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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.

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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.

On My Mind: Your Vote Counts

Erika Kotite discusses the importance of voting for what you believe in and the power of choice.

February 2016 Cover Tech Ashley Gregory Pushes Boundaries

Cover Tech Ashley Gregory talks about her cover image and gives advice to other techs looking to move into editorial work.

Cover Tech Contest 2016

A Study in Contrast: Once again, NAILS’ readers have spoken, and this year you selected Moscow-based nail tech Anastasia Luksha’s bold but simple design for our cover. Our congratulations and thanks go out to Luksha and the other 11 finalists. After viewing their incredibly imaginative and varied designs, we’re glad that selecting the winner was your job, not ours.

NAILS Announces Cover Tech Contest Finalists

Congratulations to our 12 Cover Tech Contest finalists. Now it’s time for you to vote for the ones you love the best.

Cover Tech Contest 2015: The Masked Woman Wins

If you want to overdose on brilliant photos of nails, take a look at this selection of images submitted to our recent Cover Tech Contest. Winning cover tech Amanda Lenher took top honors with her knock-out comic book-inspired nails. Our heartiest congratulations go to Lenher and all the other finalists. And a giant thank you goes out to everyone who entered this year’s competition.