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Behind the Scenes: Sparkly Snow Cone-Inspired Nails

by Beth Livesay | June 18, 2018
NAILS executive editor Beth Livesay, cover tech Elizabeth Morris, model Ciara Pisa, and NAILS art director Yuiko Sugino.

NAILS executive editor Beth Livesay, cover tech Elizabeth Morris, model Ciara Pisa, and NAILS art director Yuiko Sugino.

A nail tech of six years, Elizabeth Morris oftentimes finds her name used synonymously with her podcast’s name, The Nail Hub. “As a podcaster, nail art lover, businesswoman, and detail-oriented, self-professed nerd, I never have enough on my plate,” says Morris. Her “more is more” attitude is perhaps why the July cover image is jam-packed with so much detailed design work. “I am obsessed with anything to do with gel or Swarovski crystals,” she says. This sparkly, textured set is the essence of fun summer nails that look good enough to eat.

Here are Morris’ steps for how to get this month’s cover look:


1. Prep the nails. After all the nails are sculpted into a stiletto shape, cured, and perfected with a hand file, paint the nails with colored gel. Some nails were kept white and some were painted using red, yellow, and blue. Cure.


2. Start with a wet layer of gel and sprinkle Swarovski Crystal Pixie over the entire set of nails. Use a spatula to tuck in bits of crystal while the nail is still uncured for a clean finish.

3. Use a mixture of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and color gel to create a gel syrup to apply over the Crystal Pixie and cure.


4. Other nails in the set were done by creating a rainbow ombre, curing, and adding large Swarovski crystals. Crystal Pixie was then placed over the remainder of the nail.

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Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

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by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

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