Close

Technique

Behind the Scenes: A Real Life Fairy Tale

by Hannah Lee | August 1, 2010

When Princess Gard decided to attend America’s Beauty Show (ABS) earlier this year, she had no idea what to expect. She jumped online to look over the show’s website to see if there were any classes or events she wanted to attend. That’s how she found out about the Stars Photo Competition that Cosmetologists Chicago was putting on.

Little did she know her entry would not only win her $500, but also a spot on the cover of NAILS Magazine. A professional nail tech for 10 years (although she admits she was doing nails four years before that), Princess is a booth renter at Kuts & Kurls Beauty Salon in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her clients keep her motivated “because they believe in me and love my unique and creative services.”

“I had stiletto nails in mind because they are so fun to create,” she says. “I then thought ‘What would make this style edgy?’ Rock star came to mind and I went from there! I wanted the nails to look rock star-inspired with a commercial look. I used my cousin’s guitar as a prop and it came out exactly how I imagined it would.”

And it was obviously a success since she won the competition. NAILS editor Hannah Lee and CND cofounder Jan Arnold were the honored judges, and the NAILS cover wasn’t actually part of the prize package. “The nails were so cool and I just loved the concept with the guitar,” says Hannah. “I just knew it had to be a cover.”

When asked about the highlight of her career Princess says, “Truly, being on the cover of this internationally recognized magazine has been the highlight of my career. I want people to see my art and be inspired. I hope to further my success in the many years to come.”

 

Here's how you can do these nails:


1. Prep the nail using standard sanitization process. Roughen the  nail with an electric file and place form underneath nail. Press in the sides of the form to create a stiletto.

 

2. Build the nail only to the free edge to created the perfect smile line.

 

3. Apply a thin layer of CND Perfect Color Clear to form the stiletto nail shape. Apply a small amount of Young Nails Imagination Art Golden Orange Glitter.

 

4. Apply a small amount of Young Nails Rainbow Collection Black powder. Then apply a custom-blended powder at the tip. (Princess used Young Nails Metallic Gold, Rainbow Yellow, and Fortune Glitter).

 

5. Apply mylar and/or confetti for more sparkle and dimension.

 

6. Cap the nail in CND Perfect Color Clear.

 

7. File and shape the nail to get a smooth and sleek finish.

 

8. Apply Young Nails UV top coat to add shine and complete the look.

Nail tech Melba Mosley demonstrates reflexology techniques on colleague Apryl Moore, while...

Technique

Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

Nails by Tracey Lee

Technique

Up Your Acrylic Skills: Mix Ratio

by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.

Find out why over 400,000 subscribers love our newsletters

What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

Technique

What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

Videos

In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

Load More