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Stunning Stilettos and More

October 1, 2010  | Article

Intricate floral stiletto nails won the NSI Free-hand Nail Art Competition, an online photo competition that invited nail techs from around the globe to use NSI acrylic or gel to create nail art designs. The entries were judged by Vicki Peters, Denise Wright, and Debbie Doerrlamm, who looked for difficulty of design, use of color, originality, overall enhancement design, and first impression (or the “wow” factor).

Keywords: acrylics   competitions   contests   gels   nail art  

Hand and Nail Harmony Reveal Gel

October 1, 2010  | Demo

Reveal by Hand and Nail Harmony are UV- or LED-cured gels that bond to the natural nail using a fused keratin bonding system without the use of harsh acids for retention. With whites, clears, and pinks, these gels can define any look, and with the faster cure times of LED lights techs can save up to 20 minutes on total service time.

Keywords: gels   Hand & Nail Harmony  

Perfect Lines on Gels for Nail Art

October 1, 2010  | Article

Gina Silvestro, educator for Akzéntz, offers this advice on how to get clear and crisp lines on gel nail art. “I’ve been doing this for a few months now, and people can never figure out how I get such clean lines with gel art. When using gel for art and designs, it can be very difficult to achieve fine lines because if you brush gel art onto the tacky layer of gel it often spreads.

Keywords: Akzentz   gels   nail art  

Easy Prints You Can Do At Home

October 1, 2010  | Demo

Young Nails educator G. Elizondo has perfected using shrunken-down printed images that she embeds in nail art. The images are made on her printer by her daughter, and the quality is pretty good, making current pop culture nail art an easy feat.

Keywords: embedded nail art   nail art  

BeautyTech.com Sponsors Online Contest For High-Tech Nail Artists

October 1, 2010  | Article

Sponsored by WWWeb Services and BeautyTech.com, the 2010 Strut Your Stuff Nail Art and Enhancement Contest will feature two categories: Enhancement and Mixed-Media Nail Art. There will be a junior and senior division in each category. The contest takes place on the BeautyTech website and runs from October 1-31, 2010.

Keywords: contests   nail art  

Design #11: Squiggle Swirls

September 21, 2010  | Demo

Build a full structure nail with Cover Pink. The nail can be either built square or stiletto.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   nail art   Young Nails  

Catch the Momentum

September 1, 2010  | Article

With social networking, manufacturers’ advertising, and insider support, techs can be in the perfect position to catch the momentum when a wave of national attention sweeps over our industry. Are you poised to harness the power of the consumer press the next time there’s big news in our industry?

Keywords: adding new services   business   keeping your business competitive   marketing/promotions   social media  

Nail Art Gallery Pro: Carlapatra

September 1, 2010  | Article

Carla Foster, of Carla Foster Nails in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, prefers UV gels as her medium of choice when it comes to nail art — which may come as a surprise to many nail artists (especially in the United States) who think gels aren’t workable for detailed designs.

Keywords: colored gels   gels   nail art  

Star Nail’s The Pretty Tough Manicure Soak-Off UV Gel Master Kit

September 1, 2010  | Demo

Be the mastermind behind your salon’s success with Star Nail’s new Eco The Pretty Tough Manicure Soak-Off UV Gel Master Kit. Lasting longer than traditional polish, Pretty Tough Soak-Off Gels guarantee a two-week manicure with no smudging or chipping. The kit includes 22 fashion-forward colors, plus brushes, a UV light, soak-off solution, and an instructional DVD.

Keywords: colored gels   gels   nail art   soak-off gels   Star Nail Products  

Polish That Lasts and Lasts

August 19, 2010  | News

Soak-off gels are on Cosmopolitan's Hot Sheet for August.

Keywords: CND   consumer press   gels   OPI Products   soak-off gels  

Bellisima Bella Shine Top Coat

August 17, 2010  | Product

Bellisima's Bella Shine Top Coat is a UV gel top coat that can dry without a UV lamp. The top coat has a thin viscosity fOr quick dry times but seals to a strong and protective layer to keep enhancements safe from yellowing and chipping.

Keywords: Bellissima   gel top coats   UV top coats  

Young Nails White Sculpture Gel

August 17, 2010  | Product

Young Nails' White Sculpture Gel is a bright clean, pure white gel formulated to cure rock hard with a 9-watt bulb. The gel self-levels to a smooth, glassy surface, and lasts longer without chipping so you can charge more while working smarter and faster.

Keywords: gels   Young Nails  

Bio Sculpture USA Professional Starter Kit

August 17, 2010  | Product

Bio Sculpture USA's Professional Starter Kit includes everything you need to start offering a complete line of BioSculpture Gel services. The gels are odorless and require no primers or base coats.

Keywords: Bio Sculpture Gel   gels   starter kits  

Daylight Duo Design UV Lamp

August 17, 2010  | Product

Daylight’s new Duo Design UV Lamp is a 36-watt manicure and pedicure lamp that ensures maximum light on the nails for optimal results.

Keywords: Daylight   polish-drying products   UV lights  

NSI Balance UV Color Gels

August 1, 2010  | Demo

NSI’s Balance UV Color Gels have exceptional strength and adhesion and come in 49 colors that can be easily blended together. Balance UV Gels have a thicker consistency for deeper color intensities, so clients will be wowed by your nail art, two-tone Frenches, and permanent polishes. Application is quick and easy and cures in two minutes flat with a full hand lamp.

Keywords: colored gels   gels   NSI  

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