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2018 Mural Contest: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

by NAILS Staff | February 21, 2018
<p>3rd Place: Jacqueline McClement<br />Esteven, Saskatchewan, Canada <br />Title: Egyptian Beauties</p>
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3rd Place: Jacqueline McClement
Esteven, Saskatchewan, Canada
Title: Egyptian Beauties

<p>Honorable Mention: Ashton Harlan<br />Henderson, Nev. <br />Title: Dragonfly</p>
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Honorable Mention: Ashton Harlan
Henderson, Nev.
Title: Dragonfly

<p>Brandy Sucher<br />Tempe, Ariz. <br />Title: Cat With Cherry Blossoms</p>
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Brandy Sucher
Tempe, Ariz.
Title: Cat With Cherry Blossoms

<p>Brenley Honeycutt<br />Johnson City, Tenn. <br />Title: Beetlejuice</p>
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Brenley Honeycutt
Johnson City, Tenn.
Title: Beetlejuice

<p>Kadee Brown<br />Onalaska, Wis. <br />Title: Butterflies</p>
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Kadee Brown
Onalaska, Wis.
Title: Butterflies

<p>Allison Grinh<br />Alta Dena, Calif. <br />Title: Magic of the Fireflies</p>
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Allison Grinh
Alta Dena, Calif.
Title: Magic of the Fireflies

<p>Honorable Mention: Sarah Rich<br />Pleasanton, Texas <br />Title: Northern Lights</p>
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Honorable Mention: Sarah Rich
Pleasanton, Texas
Title: Northern Lights

<p>2nd Place: Julianne Ramos<br />Long Branch, N.J. <br />Title: Beauty and the Beast</p>
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2nd Place: Julianne Ramos
Long Branch, N.J.
Title: Beauty and the Beast

<p>Kristy Owens<br />Greenville, S.C. <br />Title: Puerto Rico Se Levanta</p>
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Kristy Owens
Greenville, S.C.
Title: Puerto Rico Se Levanta

<p>1st Place: Lexi Majack</p>
<p>Racine, Wis. <br />Title: A New Hope</p>
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1st Place: Lexi Majack

Racine, Wis.
Title: A New Hope

<p>Honorable Mention: Jodie Rahaley<br />Saylorburg, Pa. <br />Title: Outer Space</p>
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Honorable Mention: Jodie Rahaley
Saylorburg, Pa.
Title: Outer Space

<p>3rd Place: Jacqueline McClement<br />Esteven, Saskatchewan, Canada <br />Title: Egyptian Beauties</p>
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3rd Place: Jacqueline McClement
Esteven, Saskatchewan, Canada
Title: Egyptian Beauties

<p>Honorable Mention: Ashton Harlan<br />Henderson, Nev. <br />Title: Dragonfly</p>
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Honorable Mention: Ashton Harlan
Henderson, Nev.
Title: Dragonfly

<p>Brandy Sucher<br />Tempe, Ariz. <br />Title: Cat With Cherry Blossoms</p>
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Brandy Sucher
Tempe, Ariz.
Title: Cat With Cherry Blossoms

<p>Brenley Honeycutt<br />Johnson City, Tenn. <br />Title: Beetlejuice</p>
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Brenley Honeycutt
Johnson City, Tenn.
Title: Beetlejuice

<p>Kadee Brown<br />Onalaska, Wis. <br />Title: Butterflies</p>
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Kadee Brown
Onalaska, Wis.
Title: Butterflies

<p>Allison Grinh<br />Alta Dena, Calif. <br />Title: Magic of the Fireflies</p>
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Allison Grinh
Alta Dena, Calif.
Title: Magic of the Fireflies

<p>Honorable Mention: Sarah Rich<br />Pleasanton, Texas <br />Title: Northern Lights</p>
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Honorable Mention: Sarah Rich
Pleasanton, Texas
Title: Northern Lights

<p>2nd Place: Julianne Ramos<br />Long Branch, N.J. <br />Title: Beauty and the Beast</p>
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2nd Place: Julianne Ramos
Long Branch, N.J.
Title: Beauty and the Beast

<p>Kristy Owens<br />Greenville, S.C. <br />Title: Puerto Rico Se Levanta</p>
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Kristy Owens
Greenville, S.C.
Title: Puerto Rico Se Levanta

<p>1st Place: Lexi Majack</p>
<p>Racine, Wis. <br />Title: A New Hope</p>
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1st Place: Lexi Majack

Racine, Wis.
Title: A New Hope

<p>Honorable Mention: Jodie Rahaley<br />Saylorburg, Pa. <br />Title: Outer Space</p>
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Honorable Mention: Jodie Rahaley
Saylorburg, Pa.
Title: Outer Space

From outer space to ancient Egypt, this year’s Mural Contest entries took us to faraway places. The judges loved winner Lexi Majack’s mural depicting Star Wars rebels Han, Luke, and Leia.

Meet the Winner

Nail tech Lexi Majack (@fire_eyes_beauty) has been a Star Wars fan since childhood, and the excitement of the new installment inspired her to create a mural that pays homage to the original movies. She started by choosing a layout. “I moved the tips around over and over again until I found positioning that would look interesting without cutting out any important elements like faces,” she explains. “Looking at the picture as a whole was intimidating, so I broke it down into sections, finishing each character before I moved to the next.” She created the entire piece using gel-polish and a tiny brush, first mapping out the positions of the characters in gray, then adding layers of base colors, shadows, and highlights. “If I didn’t like the way something looked, I would fix it in the next layer,” says Majack. Although as a perfectionist, Majack had difficulty declaring the piece finished, she liked the challenge of creating a design across multiple nail tips. “I enjoyed the chance to make something more dynamic than I can typically do on an average nail,” she says. “I might have to start making more full hand designs now!”

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