Handpainted Winner: Elsbeth Shuetz

Handpainted Winner: Elsbeth Shuetz

Mixed Media/3-D Winner: Emily Nash

Mixed Media/3-D Winner: Emily Nash

Congratulations to the talented winners of this year’s NAILS Mural Contest — one an industry veteran and the other a relative newcomer. Los Angeles-based nail artist Elsbeth Schuetz took top honors in the handpainted category. Her brewery-themed mural was inspired by the growing popularity of craft beers. Schuetz — a celebrity nail tech, educator, and frequent NAILS contributor — also won last year’s competition. (Go to www.nailsmag.com/muralcontest to check out past contest winners.)

A nail tech of three years, Emily Nash of Creative Touch Nail and Day Spa in Elkhart, Ind., nabbed the top spot in the mixed media/3-D category. She chose an undersea-themed mural — complete with 3-D acrylic octopus — because she has always been attracted to the bright colors found in the ocean.

Our thanks also go to INM for providing a fabulous assortment of products to our winners.

INM provided generous prize packages to this year’s winners that included an assortment of lacquers, top coats, and treatments for the handpainted winner, and colored acrylic powers for the mixed-media winner.

INM provided generous prize packages to this year’s winners that included an assortment of lacquers, top coats, and treatments for the handpainted winner, and colored acrylic powers for the mixed-media winner.