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Cover Tech Winner: It's Berry Nice

by Staff Writer | January 1, 2007
<p><strong>MEET THE WINNER</strong>: DOAN HOELSCHER of DoaNails, Fort Collins, CO.</p>
1/27

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MEET THE WINNER: DOAN HOELSCHER of DoaNails, Fort Collins, CO.

<p>The winning cover!&nbsp;</p>
2/27

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The winning cover! 

<p>Hoelscher submitted two images&nbsp;featuring her strawberry nails.&nbsp;Deciding which one belonged on&nbsp;the cover was no easy task.</p>
3/27

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Hoelscher submitted two images featuring her strawberry nails. Deciding which one belonged on the cover was no easy task.

<p><strong>1ST RUNNER UP:</strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Eriko Adachi,&nbsp;Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan</p>
4/27

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1ST RUNNER UP: 

Eriko Adachi, Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan

<p><strong>2ND RUNNER UP:</strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Azusa Hara,&nbsp;</strong>Creative Salon Ciel, Tokyo, Japan</p>
5/27

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2ND RUNNER UP: 

Azusa Hara, Creative Salon Ciel, Tokyo, Japan

<p><strong>3RD RUNNER UP:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Stephanie Brady,&nbsp;</strong>Oasis Day Spa and Salon, Morehead City, NC</p>
6/27

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3RD RUNNER UP:

Stephanie Brady, Oasis Day Spa and Salon, Morehead City, NC

<p><strong>4TH RUNNER UP:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Masaki Fukunage,&nbsp;</strong>Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan</p>
7/27

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4TH RUNNER UP:

Masaki Fukunage, Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Robin L. Clark-Chisholm,&nbsp;</strong> Seymour, MO</p>
8/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Robin L. Clark-Chisholm,  Seymour, MO

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Ayumi Takio,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
9/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Ayumi Takio, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Chelsa Swaser,&nbsp;</strong>Fargo, ND</p>
10/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Chelsa Swaser, Fargo, ND

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yuki Nakamura,&nbsp;</strong>Chiba, Japan</p>
11/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yuki Nakamura, Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>CoCo Hayano,&nbsp;</strong>Honolulu, HI</p>
12/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

CoCo Hayano, Honolulu, HI

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Erica Plyter,&nbsp;</strong>Fort Stewart, GA</p>
13/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Erica Plyter, Fort Stewart, GA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Tomoko Sato,&nbsp;</strong> Chiba, Japan</p>
14/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Tomoko Sato,  Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Justine Dela Rosa,&nbsp;</strong>Eureka, CA</p>
15/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Justine Dela Rosa, Eureka, CA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Kristen Miller,&nbsp;</strong>Washington, NJ</p>
16/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Kristen Miller, Washington, NJ

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Miho Kurosawa,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
17/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Miho Kurosawa, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Katie Lansel,&nbsp;</strong>McCordsville, IN</p>
18/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Katie Lansel, McCordsville, IN

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Sara Bowen,&nbsp;</strong>Brantford, Ontario, Canada</p>
19/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Sara Bowen, Brantford, Ontario, Canada

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Shizuka Harihara,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
20/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Shizuka Harihara, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Dawn Firestone,&nbsp;</strong>Franklin Park, NJ</p>
21/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Dawn Firestone, Franklin Park, NJ

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yuka Kiyono,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
22/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yuka Kiyono, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Kaori Ioka,&nbsp;</strong>Chiba, Japan</p>
23/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Kaori Ioka, Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Freeda Latham,&nbsp;</strong>Hillsville, VA</p>
24/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Freeda Latham, Hillsville, VA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yasuko Iwamoto,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
25/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yasuko Iwamoto, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Rebecca Bence,&nbsp;</strong>Austin, TX</p>
26/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Rebecca Bence, Austin, TX

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Mai Otani,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
27/27

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NOTABLE NAILS:

Mai Otani, Tokyo, Japan

<p><strong>MEET THE WINNER</strong>: DOAN HOELSCHER of DoaNails, Fort Collins, CO.</p>
1/27
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MEET THE WINNER: DOAN HOELSCHER of DoaNails, Fort Collins, CO.

<p>The winning cover!&nbsp;</p>
2/27
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The winning cover! 

