Technique Articles

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This is forecasted to be one of the summer's hottest looks: the tie-dye nail. It's simple, sophisticated, and can work as an accent or one all ten fingers (or toes). Two-time CND Grandmaster Melissa...
Nail Art Tutorial: Rhinestone Bauble
Don't stop with the second dimension. Go above and beyond! One way to create totally unique, over the top urban art? Va- Va Varnish's charm bubble. Like a locket, you can fit all bits and pieces...
Nail Art Tutorial: Cotton Candy
Remember the pure joy of snacking on cotton candy at a fair or baseball game?  Rekindle that same excitement with this sugary nail design. Celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees showed us how she...
Nail Art Tutorial: American Flag Nails
If your clients are proud to be American, put this pattern on their nails! Hiroko Fujikawa of West Hollywood’s MARS the Salon explains how to achieve this decked-out style.1. Apply a base coat.2....
Nail Art Tutorial: Simple Fourth of July Mani
Spoil your clients with a festive July 4th mani anyone will love. Hiroko Fujikawa of West Hollywood’s MARS the Salon demonstrated how to create something simple and sparkly.Step 1: Prep your nails by...
Nail Art Tutorial: Pink Dandelions
Try something totally new and completely whimsical on your clients' nails! Nail tech and stylist Blanca Anguiano showed us how to get the look. »[pagebreak] Supplies: Sally Hansen Hot Pink Art Club...
5 Tips for Hard Gel Application and Removal
Keep these tips in mind for effective hard gel application and removal!• Oil on the nail or surface of the product will cause gel and sealers to lift. Be sure to cleanse properly before applying gel...
How to Do Backfills and Fills for Gel French Manicures
There are two ways to rebalance French gels. One method involves carving out the free edge with an electric file and then applying new product. This method is called a backfill, and can be done with...