Nail Art

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Shades of Greatness: Meet the Winning Self-Portrait Artist

June 1, 2006 | Article

It took Vu Nguyen just 45 minutes to complete his winning entry. 

An Angle for Art: 3-D Acrylic Explained

May 1, 2006 | Article

Creating works of art from acrylic systems is an acquired skill. Our three guest artists have different methods for creating their crafts, but if you follow their steps you’ll be on your way to mastering your own dimensional designs on fingernails.

Hot Styles for Cool Weather

January 1, 2006 | Article

Inspired by Misa’s fall/winter lacquer collection, Femme, celebrity manicurist Elsbeth Schuetz creates six hot designs.

Poland: Acrylic Nails Dominate

December 1, 2005 | Article

Though fairly young by American standards, the Polish nail industry is well on its way to becoming a bigger player in the international nail market.

Wanna Talk Nails?

June 1, 2005 | Article

Online searching for nail art ideas leads to a new online nail art community. 

Persistence Pays Off for Self-Portrait Contest Winner

June 1, 2005 | Article

This year's winner spent six hours on her final design. 

Remember: It's Just Paint

June 1, 2005 | Article

Award-winning nail tech Kathleen M. M. Ringwood-Wood of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. shares her tips on creating noteworthy nail art.

Oh, Boy: Avant-Garde Nail Designs for Men

June 1, 2005 | Article

It only takes a glance at the TV and a peek at a magazine rack to see male vanity basking in the mainstream. Men are embracing fashion, shopping, design, and grooming with unprecedented glee. So, just for kicks, we got two of the industry’s best-known nail artists to submit designs for men. With tough rocker and jock looks, these designs by Elsbeth Schuetz and Sheryl Macauley are a sign of the times.

Japan: Land of the Artistic Nailists

May 1, 2005 | Article

Japanese people place a high premium on personal appearance. Combined with plenty of disposable income, the typical Japanese consumer is able to dedicate substantial time and resources to her appearance. Beauty professionals reap the rewards of this interest and are well-compensated for their efforts.

Nail Art News: Nail Art Abroad

April 1, 2005 | Article

Toronto nail tech says that neons are popular, while Germany-based nail artist is seeing florals. 

Expand Your Repertoire by Learning to Create Fabric Nails

March 1, 2005 | Article

Elaine Watson, a nail tech and educator based in Tarzana, Calif., describes her technique for French fabric tips.

Color Chameleon

August 1, 2004 | Article

Colored acrylic powder is as versatile a medium as nail art paint, if not more so. From incredibly detailed designs to abstract stylings, the nail art possibilities are limitless. In the first part of a two-part series meant to illustrate the versatility of colored acrylic and showcase the talent of nail techs, we start you off with a few designs to experiment with.

Brenda's Nail Art Rocks

June 1, 2004 | Article

An accomplished artist who has sold her oil paintings, Mary L. Piper was the second runner-up in our 2002 contest.

Nail Art for the Meek

April 1, 2004 | Article

Are some of your clients too shy to try nail art? Fear not. We rounded up a few nail artists and asked them to come up with simple designs that are big on subtlety and short on flashiness. Take inspiration from their work and start turning your French and polish-only clients into nail art patrons.

Give Marbleized Design a Whirl

April 1, 2004 | Article

Doing marbleized nail designs may not be as difficult as you once thought. 

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