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NAILS has 28 years' worth of Demos and How-tos for you to review and learn new techniques. Click through to this section, organized by articles that are either demos or step-by-steps, and see Signature Services, Service Recipes, Product Demos from manufacturers, and other how-tos from NAILS.

How to Use PodoSafe Callus Remover

February 13, 2019  | Demo

PodoSafe was designed to be safe for nail techs and clients. It eliminates the need to use water or sharp tools when treating calluses and removing cuticle. It only interacts with dead skin cells and will not affect living tissue.

Keywords: callus removers   foot care   PodoSafe  

Orly Builder In A Bottle Tutorial

December 14, 2018  | Demo

Orly’s new GelFX Builder In A Bottle is a soak-off sculpting gel for nail extensions. It applies like a soft gel, wears like a hard gel, and soaks off when you’re ready to remove it.

Keywords: enhancements   gels   Orly  

How to Use Cuccio Peel it! Pre-Base

November 28, 2018  | Demo

Cuccio’s Peel it! Pre-Base eliminates the need to soak off gel-polish. Applied under Cuccio Veneer, it gives you the same long-lasting color and shine, while allowing the nail coating to simply be peeled off when it’s time for removal.

Keywords: Cuccio   Cuccio Naturale   gel-polish   product removal   removing gels  

Ugly Duckling Sugared Rose Nail Art Tutorial

September 27, 2018  | Demo

Ugly Duckling master educator Christina “Chrystacle” Cronk created this acrylic stiletto nail design with a textured rose and lots of crystals. Follow her on Instagram @chrystacle.

Keywords: baby boomers   color fades   embellished nail art   floral nail art   nail art  

How to Safely Remove Gel-Polish Using an E-File

August 24, 2018  | Demo

Using an e-file can be a quick, effective, and safe way to remove gel-polish if the proper methods are used. Erica’s ATA recommends these steps.

Keywords: electric files   Erica's Advanced Technical Abrasives   gel removal   product removal   removing gels  

Light Elegance Surf City Nail Art Tutorial

August 2, 2018  | Demo

Lingen, Germany-based nail tech Maren Kalvelage created this summery nail design using Light Elegance’s Surf City collection.

Keywords: demo   Light Elegance   nail art  

Candy Ball Bubble Flower Nail Art Tutorial

May 21, 2018  | Demo

Kim Baker of Santa Fe, Texas, shows how to create these trendy nails that look like a rose encapsulated in glass. Follow her on Instagram and YouTube @tenlittlecanvases.

Keywords: bubble flowers   candy ball nails   gels   nail art   nail trends  

OPI Powder Perfection Dipping Tutorial

April 17, 2018  | Demo

OPI Powder Perfection is an odor-free acrylic alternative that promotes a clean-air environment while offering gel-like shine and weeks of wear without the need to light cure.

Keywords: dipping systems   OPI Products  

Gel II 4D Gel French Tip Tutorial

April 17, 2018  | Demo

Gel II’s new 4D Gel system allows you to take unlimited time to shape before curing to a strong, light, and durable finish. Learn how to create a French manicure using the gel.

Keywords: French manicures   Gel II   gel-acrylic hybrid  

IBD Control Gel Clear Overlay Tutorial

February 21, 2018  | Demo

IBD’s Control Gel combines the efficiencies of gel and acrylic in an all-in-one, odorless formula.

Keywords: gels   IBD  

NAILS 35th Anniversary Cover Nails with Greg Salo

January 31, 2018  | Demo

35 Years Young: NAILS commemorates its 35th anniversary with a celebratory cover from nail veteran Greg Salo.

Keywords: 35th anniversary   acrylics   Behind the Scenes   cover techs   Greg Salo  

Nail Art Studio: Key to My Heart

January 25, 2018  | Demo

Give your client these feminine nails to show off to their special someone.

Keywords: hearts   nail art studio   Valentine's Day nail art  

Light Elegance ButterCream Tutorial

January 18, 2018  | Demo

Lingen, Germany-based nail tech Maren Kalvelage demonstrates how to apply ButterCream, the highly pigmented hard gel from Light Elegance that allows easy, one-coat coverage.

Keywords: gels   Light Elegance  

Glitter and Glass Nail Art Tutorial

January 18, 2018  | Demo

Nail tech Lisa Bennett of Bakersfield, Calif., created this delicate design using acrylic, gel, glitter, and mylar.

Keywords: French twists   glitter   glitter nail art   mylar  

EzFlow Urban Society Nail Art Demo: Painted Pavement

October 4, 2017  | Demo

This edgey design was created by Matthew Nguyen using EzFlow's TruGel Urban Society collection.

 

Keywords: EZ Flow   nail art   step-by-step  

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