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NAILS Next Top Nail Artist: Season 2 Finale Party

by NLS Staff | January 28, 2015
<p>NTNA 1st Runner-up Lexi Martone and NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay</p>
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NTNA 1st Runner-up Lexi Martone and NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay

<p>NAILS' Yuiko Sugino, Lexi Martone and NAILS' Beth Livesay</p>
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NAILS' Yuiko Sugino, Lexi Martone and NAILS' Beth Livesay

<p>The Top 3...congrats to you all!</p>
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The Top 3...congrats to you all!

<p>NAILS' Hannah Lee, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino and 2014 Next Top Nail Artist winner Ryoko Garcia</p>
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NAILS' Hannah Lee, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino and 2014 Next Top Nail Artist winner Ryoko Garcia

<p>The finalists pose with NAILS' Hannah Lee, 2014 NTNA winner Ryoko Garcia, and CND's Jan Arnold</p>
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The finalists pose with NAILS' Hannah Lee, 2014 NTNA winner Ryoko Garcia, and CND's Jan Arnold

<p>Some of Hollywood's top editiorial nail techs came out to meet the Top 3</p>
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Some of Hollywood's top editiorial nail techs came out to meet the Top 3

<p>CND's Elyce DeBrown and NAILS' Beth Livesay</p>
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CND's Elyce DeBrown and NAILS' Beth Livesay

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<p>Lexi Martone and her family</p>
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Lexi Martone and her family

<p>Jan Arnold poses with Lexi Martone and her family</p>
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Jan Arnold poses with Lexi Martone and her family

<p>NAILS' Carla Benavidez and Danielle Parisi with The Painted Nails' Thomas Le and Katie Cazorla</p>
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NAILS' Carla Benavidez and Danielle Parisi with The Painted Nails' Thomas Le and Katie Cazorla

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<p>Lavette Cephus (second from left) and her cheering squad</p>
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Lavette Cephus (second from left) and her cheering squad

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<p>Danielle Costantino (front) and her supporters</p>
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Danielle Costantino (front) and her supporters

<p>The ladies from Blossom Beauty Lounge</p>
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The ladies from Blossom Beauty Lounge

<p>NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia (right) and her friend Danielle Penn</p>
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NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia (right) and her friend Danielle Penn

<p>Tracey and Habib from Young Nails with NAILS' Michelle Mullen</p>
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Tracey and Habib from Young Nails with NAILS' Michelle Mullen

<p>The crowd getting ready for the presentation of the winner.</p>
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The crowd getting ready for the presentation of the winner.

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<p>CND's Jan Arnold and NAILS' Hannah Lee MC'd the evening.</p>
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CND's Jan Arnold and NAILS' Hannah Lee MC'd the evening.

<p>Some of this year's Top 12</p>
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Some of this year's Top 12

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<p>NTNA alumni from 2014 and 2015.</p>
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NTNA alumni from 2014 and 2015.

<p>The Top 3 with NAILS editor Hannah Lee</p>
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The Top 3 with NAILS editor Hannah Lee

<p>2nd runner-up Danielle Costantino</p>
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2nd runner-up Danielle Costantino

<p>1st runner-up Lexi Martone</p>
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1st runner-up Lexi Martone

<p>NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia passes the trophy to NTNA 2015 winner Lavette Cephus.</p>
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NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia passes the trophy to NTNA 2015 winner Lavette Cephus.

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<p>Cheers to the Top 3</p>
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Cheers to the Top 3

<p>Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, and Hannah Lee</p>
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Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, and Hannah Lee

<p>Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, Ryoko Garcia and Hannah Lee</p>
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Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, Ryoko Garcia and Hannah Lee

<p>Lavette Cephus with Blossom Beauty Lounge's Cammy Nguyen</p>
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Lavette Cephus with Blossom Beauty Lounge's Cammy Nguyen

<p>NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Lavette Cephus with indsutry veteran Maisie Dunbar</p>
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NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Lavette Cephus with indsutry veteran Maisie Dunbar

<p>NTNA Top 6 contestant Sherri Traweek and her husband Andrew</p>
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NTNA Top 6 contestant Sherri Traweek and her husband Andrew

<p>The ladies from Bio Seaweed Gel</p>
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The ladies from Bio Seaweed Gel

<p>NTNA Top 11 contestant Yessie Oliva and her husband</p>
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NTNA Top 11 contestant Yessie Oliva and her husband

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<p>Those crazy Nguyen brothers (and Danny Phung, left)</p>
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Those crazy Nguyen brothers (and Danny Phung, left)

<p>The Vietnamese nail community representing many nail companies and salons came together to celebrate the finale of the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition.</p>
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The Vietnamese nail community representing many nail companies and salons came together to celebrate the finale of the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition.

