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Behind the Scenes: A Real Life Fairy Tale

August 1, 2010  | Demo

When Princess Gard decided to attend America’s Beauty Show (ABS) earlier this year, she had no idea what to expect. Little did she know her entry would not only win her $500, but also a spot on the cover of NAILS Magazine.

Keywords: Behind the Scenes   contests   mixed-media nail art   nail art   stiletto nails  

Perfect Palette

August 1, 2010  | Article

Don your berets, because Orly’s new Instant Artist Collection promises to help you achieve clean, precise, and colorful nail art designs at every skill level. The collection features 24 water-based shades that each come with a tapered brush for exact placement. The collection also includes four tools: a detailer brush, striper brush, dotter duo, and design tear-off cards that offer suggested step-by-steps.

Keywords: brushes   learning new techniques   nail art   Orly   polish  

Gracia Beauty Stained Glass Gel Nail

July 1, 2010  | Demo

Gracia Beauty’s Gel System combines functional and well-performing soak-off gels with a nail art sensibility so techs can create endless nail art designs. The gels are available in convenient kits that suit each tech’s need, with a basic kit for simple sculpts and Frenches, an intermediate kit for nail art, and full-color gel lines of more than 100 colors.

Keywords: colored gels   glitter nail art   nail art   soak-off gels  

Knockout Nails with a Punch

June 1, 2010  | Article

A clever spin on nail art can come from a simple craft corner border hole punch. AII global educator MaeLing Parrish explains how she spreads soak-off gels flat over a piece of plastic and pops imprints out of them with a border punch. (According to Parrish, she uses soak-off gels because they are soft and flexible and don’t crack like traditional gels when they are used with a hole punch.) Take a look at these steps and see if you can score a knockout of your own.

Keywords: nail art   nail art supplies   soak-off gels  

Akzéntz Gel Art Stiletto

June 1, 2010  | Demo

Akzéntz Classic Gels are high-performance gels that can be combined with the Options Soak-Off Color Gels and Options Aurora Sparkle Gels to produce vibrant nail art designs and structurally sound enhancements.

Keywords: Akzentz   colored gels   French nail art   gels   nail art  

Light Elegance Glitter Gels

May 11, 2010  | Product

Light Elegance’s new Glitter Gels for the summer and spring come in six fantastic shades.

Keywords: gels   glitter gels   Light Elegance   nail art  

Dare to Wear Stiletto Nails

May 1, 2010  | Demo

If your clients are afraid of this pointy shape, offer up this advice from nail techs who do their best to ensure that beauty doesn’t have to equal pain.

Keywords: adding new services   learning new techniques   nail art   trends  

By the Book

May 1, 2010  | Demo

Catherine Wong gives NAILS readers a peak into her step-by-step nail art books.

Keywords: acrylics   Catherine Wong   colored acrylics   floral nail art   nail art  

Fimo Leopard and Lily Design

May 1, 2010  | Demo

C. A. Therien offers a wide variety of handmade fimo clay canes for beautiful nail art. Fimo canes are easily cut into thin slices, or designs can be purchased in convenient pre-cut packs. Fimo can be encased in acrylic or gel, or glued on top of polish and sealed with a gel top coat.

Keywords: animal print nail art   embedded nail art   fimo canes   nail art   nail art supplies  

Young Nails Imagination Art Acrylic Powder Marble Design

May 1, 2010  | Demo

Young Nails Imagination Art Acrylic Powders can be used to create an amazing variety of nail designs. The powders come in four collections of solid colors, plus five collections of glitters, and they handle well so techs can create intricate designs.

Keywords: acrylics   colored acrylics   marbleizing techniques   nail art   Young Nails  

3-D Made Easy

May 1, 2010  | Demo

Well, maybe not easy. But Star Nail’s global education director Elaine Watson has a quick tip on how to get a better performance out of acrylic for 3-D designs.

Keywords: 3-D nail art   acrylics   nail art   Star Nail Products  

A Form for the Edges

May 1, 2010  | Article

When it comes to making edge nails, the most important part of the sculpt is to have a crisply creased form so the acrylic falls perfectly into place and gives you that nice edgy look.

Keywords: acrylics   edge nails   forms   nail art  

Behind the Scenes: These Toes Are A-Twitter

May 1, 2010  | Demo

When we asked Orange, Calif.-based celebrity nail artist Elsbeth Schuetz to come up with a toenail art design for this month’s cover, she brought us a whole slew of nail tips to choose from. While her hand-painted nail art is always super creative and artistic, we wanted to go with something a little more simple and wearable for the cover. Inspired by tone-on-tone patterns, she created this faux-snakeskin design using layered polish and diamond-shaped rhinestones.

Keywords: animal print nail art   Behind the Scenes   doing nails for photo shoots   Elsbeth Schuetz   embellishments  

Ombre Effect with Dashing Diva Gelife Soak-Off System

April 1, 2010  | Demo

Dashing Diva’s Gelife Soak-Off UV Gel System can be used to make standard pink-and-whites as well as more fashion-forward nail designs such as the “ombre effect,” in which the nails gradate from one shade of color to the next.

Keywords: Dashing Diva   nail art   ombre nail art   soak-off gels  

Light Elegance Glitter Gels

March 4, 2010  | Product

As the glitter gel toenails craze continues among clients, Light Elegance has released a gel line that makes life easier for the nail techs who do this popular service.

Keywords: gels   glitter gels   Light Elegance   nail art  

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