cover tech contest

Cover Tech Contest 2020: Bright Visions

With a colorful tie-dye design and unique photography, nail tech RussAnna Dudley won the top spot this year. Eileen Fox’s on-trend milk bath design took the first runner-up spot, while Sarah Petersen’s geometric design took the second runner-up spot, and Scarlett Senter’s dramatic floral French was the third runner-up. Congratulations to all our finalists and thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition.

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Help Us Choose the 2020 Cover Tech Contest Winner

Vote for your favorite Cover Tech Contest finalists! The winner will grace our January 2020 cover.

How to See Your Nails on NAILS Magazine’s Cover

Holly encourages nail techs to enter the NAILS Magazine Cover Tech Contest.

On My Mind: Cover-Worthy

“How do I get a cover?” is a question I get asked nearly every day — so, dear readers, here is your chance. Before you go to and share your work with us, here are my tips for entering a successful submission.

A Visual Guide to NAILS' Cover Tech Contest

Have you ever wished you could see your work on NAILS Magazine's cover? Our Cover Tech Contest could be your chance! Follow these guidelines to create a cover-worthy entry.

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.

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!

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