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Cover Tech Contest 2011: Steppin' Out in Style

by NLS Staff | December 22, 2010
<p>Jennifer Mccormick</p>
<p>Jans Tans Day Spa, Medford, Ore.</p>

Jennifer Mccormick

Jans Tans Day Spa, Medford, Ore.

<p>Kelly Motley</p>
<p>Profiles 3 and 4, Fort Myers, Fla.</p>

Kelly Motley

Profiles 3 and 4, Fort Myers, Fla.

<p>Carla Foster</p>
<p>Carla Foster Nails, Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada</p>

Carla Foster

Carla Foster Nails, Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada

<p>Yukari Hoshi</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>

Yukari Hoshi

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Triana Yisel Ramirez</p>
<p>Universal City, Texas</p>

Triana Yisel Ramirez

Universal City, Texas

<p>Bresay Defoor</p>
<p>Immix Hair Callery &amp; Day Spa, Conyers, Ga.</p>

Bresay Defoor

Immix Hair Callery & Day Spa, Conyers, Ga.

<p>Junko, Kubota</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>

Junko, Kubota

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Susan Moskal</p>
<p>Nail Career Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada</p>

Susan Moskal

Nail Career Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

<p>Lyudmyla Kulyniy</p>
<p>The Bucks County School of Beauty Culture, Ocean, NJ</p>

Lyudmyla Kulyniy

The Bucks County School of Beauty Culture, Ocean, NJ

<p>Maki Naito</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>

Maki Naito

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>Mindy King</p>
<p>Tara Day Spa, Newburg, Mo.</p>

Mindy King

Tara Day Spa, Newburg, Mo.

<p>Kasumi Ishii</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>

Kasumi Ishii

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Erika Kumagawa</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>

Erika Kumagawa

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>Naomi Gonzalez</p>
<p>Le Petit Nails, Sanford, Fla.</p>

Naomi Gonzalez

Le Petit Nails, Sanford, Fla.

<p>Princess Gard</p>
<p>Artistic Nails, Shaker Heights, Ohio</p>

Princess Gard

Artistic Nails, Shaker Heights, Ohio

<p>Diana Ruiz and Nichole Keyser</p>
<p>The Painted Nail, Sherman Oaks, Calif.</p>

Diana Ruiz and Nichole Keyser

The Painted Nail, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

<p>Sam Biddle</p>
<p>Be Inspired, Gillingham, England</p>

Sam Biddle

Be Inspired, Gillingham, England

<p>Mariko Tamura</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>

Mariko Tamura

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>3rd Runner Up: Nina Ilovar</p>
<p>Nillandia, Ljubljana, Slovenia</p>

3rd Runner Up: Nina Ilovar

Nillandia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

<p>2nd Runner Up: Jamie Ritchey</p>
<p>Profiles 3, Ft. Myers, Fla.</p>

2nd Runner Up: Jamie Ritchey

Profiles 3, Ft. Myers, Fla.

<p>1st Runner Up: Nicole Lalonde</p>
<p>Hidden Beauty, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada</p>

1st Runner Up: Nicole Lalonde

Hidden Beauty, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada

<p>About the Winner:</p>
<p>A manager at The Nail Sanctuary, Kelly-Marie Daly took her inspiration for her winning image from the film &ldquo;The Devil Wears Prada.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;I found a shoe I loved and I worked the pose around my prop,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;There are not too many poses you can do with a shoe, but I like the way the shoe had a strap, so I went with the buckling of it.&rdquo; She describes the shape as a stiletto which she rounded off &ldquo;for something a little different.&rdquo; Daly used gels from Astonishing Nails and it took her two hours to complete the set. The project was a family affair &mdash; her sister Anne-Marie Daly was the model and her cousin Sui was the photographer.</p>

About the Winner:

A manager at The Nail Sanctuary, Kelly-Marie Daly took her inspiration for her winning image from the film “The Devil Wears Prada.”  “I found a shoe I loved and I worked the pose around my prop,” she says. “There are not too many poses you can do with a shoe, but I like the way the shoe had a strap, so I went with the buckling of it.” She describes the shape as a stiletto which she rounded off “for something a little different.” Daly used gels from Astonishing Nails and it took her two hours to complete the set. The project was a family affair — her sister Anne-Marie Daly was the model and her cousin Sui was the photographer.

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<p>Jennifer Mccormick</p>
<p>Jans Tans Day Spa, Medford, Ore.</p>
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Jennifer Mccormick

Jans Tans Day Spa, Medford, Ore.

<p>Kelly Motley</p>
<p>Profiles 3 and 4, Fort Myers, Fla.</p>
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Kelly Motley

Profiles 3 and 4, Fort Myers, Fla.

