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Design #26: Gel Marble (designed by Christie Gibson)

November 2, 2010  | Demo

On a tile mix three shades of Blue/Green Kaleidoscope Gel, adding Black or White to get three shades in the same color family. With the darkest color, drag some random lines across the nail.

Keywords: 30 Designs in 90 Days   Nail Art   Young Nails  

The Next Generation of Polish

November 1, 2010  | Article

The new crop of UV-cured brush-on gel polishes has set the industry abuzz. But what exactly is the technology behind these so-called hybrids, and how can they affect your business?

Keywords: adding new services   Gels   soak-off gels   trends  

Take a Tip from ... Dashing Diva’s Pattie Yankee

November 1, 2010  | Article

Dashing Diva director of education, Pattie Yankee, gives some sound advice on preserving your nail art products as you beautify from one customer to the next.

Keywords: Dashing Diva   Gels   glitter   manufacturers educators   Nail Art  

My B.I.F. (Best Implement Friend)

October 1, 2010  | Article

What implement can you not live without? Nail techs answer this question by describing the tools that get them through the workday. Plus, be sure to save the experts’ advice for implement purchasing, and the convenient buyers’ guide for the next time you’re shopping for new implements.

Keywords: brushes   electric files   files   foot files   implements  

How About Giving Your Time Value?

October 1, 2010  | Article

“Why give away your time for free when you can be charging for it?” asks Elaine Watson, Star Nails’ global education director and vice president of marketing and sales.

Keywords: business   finance   money   service pricing   soak-off gels  

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  

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