From within the inky blackness peeks eye-catching shades of glimmering jewel tones—the theme for the cover nails created by the talented Amanda Treadway for Light Elegance. When tasked with the project, Treadway considered her color palette and the newest shades of Light Elegance ButterCreams, and she crafted these geodelike tips. First, Treadway lengthened the model’s short natural nails with wearable-length extensions sculpted with Light Elegance Lexy Line UV/LED Hard Gel in Baby Pink Extreme. Then, she applied two coats of Black Tie ButterCream Color Gel, mattifying them after curing. Next comes the fun part: Treadway added random shocks of color using a variety of ultraopaque shimmering ButterCreams along with a touch of glitter and pigment. The nails are relatively simple to create, but offer some serious impact—the ideal salon set for clients daring to go dark.

[Nails: Amanda Treadway for Light Elegance; Photography: Cory Sorensen, corysorensen. com; Makeup: Anthony Merante, Tomlinson Management Group; Model: Taylor Vincent, The Industry Model Mgmt; Digital Imaging: Art Vasquez, RP Digital]

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