From the Editors

ABS 2015: CND Celebrates NextGen Nail Artists

by Hannah Lee | March 26, 2015 | Bookmark +

<p>NEXTGEN nail artists Lavette Cephus, Heather Davis, and Ashley Craig with their models and CND's Jan Arnold and mentors Shelena Robinson and Amanda Fontanarrosa.</p>

The convergence of art and beauty was on full display during Beauty Changes Lives' feature presentation “Trilogy of Beauty,” to spotlight NEXTGEN artists, the beauty industry’s future leaders. The “Trilogy of Beauty” represented the NEXTGEN’s interpretation of Street Wear, Underground and Avant Garde. NEXTGEN artists were hand-picked by established icons and mentored the NEXTGEN in their development of the “Trilogy of Beauty” collection.

CND selected three nail artists who have recently gained some attention for being standouts in our industry.

<p>CND's Jan Arnold identified Ashley Craig (winner of Oxygen's Nail'd It), Heather Davis (CND Education Ambassador of the Year 2014), and Lavette Cephus (NAILS Next Top Nail Artist season 2 winner) as the NEXTGEN nail artists at the Trilogy of Beauty presentation.</p>

They spent weeks concepting and working on a single set of nails for the fashion presentation. The crowd was amped up to see the styles and the models perfectly display the edgy styling and avant garde nail looks.

<p>Nail looks by Lavette Cephus, Heather Davis, and Ashley Craig were urban and avant garde.</p>

In addition to the three NEXTGEN nail artists, CND also named Amanda Fontanarrosa and Shelena Robinson as mentors. They said, “These three talented women [our NEXTGEN choices] not only excel at their art and profession, but they are true pioneers in our industry. Each in their own right have shown their ingenuity in bringing nail art and style to nail professionals and consumers alike through various platforms, from runway to print to television. Artistic talent alone would not have brought them this far — their multi-faceted skills are what will inspire and lead future generations in the beauty industry — that is what makes them NEXTGEN talent. As a team, we have worked collaboratively for the last four weeks to bring our individual talents together and create a unified message for the Trilogy of Beauty. We have had weekly goals and checkpoints to bring our art and our story full circle, and overall, it has been a fast-paced and exciting process.”

<p>NAILS editor Hannah Lee was excited to see NAILS Next Top Nail Artist winner Lavette Cephus .</p>

<p>Lavette Cephus won NAILS Next Top Nail Artist season 2.</p>

Lavette Cephus: As the winner of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Season 2, Lavette Cephus of Toledo Ohio, uses her artistry to spread an inspiring message of hope and perseverance to artists and nail fanatics everywhere.

<p>Nails by Lavette Cephus</p>

Click here to read more about NEXTGEN nail artist Lavette Cephus.

<p>Heather Davis was named CND Education Ambassador of the Year for 2014.</p>


Heather Davis: Recently named CND’s 2014 Education Ambassador of the Year, Heather Davis is a mainstay backstage at New York Fashion Week. In addition to creating runway nails for countless designers, including Alexander Wang, Libertine and The Blonds, Heather’s innovative designs have been featured in numerous CND marketing campaigns and high-profile magazines.

<p>Nails by Heather Davis</p>

Click here to read more about NEXTGEN nail artist Heather Davis.

<p>Ashley Craig won Oxygen's first season of Nail'd It.</p>


Ashley Craig: Ashley Craig, a Chicago native who now resides in sunny Florida, first entered the beauty industry because of the birth of her daughter. Recently crowned the winner of Oxygen’s “Nail’d It,” Ashley is proof that hard work and dedication pay off.

<p>Nails by Ashley Craig</p>

Click here to read more about NEXTGEN nail artist Ashley Craig.

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