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Cover Tech Contest 2019: Bold Traditions

Nail tech Albee Chen’s boldly colored twist on Japanese-style art won the top spot in this year's Cover Tech Contest.

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On My Mind: Make It New

Executive editor Beth Livesay discusses the demand for newness and encourages nail professionals to try something different.

How to Shoot Nails for NAILS' Cover Tech Contest

Session manicurist Ashley Gregory has these tips for creating cover-worthy images for NAILS' Cover Tech Contest.

On My Mind: Making Your Mark

I am fresh off a trip to America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, where I had the honor of being a guest panelist on The Nailscape’s Making Your Mark in the Nail Industry panel. A few of the questions that came up during this panel are ones I hear frequently, so I thought I would re-address them here.

NAILS Cover Tech Match-Up

We created this fun Cover Tech Match-Up game for the amazing NAILS Cover Tech Contest 2018 entries that didn't reach the finals. Come back each day to vote for your favorites!

Cover Tech Contest 2018: Musical Magic

Nail tech Kryssy Hawkins won the top spot this year with her edgy, colorful, DJ-inspired image. Stella Sampson’s delicate teatime design earned her the first-runner-up spot, while Ashton Harlan’s sharp chrome nails were the second-runner-up, and Eileen Fox’s Indian-flavored design was the third-runner-up.

Salon Fanatic Tour Day 8: Baltimore

My last leg of the trip was an ambitious one. I traveled to Baltimore to tour salons in the surrounding area, which included Middletown, Del., and Silver Spring, Md.

What You Need to Know Before Competing in a Nail Contest

Competing is one of the best ways to hone your craft and get noticed. In the world of nails, there are many opportunities to showcase your talents and grow as a result. We talked to some regulars on the competition circuit to find out what you’ll need to know if you want to compete — and possibly win big.

Cover Tech Contest 2017: A Gem of a Design

Nail tech Celine Cumming was the creative force behind two of the 10 remarkable images that made it to our final round of voting.

On My Mind: Passionate, Patient, Fun

I welcome the change 2017 brings to NAILS.