<p>Carla Foster</p>
<p>Carla Foster Nails, Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada</p>
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Carla Foster

Carla Foster Nails, Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada

<p>Yukari Hoshi</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>
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Yukari Hoshi

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Triana Yisel Ramirez</p>
<p>Universal City, Texas</p>
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Triana Yisel Ramirez

Universal City, Texas

<p>Bresay Defoor</p>
<p>Immix Hair Callery &amp; Day Spa, Conyers, Ga.</p>
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Bresay Defoor

Immix Hair Callery & Day Spa, Conyers, Ga.

<p>Junko, Kubota</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>
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Junko, Kubota

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Susan Moskal</p>
<p>Nail Career Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada</p>
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Susan Moskal

Nail Career Education, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

<p>Lyudmyla Kulyniy</p>
<p>The Bucks County School of Beauty Culture, Ocean, NJ</p>
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Lyudmyla Kulyniy

The Bucks County School of Beauty Culture, Ocean, NJ

<p>Maki Naito</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>
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Maki Naito

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>Mindy King</p>
<p>Tara Day Spa, Newburg, Mo.</p>
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Mindy King

Tara Day Spa, Newburg, Mo.

<p>Kasumi Ishii</p>
<p>Ci-z International College, Tokyo</p>
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Kasumi Ishii

Ci-z International College, Tokyo

<p>Erika Kumagawa</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>
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Erika Kumagawa

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>Naomi Gonzalez</p>
<p>Le Petit Nails, Sanford, Fla.</p>
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Naomi Gonzalez

Le Petit Nails, Sanford, Fla.

<p>Princess Gard</p>
<p>Artistic Nails, Shaker Heights, Ohio</p>
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Princess Gard

Artistic Nails, Shaker Heights, Ohio

<p>Diana Ruiz and Nichole Keyser</p>
<p>The Painted Nail, Sherman Oaks, Calif.</p>
16/22
 
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Diana Ruiz and Nichole Keyser

The Painted Nail, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

<p>Sam Biddle</p>
<p>Be Inspired, Gillingham, England</p>
17/22
 
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Sam Biddle

Be Inspired, Gillingham, England

<p>Mariko Tamura</p>
<p>Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo</p>
18/22
 
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Mariko Tamura

Nail Salon Ciel, Tokyo

<p>3rd Runner Up: Nina Ilovar</p>
<p>Nillandia, Ljubljana, Slovenia</p>
19/22
 
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3rd Runner Up: Nina Ilovar

Nillandia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

<p>2nd Runner Up: Jamie Ritchey</p>
<p>Profiles 3, Ft. Myers, Fla.</p>
20/22
 
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2nd Runner Up: Jamie Ritchey

Profiles 3, Ft. Myers, Fla.

<p>1st Runner Up: Nicole Lalonde</p>
<p>Hidden Beauty, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada</p>
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1st Runner Up: Nicole Lalonde

Hidden Beauty, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada

<p>About the Winner:</p>
<p>A manager at The Nail Sanctuary, Kelly-Marie Daly took her inspiration for her winning image from the film &ldquo;The Devil Wears Prada.&rdquo;&nbsp; &ldquo;I found a shoe I loved and I worked the pose around my prop,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;There are not too many poses you can do with a shoe, but I like the way the shoe had a strap, so I went with the buckling of it.&rdquo; She describes the shape as a stiletto which she rounded off &ldquo;for something a little different.&rdquo; Daly used gels from Astonishing Nails and it took her two hours to complete the set. The project was a family affair &mdash; her sister Anne-Marie Daly was the model and her cousin Sui was the photographer.</p>
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About the Winner:

A manager at The Nail Sanctuary, Kelly-Marie Daly took her inspiration for her winning image from the film “The Devil Wears Prada.”  “I found a shoe I loved and I worked the pose around my prop,” she says. “There are not too many poses you can do with a shoe, but I like the way the shoe had a strap, so I went with the buckling of it.” She describes the shape as a stiletto which she rounded off “for something a little different.” Daly used gels from Astonishing Nails and it took her two hours to complete the set. The project was a family affair — her sister Anne-Marie Daly was the model and her cousin Sui was the photographer.

This year’s NAILS Cover Tech competition was truly international in scope. Our winner, Kelly-Marie Daly, hails from County Cork in Ireland, and our three runners-up represent Canada, the United States, and Slovenia. From a huge number of entries, NAILS’ editors managed to select 10 finalists. Then it was NAILS’ readers chance to weigh in and make the final decision. It was a close race, and Daly’s rounded stilettos came up the winner.

Congratulations to all 10 finalists, especially first runner-up Nicole Lalonde of Hidden Beauty in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada, second runner-up Jamie Ritchey of Profiles 3 in Ft. Myers, Fla., and third runner-up Nina Ilovar of Nillandia in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Thank you to everyone for all of the wonderful entries.


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