink Spa Pedicure

August 16, 2016  | Demo

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This luxurious pedicure is perfect for the client who needs an extra soothing, pampering pedicure. Custom-made lavender-scented products will ease her into deep relaxation, beginning with a hydrotherapy salt soak and ending with a deep, hydrating massage.

Behind the Scenes: Sand On Your Toes Nail Art

August 1, 2016  | Demo

This month’s cover tech Elsbeth Schuetz discovered a gorgeous way to use sand in her nail art, creating an easy and unique embossed design.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   doing nails for photo shoots   Elsbeth Schuetz   gel toenails   Orly  

Signature Services: Lemon Lime Pedicure

July 22, 2016  | Demo

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Pamper your client’s feet with a warm bath of lemon and sea salt, followed by a warm paraffin wax treatment. A soothing lotion massage and gentle grooming prepares her nails for the polish color of her choice.

Keywords: citrus-themed services   CND   service recipes   Signature Services  

Modern Lace Nail Art Using CND Flirtation Collection

July 12, 2016  | Demo

Recreate this CND look inspired by modern lace and embroidery for delicate and refined glamour. 

Keywords: CND   CND Additives   Nail Art Tutorial   pigments  

Abalone Shell-Inspired Nail Art

July 12, 2016  | Demo

Add a dramatic effect to nails by boosting shine using Venus Beauty System’s Mirror Effect Gel.

Keywords: gel-polish   geode nail art   Nail art  

Behind the Scenes: Lady Gaga Bubble Nails

July 1, 2016  | Demo

Power Bows: NTNA Top 3 Celina Rydén creates a Lady Gaga-inspired nail design for the July 2016 issue of NAILS.

Keywords: 3D nail art   Behind the Scenes   Celina Ryden   cover techs   doing nails for photo shoots  

How to Apply Colored Dip Powders

June 14, 2016  | Demo

Manicuring instructor Rosa Vargas demonstrates how she teaches dip ­system application to future nail techs.


Keywords: acrylic dip powder   acrylics   colored acrylics   dipping systems  

Signature Services: Footlogix Relaxing Hot Stone Pedicure

May 17, 2016  | Demo

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This pedicure will target cracked, dry feet by using a seaweed scrub to exfoliate, followed by a luxurious foot massage using heated stones. This treatment will relax your clients, and smooth and soften feet.

Keywords: footlogix   hot stones   service recipes   Signature Services  

Signature Services: Toasted Coconut Hot chocolate Pedicure

May 17, 2016  | Demo

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This skin-smoothing treatment is crisp yet sweetly comforting. A creamy milk bath with coconut milk and chicory root soothes before a thorough exfoliation. A chocolate mask, rich in CoQ10, provides antioxidants and nourishment, breathing new life into your clients’ skin. A shea and cocoa butter massage finish leaves skin with warm, sweet notes of coconut.

Keywords: coconut services   Farmhouse Fresh   service recipes   shea butter   Signature Services  

Nail Art Studio: Fields of Glass

May 5, 2016  | Demo

Lenzi Brock shows how to incorporate mylar to accent a nail design. 

Keywords: Entity Beauty   mylar   Nail art   shattered glass nails   summer nail art  

Nail Art Studio: Neon Funk

May 5, 2016  | Demo

Lexi Martone mixes up textures and neon shades for a summer look. 

Keywords: acrylics   Lexi Martone   Nail art   neon nail art   summer nail art  

Sweater Nail Art with N.O.Q. Gelly Queen 3-D Gel

May 3, 2016  | Demo

Now you can create 3-D, embossed nail designs even faster and easier. 

Keywords: 3-D gel art   embossing   gels   textured nails  

Young Nails SlickPour Powder Coat System

May 3, 2016  | Demo

With a service that’s clean and fast, you’ll discover the durability and staying power of the glossy powder coat finish.

Keywords: powder coat acrylics   Young Nails  

Behind the Scenes: Owl Nails Taking Flight

May 1, 2016  | Demo

It’s been a whirlwind year for Winnie Huang, this month’s cover tech and the winner of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist for Season Three.

Keywords: 3D nail art   animal nail art   Behind the Scenes   doing nails for photo shoots   floral nail art  

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