In a competitive tournament that  determines the national champion of college basketball, March Madness offers a unique opportunity to pay tribute to a client’s alma mater or hometown team through nail art. Regardless of which approach you take to interpret 
and execute a fanicure, collegiate claws are sure to be a slam dunk. 

Team Katie

“I wanted to try a 3-D basketball net because I love the 3-D sweater trend. I also added the team logo and mascot on top of an ombre. The technique really amps up the finished look and will never go out of style.”

Katie Masters, Nail Thoughts,
Santa Monica, Calif., @nailthoughts

Team Melissa

“My inspiration was my home state and I had to represent the Iowa Hawkeyes! Now, I do have to admit that I’m not a sports girl, I just happen to live in a house with all boys. So I wanted to keep my designs easy, sophisticated, and feminine.“

Melissa Guyer, Mood Salon and Spa,
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, @11polished11

Team Vonda

“My clients suggested their favorite college basketball teams, so I got creative. I also wanted to show that I played basketball for my school team in my younger days.”

Vonda Christensen, Village Hair Salon,
Booneville, Ark., @nailgirlv

Team Monica

“I was inspired by the texture of a basketball and recreated it using a dotting tool on my half-moons. I also decided to create my own
prediction of the Final Four. Let’s go, Kansas!”

Monica Hues
New York City, @monicahues

Team Meghann

“My nail inspo was my hometown of Houston, Texas. While I don’t know much about basketball, I do know a lot about the host city for this year’s finals. My nails include Texas as a basketball, a basketball Texan, and a “Houston, we have a problem”-style astronaut baller.”

Meghann Rosales, Nails Y’all,
Austin, Texas, @nailsyall

Team Kim

“I took inspiration from two home state universities here in Virginia: The University of Virginia (UVA) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). They both have amazing collegiate sports teams. Another nail was inspired by the layout of a basketball court because it’s what sets the stage to the game.”

Kim Bui, Vy’s Nail Spa,
Norfolk, Va., @sincerelykimbui

Team Fabian

“I am a firm believer in rooting for the home team! So I wanted to incorporate the team colors but instead of just doing a plain background, I did a marble and mixed all the team colors together. The yellow and white trimming is also inspired by the team jersey.”

Fabian Robles
Canoga Park, Calif., @thenailartistfr

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