<p>Now that's a group shot!</p>
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Now that's a group shot!

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<p>ENT Channel 57.10 owner Huan Luyen and VietSALON's Anh Tran</p>
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ENT Channel 57.10 owner Huan Luyen and VietSALON's Anh Tran

<p>Buddy Sims, Ryoko Garcia, Beth Livesay, Lexi Martone, and Danielle Penn</p>
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Buddy Sims, Ryoko Garcia, Beth Livesay, Lexi Martone, and Danielle Penn

<p>NAILS ladies hanging with OPI's Robert Nguyen</p>
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NAILS ladies hanging with OPI's Robert Nguyen

<p>NAILS' Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez</p>
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NAILS' Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez

<p>NAILS' Cyndy Drummey, Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez</p>
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NAILS' Cyndy Drummey, Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez

<p>NAILS' Amy Martin, Shannon Rahn, and Mary Baughman</p>
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NAILS' Amy Martin, Shannon Rahn, and Mary Baughman

<p>Cathy Vizcarra from RPR manning the goodie bag station</p>
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Cathy Vizcarra from RPR manning the goodie bag station

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<p>Buddy Sims, Winnie Huang, and Doug Schoon</p>
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Buddy Sims, Winnie Huang, and Doug Schoon

<p>Buddy Sims, Hannah Lee, Winnie Huang, and Jan Arnold</p>
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Buddy Sims, Hannah Lee, Winnie Huang, and Jan Arnold

<p>NTNA 1st Runner-up Lexi Martone and NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay</p>
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NTNA 1st Runner-up Lexi Martone and NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay

<p>NAILS' Yuiko Sugino, Lexi Martone and NAILS' Beth Livesay</p>
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NAILS' Yuiko Sugino, Lexi Martone and NAILS' Beth Livesay

<p>The Top 3...congrats to you all!</p>
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The Top 3...congrats to you all!

<p>NAILS' Hannah Lee, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino and 2014 Next Top Nail Artist winner Ryoko Garcia</p>
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NAILS' Hannah Lee, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino and 2014 Next Top Nail Artist winner Ryoko Garcia

<p>The finalists pose with NAILS' Hannah Lee, 2014 NTNA winner Ryoko Garcia, and CND's Jan Arnold</p>
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The finalists pose with NAILS' Hannah Lee, 2014 NTNA winner Ryoko Garcia, and CND's Jan Arnold

<p>Some of Hollywood's top editiorial nail techs came out to meet the Top 3</p>
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Some of Hollywood's top editiorial nail techs came out to meet the Top 3

<p>CND's Elyce DeBrown and NAILS' Beth Livesay</p>
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CND's Elyce DeBrown and NAILS' Beth Livesay

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<p>Lexi Martone and her family</p>
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Lexi Martone and her family

<p>Jan Arnold poses with Lexi Martone and her family</p>
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Jan Arnold poses with Lexi Martone and her family

<p>NAILS' Carla Benavidez and Danielle Parisi with The Painted Nails' Thomas Le and Katie Cazorla</p>
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NAILS' Carla Benavidez and Danielle Parisi with The Painted Nails' Thomas Le and Katie Cazorla

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<p>Lavette Cephus (second from left) and her cheering squad</p>
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Lavette Cephus (second from left) and her cheering squad

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<p>Danielle Costantino (front) and her supporters</p>
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Danielle Costantino (front) and her supporters

<p>The ladies from Blossom Beauty Lounge</p>
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The ladies from Blossom Beauty Lounge

<p>NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia (right) and her friend Danielle Penn</p>
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NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia (right) and her friend Danielle Penn

<p>Tracey and Habib from Young Nails with NAILS' Michelle Mullen</p>
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Tracey and Habib from Young Nails with NAILS' Michelle Mullen

<p>The crowd getting ready for the presentation of the winner.</p>
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The crowd getting ready for the presentation of the winner.

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<p>CND's Jan Arnold and NAILS' Hannah Lee MC'd the evening.</p>
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CND's Jan Arnold and NAILS' Hannah Lee MC'd the evening.

