Technique Articles

Nail Techs: How Do You Do Your Own Nails?
As a nail tech, you do manicures for other people all day long. But when you go to polish your own nails – especially those on your non-dominant hand – it’s an adjustment. Plus, when are you supposed...
Nail Art Tutorial: Opals and Stripes
Shimmering opalescent nails are perfect for clients seeking something eye-catching. The elegant shine pairs well with everything from pastels to metallics. Sarah Elmaz of Get Buffed Nails shows in...
Nail Art Tutorial: How to Apply Transfer Foil With Hair Glue
Nail tech Denise Heavner from Jefferson, Ohio has a hack that will allow you to skip the gel process before applying transfer foil. Traditionally to apply transfer foil, you’ll need a surface that’s...
Nail Art Tutorial: How to Sculpt White Acrylic Roses
Learning how to sculpt flowers as a nail tech isn’t just a fun party trick – it’s also a valuable skill that can help you increase the price of your nail art upgrades. White flowers like these can be...
Nail Art Tutorial: Blue and White Flowers
Up your nail art skills by tackling this blue French, done by nail artist Andrea Weber (Nagelstudio Nails by Andrea). She explains how to do the manicure with gel: Step 1: Prep the nails as usual....
Nail Art Tutorial: Metallic Blue and Gold Gel
Nail artist Maria Mann of StyleFactory in Dresden, Germany mixed blue and gold for a mani reminiscent of shimmery island waters. Here's how. »[pagebreak]What you’ll need:* Night blue metallic gel*...
Nail Art How To: ‪Marie Antoinette Opulence (April 2015) Behind the Nail Pros
Max Estrada talks about his inspiration for the April 2015 cover and shares behind-the-scenes tips for how he created the nail look. While these nails aren’t realistic for every day, the gold...
How To: Marbled Easter Eggs Using Nail Polish
Easter is probably one of the few times of the year you find yourself painting tiny designs on things other than nails – but that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize your nail art skills to give you an...