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Perhaps the strongest color in the spectrum is red—a natural fit for the nails gracing the cover of our “Power Women” issue. So when nail artist Naoko Saita arrived on set, we had a glorious time choosing just the right shade. We wanted something classic and creamy, not glittery or metallic, for the extended almond gel extensions and settled on a beautiful candy apple crimson. Then Saita added some artistic interest with a few hints of negative space peppered with iridescent Mylar flakes and glittering sugar. To separate the distinctive sections and add a touch of glam, she added a curvy line of metallic gold art gel. This bold set takes the classic red manicure to the next level, reminding us that red tips are never boring.

[Nails: Naoko Saita, Opus Beauty; Photography: Cory Sorensen; Makeup: Iris Moreau; Hair: Juanita Lyon, Celestine Agency; Model: Esme, The Industry Model Mgmt; Digital Imaging: Art Vasquez, RP Digital]

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