<p>Some of this year's Top 12</p>
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Some of this year's Top 12

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<p>NTNA alumni from 2014 and 2015.</p>
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NTNA alumni from 2014 and 2015.

<p>The Top 3 with NAILS editor Hannah Lee</p>
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The Top 3 with NAILS editor Hannah Lee

<p>2nd runner-up Danielle Costantino</p>
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2nd runner-up Danielle Costantino

<p>1st runner-up Lexi Martone</p>
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1st runner-up Lexi Martone

<p>NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia passes the trophy to NTNA 2015 winner Lavette Cephus.</p>
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NTNA 2014 winner Ryoko Garcia passes the trophy to NTNA 2015 winner Lavette Cephus.

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<p>Cheers to the Top 3</p>
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Cheers to the Top 3

<p>Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, and Hannah Lee</p>
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Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, and Hannah Lee

<p>Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, Ryoko Garcia and Hannah Lee</p>
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Jan Arnold, Lexi Martone, Lavette Cephus, Danielle Costantino, Ryoko Garcia and Hannah Lee

<p>Lavette Cephus with Blossom Beauty Lounge's Cammy Nguyen</p>
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Lavette Cephus with Blossom Beauty Lounge's Cammy Nguyen

<p>NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Lavette Cephus with indsutry veteran Maisie Dunbar</p>
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NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Lavette Cephus with indsutry veteran Maisie Dunbar

<p>NTNA Top 6 contestant Sherri Traweek and her husband Andrew</p>
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NTNA Top 6 contestant Sherri Traweek and her husband Andrew

<p>The ladies from Bio Seaweed Gel</p>
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The ladies from Bio Seaweed Gel

<p>NTNA Top 11 contestant Yessie Oliva and her husband</p>
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NTNA Top 11 contestant Yessie Oliva and her husband

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<p>Those crazy Nguyen brothers (and Danny Phung, left)</p>
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Those crazy Nguyen brothers (and Danny Phung, left)

<p>The Vietnamese nail community representing many nail companies and salons came together to celebrate the finale of the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition.</p>
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The Vietnamese nail community representing many nail companies and salons came together to celebrate the finale of the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist competition.

<p>Now that's a group shot!</p>
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Now that's a group shot!

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<p>ENT Channel 57.10 owner Huan Luyen and VietSALON's Anh Tran</p>
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ENT Channel 57.10 owner Huan Luyen and VietSALON's Anh Tran

<p>Buddy Sims, Ryoko Garcia, Beth Livesay, Lexi Martone, and Danielle Penn</p>
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Buddy Sims, Ryoko Garcia, Beth Livesay, Lexi Martone, and Danielle Penn

<p>NAILS ladies hanging with OPI's Robert Nguyen</p>
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NAILS ladies hanging with OPI's Robert Nguyen

<p>NAILS' Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez</p>
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NAILS' Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez

<p>NAILS' Cyndy Drummey, Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez</p>
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NAILS' Cyndy Drummey, Kim Pham, Hannah Lee, Yuiko Sugino, Beth Livesay, and Sigourney Nunez

<p>NAILS' Amy Martin, Shannon Rahn, and Mary Baughman</p>
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NAILS' Amy Martin, Shannon Rahn, and Mary Baughman

<p>Cathy Vizcarra from RPR manning the goodie bag station</p>
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Cathy Vizcarra from RPR manning the goodie bag station

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<p>Buddy Sims, Winnie Huang, and Doug Schoon</p>
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Buddy Sims, Winnie Huang, and Doug Schoon

<p>Buddy Sims, Hannah Lee, Winnie Huang, and Jan Arnold</p>
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Buddy Sims, Hannah Lee, Winnie Huang, and Jan Arnold

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, the nail industry came together to celebrate the grand finale of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Season 2. Manufacturers, distributors, nail techs, contestants (past and present), as well as other industry heavy hitters gathered at Long Beach's Cafe Sevilla to find out who would take the crown of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist 2015.

Ultimately, it was Lavette Cephus who won the title. Lexi Martone and Danielle Costantino were named 1st and 2nd runners-up, respecitively. Read more about the night here.

Photos by Kimberly Pham

NAILS Next Top Nail Artist Smilebooth Pictures (photo gallery)

ISSE Long Beach 2015: Around the Show Floor (photo gallery)

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