July 2012 Issue

Nails: Holly Schippers, FingerNailFixer, Bussey, Iowa

Photographer: Vu Ong

Model: Ariel Paredes, Body Parts Models

Stiletto Butterfly Mural

December 1, 2012

Alexandra Lust uses acrylics, acrylic paints, to show how to segment the design across all four nails to create a wonderful illusion of a butterfly.

For two weeks I’ve been trying to increase my experience on acrylics on models, but I have chipped nails and unhappy models. I'm so discouraged.

December 1, 2012

I’m a newbie nail tech in my first job. For two weeks I’ve been bringing in models to increase my experience on acrylics and tips before I start taking on real clients. So far three out of the five models are complaining of their nail tips chipping off, popping off, etc. I have no clue as to what I’m doing wrong. I’m so discouraged. I worked so hard to do those nails (for free), and I have unhappy people and no idea if it’s my technique or if these people are prying things open with their acrylic nails and using them like tools. I feel like I should quit now before I upset any clients.

Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Toes

December 1, 2012

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

Secret Ingredient: Lotions

December 1, 2012

Lotions in the nail industry are used as manicure and pedicure service add-ons as well as retail products to help hydrate, rejuvenate, and soothe clients’ skin. They are often infused with various fragrances and anti-aging compounds to further enhance the benefits to the skin. But what is lotion really made of?

Endless Possibilities With Fabric

July 15, 2012

CND educator ambassador Marilyn Olemma Garcia of Caguas, Puerto Rico shows how with pre-made — and wild-styled — acrylic sculpts and pieces of fabric, she can create fun, funky, and artistic nails.

Chamomile Mint Mani/Pedi Line

July 15, 2012

OPI releases its latest formula for the Manicure/Pedicure line of scrub, mask, and massage lotion — Chamomile Mint.

Red Carpet Pedi “The Step and Repeat”

July 15, 2012

Cindy Walston's client's feet and legs literally gleam in the sun after this pedicure.

Tropical Bliss Pedicure

July 14, 2012

Island Spirit Healing Center and Day Spa offers this natural escape to its clients.

Nubar Gelicure Gel-Polish

July 12, 2012

Nubar’s soak-off gel-polish, Gelicure, cures quickly in UV or LED lights and applies like nail polish with a lasting high-gloss finish that shines for over three weeks. The gels do not chip or peel, and they soak off in just 15 minutes.

Refine Your Skills at Nail U

June 29, 2012

Through her Nail University, Shari Finger offers continuing education for nail techs. “Our non-product-specific approach allows the student to receive help with the products she is using every day — or a generic product will be supplied at no extra charge,” she says.

Why do LED lamps generate so much heat?

June 27, 2012

I have tried almost every new LED lamp out there. Except for one brand, they all generate a lot of heat. I thought LED was not supposed to be hot. I am not talking about the heat spike that can happen with the exothermic reaction, I am talking about heat in general. I’d like to understand more about this.

Podiatrist Formulates Natural Foot Cream and Nail Oil

June 27, 2012

New York City-based podiatrist Dr. Krista Archer has launched her own line of ARCH skin products, which use natural ingredients to heal and moisturize dry, cracked feet and protect the nails.

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