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Putting On the Glitz: Holiday Nail Art Designs

December 1, 2018 | Article

We asked six nail techs to show us how to create glitzy, eye-catching nail designs to impress at every holiday party. 

How to Apply Jewelry to Nails

November 30, 2018 | Article

Bhutanese nail artist Rinchen Dema recommends these steps to apply jewelry to nails. “You can create this look using any jewelry you have at home,” she says.

Add Sparkle With Toppers Gel-Polish Top Coat

November 28, 2018 | Article

Glitters range from chunky to medium to fine in a variety of colors, leaving clients feeling like they’re on top of the world.

Trend Watch: Scarf Print

November 28, 2018 | Article

Vibrant floral prints are no longer just for the neck.

Behind the Scenes: Customizable Clear Nails

November 27, 2018 | Article

Chris Mans demonstrates how to create customizable crystal nails on clear tips using gel and magnets.

Trend Watch: Rust

October 18, 2018 | Article

This orange-brown color is fresh for fall.

Behind the Scenes: Pastel Reverse French Nail Art

October 18, 2018 | Article

Hemi Park’s design comes from one of the toughest challenges of NTNA Season 5 — Pastel City — sponsored by Orly. The challenge asked competitors to use pastels only for street art-inspired nail looks. Park drew from her Korean heritage.

CND Live Comes to Whale Spa

October 10, 2018 | Article

CND Live brings techniques, trends, and the latest in nails to professionals in-store and online.

Moroccan Mani How-To

September 18, 2018 | Article

Learn how to create this Moroccan-style nail design.

Vampire Nail Art

September 18, 2018 | Article

The Nail Nation Expo continued with its photographic category contest in 2018. Winners were announced in the spring, but the theme is perfect for Halloween.

Behind the Scenes: Gothic Gold Acrylic Nails

September 18, 2018 | Article

Inspired by runway looks from CND for Libertine, Fortenberry created this glimmering gold set that calls to mind the intricate shapes and precious metals found in Gothic art and architecture.

Yoko Sakakura Wins Daytime Hollywood Beauty Award

September 17, 2018 | Article

September 14 marked the first Daytime Hollywood Beauty Awards, honoring science in beauty. The awards luncheon included the category Excellence in Nail Styling.

Trend Watch: Cuff

August 28, 2018 | Article

An inverted half-moon makes for the perfect nail accessory.

How to Create “Dirty Pour” Gel Art

August 22, 2018 | Article

Indiana-based Wave Gel educator Tess Walters created this nail technique inspired by the acrylic dirty pour technique used when painting on canvas with acrylic paint.

Trend Watch: Neon

August 9, 2018 | Article

Ultra bright colors make nails pop.

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