<p>Hoelscher submitted two images&nbsp;featuring her strawberry nails.&nbsp;Deciding which one belonged on&nbsp;the cover was no easy task.</p>
3/27
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Hoelscher submitted two images featuring her strawberry nails. Deciding which one belonged on the cover was no easy task.

<p><strong>1ST RUNNER UP:</strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p>Eriko Adachi,&nbsp;Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan</p>
4/27
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1ST RUNNER UP: 

Eriko Adachi, Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan

<p><strong>2ND RUNNER UP:</strong>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>Azusa Hara,&nbsp;</strong>Creative Salon Ciel, Tokyo, Japan</p>
5/27
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2ND RUNNER UP: 

Azusa Hara, Creative Salon Ciel, Tokyo, Japan

<p><strong>3RD RUNNER UP:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Stephanie Brady,&nbsp;</strong>Oasis Day Spa and Salon, Morehead City, NC</p>
6/27
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3RD RUNNER UP:

Stephanie Brady, Oasis Day Spa and Salon, Morehead City, NC

<p><strong>4TH RUNNER UP:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Masaki Fukunage,&nbsp;</strong>Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan</p>
7/27
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4TH RUNNER UP:

Masaki Fukunage, Tout Soleil, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Robin L. Clark-Chisholm,&nbsp;</strong> Seymour, MO</p>
8/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Robin L. Clark-Chisholm,  Seymour, MO

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Ayumi Takio,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
9/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Ayumi Takio, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Chelsa Swaser,&nbsp;</strong>Fargo, ND</p>
10/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Chelsa Swaser, Fargo, ND

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yuki Nakamura,&nbsp;</strong>Chiba, Japan</p>
11/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yuki Nakamura, Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>CoCo Hayano,&nbsp;</strong>Honolulu, HI</p>
12/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

CoCo Hayano, Honolulu, HI

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Erica Plyter,&nbsp;</strong>Fort Stewart, GA</p>
13/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Erica Plyter, Fort Stewart, GA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Tomoko Sato,&nbsp;</strong> Chiba, Japan</p>
14/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Tomoko Sato,  Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Justine Dela Rosa,&nbsp;</strong>Eureka, CA</p>
15/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Justine Dela Rosa, Eureka, CA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Kristen Miller,&nbsp;</strong>Washington, NJ</p>
16/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Kristen Miller, Washington, NJ

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Miho Kurosawa,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
17/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Miho Kurosawa, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Katie Lansel,&nbsp;</strong>McCordsville, IN</p>
18/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Katie Lansel, McCordsville, IN

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Sara Bowen,&nbsp;</strong>Brantford, Ontario, Canada</p>
19/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Sara Bowen, Brantford, Ontario, Canada

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Shizuka Harihara,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
20/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Shizuka Harihara, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Dawn Firestone,&nbsp;</strong>Franklin Park, NJ</p>
21/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Dawn Firestone, Franklin Park, NJ

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yuka Kiyono,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
22/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yuka Kiyono, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Kaori Ioka,&nbsp;</strong>Chiba, Japan</p>
23/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Kaori Ioka, Chiba, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Freeda Latham,&nbsp;</strong>Hillsville, VA</p>
24/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Freeda Latham, Hillsville, VA

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Yasuko Iwamoto,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
25/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Yasuko Iwamoto, Tokyo, Japan

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Rebecca Bence,&nbsp;</strong>Austin, TX</p>
26/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Rebecca Bence, Austin, TX

<p>NOTABLE NAILS:</p>
<p><strong>Mai Otani,&nbsp;</strong>Tokyo, Japan</p>
27/27
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NOTABLE NAILS:

Mai Otani, Tokyo, Japan

Meet the winner, Doan Holscher!

Believing, we suppose, that you can’t improve upon nature, cover artist and salon owner Doan (rhymes with “Joan”) Hoelscher used real strawberry seeds to adorn the nails you see on our cover. “I froze the strawberries and picked the seeds off with a needle,” she says. Hoelscher had New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day in mind when she settled on her festive and elegant theme. “These days represent fresh starts, love, and sensuality,” she says. With a friend serving as her model, she applied tips with an acrylic overlay, then polished the nails with OPI’s I’m Not Really a Waitress. She applied the strawberry seeds while the polish was still wet, then applied top coat. It look Hoelscher, a tech for five years, only an hour and 15 minutes to complete the nails. 

Browse through the gallery to see the winning cover and all of the runners-up!

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