Featuring a combination of encapsulated and three-dimensional designs, coupled with the juxtaposition of matte and glossy finishes, the nails on this month’s cover reflect techniques that are trending in Mexico and Central America right now. To create the contrast, Mia Secret international master educator Blanca Martinez (@blancamartinezzzz) sculpted narrow square nails, and then added a pastel watercolor background. When Martinez is working in the salon, she keeps client functionality top-of-mind, so for the cover nail designs, she chose to embed most of the 3-D elements (roses and a unicorn), because inlaid designs are less likely to get caught on hair or clothing. To complete the look, she topped the set with plenty of rhinestones. Don’t forget to check out the behind-the-scenes video from our cover shoot at nailpro.com/videos/behind-the-cover to see how Martinez created this set.

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