Intricate art and over-the-top rhinestones make for great eye candy, but there’s something equally satisfying about a beautifully simple set of pink-and-whites. When I found out that international nail competitor and artist Karin Strom had planned to visit Los Angeles from her hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, I jumped at the chance to have her in the studio—she is the queen of pink-and-whites. What’s more, she brought her protégé with her, her daughter Jessica, and the two worked in tandem to build, shape and design our cover nails. While French nails are always popular for brides, Karin and Jessica added a few subtle touches—a hint of rose gold and unexpected stone shapes—that would appeal to the modern bride.

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