Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Toes

Slow and Steady for July 2012's Cover: Cover tech Holly Schippers shows how to create the July 2012 cover of NAILS.

<p>Of getting started with CND in 2004 Schippers says, &ldquo;I discovered CND products right out of school and I fell in love with the educators in my area, which led to my love for the product. I basically stalked them and took every class within a six-hour driving range. An educator and a distributor both recommended me to a regional manager at CND."</p>

Cover tech Holly Schippers has been known to say that there is a turtle in her logo for a reason. Known in the industry as the FingerNailFixer, ­the name came about early in her career. “It actually started out by some friends teasing me about my Texas accent when I said I was ‘fixin’ to fix some fingernails,’” says Schippers. “The turtle soon followed with the symbolism of slow and steady to set me apart as meticulous and detailed in my work.”

Detailed she is, but I wouldn’t call her slow. The Bussey, Iowa-based CND educator has a jam-packed schedule. She teaches classes anywhere from two to five days a week. Her home territory includes Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. And in the last year she’s taught in the U.K., Hawaii, Texas, California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Jamaica, and the Bahamas.

She spends about 170 hours a month doing social media (for FingerNailFixer, for NAILS, and for CND). She spends a few hours a week working on her NAILS blog. She spends about four to five hours a month making nail videos. She sees clients two days a week, every other week at her cousin’s salon the Hairport. She operates her booth rental business there as FingerNailFixer at the Hairport. And if all that wasn’t enough, she volunteers at Look Good Feel Better once a month, she’s a member of the Iowa Cosmetology Educators (ICE) Design Team, and she spends about two to three hours a week troubleshooting with techs on the phone.

You certainly can’t be slow to handle that kind of multi-tasking. (And that’s all when she isn’t raising her 5-year-old son and her 16-year-old daughter or helping her husband on their working cattle farm.) “My husband’s family has a farm that has been in the family since 1895. When I’m not working one of my many jobs, I can be found at home and on the farm. I know how to bottle feed calves, help run cows, and drive a tractor. But when I’m not home, my husband is super dad. He takes care of everything — laundry, cooking, and taking care of the kids,” says Schippers.

Her love is educating. “I love making educational videos to help nail professionals help themselves,” she says. “They are simple one-take videos and I don’t edit the mistakes out. They are meant to inspire techs to try something new and different or help them work on some basics. I hope these videos bridge the gap between school, salon life, and classes.” You can find videos of the techniques she used for this month’s cover on her Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Here’s how you can do these nails:

1. Prepare the toes with cuticle work, shape them, and apply CND ScrubFresh.


2. Apply a thin layer of base coat to all five toes on the first foot. Cure for 10 seconds and repeat on the other foot.

3. Apply a thin layer of CND Shellac in Silver Chrome to all five toes on the first foot. Cure for two minutes and repeat on the other foot. On the big toes apply a second layer of Silver Chrome and cure for two minutes.

4. Apply a very thin layer of CND Shellac in Rock Royalty to all five toes on the first foot. Don’t cure.

5. Lightly brush side to side with a fan brush to expose some of the Silver Chrome underneath the Rock Royalty.

6. On the big toe draw a butterfly and dot in the wing details with CND Shellac in Cream Puff. Use Silver Chrome to make the body. Cure for two minutes and repeat on the other foot.

7. Apply a thin layer of CND Shellac Top Coat to all five toes on the first foot. Cure for two minutes and repeat on the other foot. Scrub the toenails clean with 99% isopropyl alcohol.


You can find Schippers online:  (She’s got more than 10,000 fans!)  (Her videos have been viewed almost 700,000 times!)

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