Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Gelish CEO Danny Haile and dean of education Vu Nguyen returned to NAILPRO’s studio to take us on an urban safari. Inspired by an education trip to South Africa, the newest collection from Gelish and Morgan Taylor brings the Serengeti to the city with a palette that practically begs to be swatched. Think: dusty mauve, metallic pewter and midnight blue. This month, the dynamic duo was at it again, with Haile prepping the model’s already gorgeous nails with an ultrathin (for camera only) tip-and-overlay using Hand & Nail Harmony ProHesion Liquid + Powder. Then, Nguyen stepped up to the plate to create a very wearable and sophisticated tribal-inspired design on a few accent nails. The rest were polished to perfection with multidimensional mulberry Wanna Share a Tent? from the African Safari collection. But the best part of the day was watching the pair in action: The witty banter, the ability to work in tandem with ease and the respect they share for each other’s skill and experience make it clear that they truly enjoy working together—and it shows in the final result!

[Nails: Danny Haile & Vu Nguyen, Gelish; Photography: Armando Sanchez; Makeup: Garret Gervais, MCH Global; Hair: Sara Denman, Celestine Agency; Model: Lucyna Amszej, Hollywood Model Management; Digital Imaging: Art Vasquez, RP Digital]

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