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Mastering the Mix Ratio

February 1, 2008 | Article

The ideal bead should be smooth, round, and plump, and suspended lightly on the brush hairs.

[Nail] Art Appreciation

February 1, 2008 | Article

Nail artist Dawn Minton has her works of art showcased in her county's public library.

The Year of the Rat

February 1, 2008 | Article

February 7, 2008 begins the Year of the Rat.

What Is...Ombre?

February 1, 2008 | Article

A French term meaning “shaded,” it refers to fabric (frequently ribbon) with color that graduates from light to dark.

On the Runways in Paris, LA, and New York (Spring 2008 fashion shows)

February 1, 2008 | Article

From nude to hot pink, nails were some of the season’s hottest accessories at the Spring 2008 fashion shows.

Making Money with Colored Acrylics

January 1, 2008 | Article

Colored acrylic nails are a beautiful and eye-catching addition to the more standard pink-and-whites on your service menu. Increase your clientele and expand your creativity with all the colored acrylic possibilities.

Take a Tip from ... Star Nail's Elaine Watson

January 1, 2008 | Article

Elaine Watson — global education director and vice president of marketing for Star Nail — shares some of her favorite technical tips.

Her Bottles are Sitting Pretty

December 1, 2007 | Article

An idle moment between clients leads a nail tech to discover a new pleasure. 

Take a Tour on Nail Tips

November 1, 2007 | Article

A German film crew recently visited nail tech Peggy Jakob-Kissner of Nagelateller Exquisit in Ostheim, Germany.

Around Asia in Many Manicures

November 1, 2007 | Article

In this travel journal, former NAILS associate editor Jayna Rust goes to Asia. From China to South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, she finds nail services everywhere (and happily tries them all out in order to report back to you).

Nail Art Idea Book: How a Creative Tech Gets Inspired

October 1, 2007 | Article

Ideas for your nail art creations can come from almost anywhere. Keeping your eyes (and your mind) open, you can find inspiration in the most random of places.

The Towels Tell the Story

September 1, 2007 | Article

Nail technician Josephine Marshall uses her artistic energy decorating her towels. 

Three Things You Can Do With a Polish Bottle

September 1, 2007 | Article

The Pollgem nail polish bottle holder tilts your polish bottle at a 45-degree angle, making it easier to get at all the polish.

Competitors Go Brazilian in Amsterdam

September 1, 2007 | Article

The spirit of Rio could be felt in Amsterdam when nail techs, educators, salon owners, and distributors from Europe and Russia gathered for the second-annual EZ Flow and IBD Nail Competition.

Quebec Tech Shares Free-hand Marbling Method

August 1, 2007 | Article

Try this free-hand marbled French for a variation of the classic French Tip.

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