BEHIND THE NAIL PROS BY STEPHANIE YAGGY LAVERY October 2017 * $5.00 * Volume 27, Number 10 * nailpro.com THE MAKING OF OUR COVER IT WAS SUCH A PLEASURE TO WELCOME BACK NAILPRO CUP CHAMPION ALLIE BAKER TO OUR STUDIO. It's always fun to work with Baker, as she never fails to have plenty of ideas at her disposal. For this fall cover, she proposed two unique nail shapes: the triangle edge and stiletto edge. Baker ﬁrst encountered these designs by following an Eastern European nail artist on social media. Never having met her inspo, Baker utilized her own knowledge of nail structure, and through some trial and error was able to recreate the looks. A little color and some studs were all that were needed to turn these nails into a masterpiece. NAILPRO CUP WINNER ALLIE BAKER "I don't often use gold embellishments-I usually prefer silver- but I really like the way these nails turned out!" -Allie Baker Creating the Cover Nails 1 Baker began by applying forms and sculpting the nail into a sharp stiletto edge. She used the cover pink acrylic to create the shape of the nail (rather than relying solely on filing later). 2 Once the acrylic was set, she used an e-file to refine the shape of the nail and a hand file to finish. 3 4 5 6 Using a nail-piercing tool, Baker added a hole to the center of the free edge. 30 NAILPRO OCTOBER 2017 Then, she wove a thin piece of wire through the hole and wrapped it around the tip of the nail. Next she applied a hand-mixed shade of wine color acrylic to the free edge. She applied this after sculpting the entire nail so that it would have a natural rough appearance. Lastly, Baker used resin to apply gold studs and spikes around the perimeter of the nail bed.