Gelish founder Danny Haile and dean of education Vu Nguyen showcase their talents on the cover nails and share some working secrets.

Quick jabs and big laughs were part of the backstage banter among cover artists Danny Haile and Vu Nguyen, but when it came down to doing the nails, it was all business. This month, we invited the art-and-craft duo to tag team the cover set with a truly bright design. CEO and founder of Gelish Haile, “the crafter,” created extensions using the newest product to the brand, revolutionary PolyGel, a high-viscosity gel that makes for super easy and quick enhancements. Once Haile led and shaped the extensions to perfection, “the artist,” Gelish dean of education Nguyen, stepped in to create a marbleized look. Of course, when it came to choosing the hero hue for this design, there was no way we could choose just one. Fortunately, the Gelish Make a Splash Summer Collection has such a drool- worthy palette that we decided to use them all! Nguyen’s trick? Mixing PolyGel with Gelish color to create his own easy-to-blend mixture. The final touch: white striping tape (Haile’s idea). Not only did it create definition among the myriad hues, but it was also a nod to the detailing seen in many swimsuits—proving that this collection is definitely pool-party approved.

[Credits: Nails: Danny Haile & Vu Nguyen, Gelish; Photography: Angela Marklew; Makeup: Jadyn Ngo, Artists and Company; Hair: Ashley Lynn Hall, Art Department; Model: Valerija, Elite Model Management; Digital Imaging: Art Vasquez/RP Digital]

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