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Up and Coming Nail Artists You Need to Follow on Instagram

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Instagram is the perfect place to go for inspiration of any kind and nail art is no exception. The amount of talent and detail that goes into these temporary works of art only keeps me scrolling through my feed wanting more. If you’re like me and need your mani-inspiration fix daily, I’ve gathered six up and coming nail artists you need to follow on Instagram. I’m calling it right now, these nail queens are going to take 2018 by storm.

1. @ladycrappo mixes metallics, mattes, bright and muted colors to create unique and one of a kind looks you won’t find anywhere else. You get the feeling that her artwork belongs in a museum just by scrolling through her Instagram feed. She also has a website where she teaches you how to create your own nail art and educates on proper nail care too.

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2. @aconailnyc is a Japanese nail artist currently working in NYC. Her use of florals, negative space, and attention to detail create elegant and timeless looks you don’t want to take your eyes off of. You’ll also be pleased to know she can work her magic on nails of varying lengths. So if you’re ever in New York City, you know where to go for a sweet mani.

3. I have to admit, I’ve been following @dipmelimegreen for quite a few months now ever since I discovered Akiko Nails, a NYC salon that specializes in custom nail art. Her edgy yet glamorous style makes for looks that any it girl would be after.

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4. A South Carolina based nail artist, @jennsnails is someone to watch out for this year. Jennifer uses lots of repeating patterns to create feminine and vibrant designs, but some of my favorites include her shattered glass look, and this textured marble mani.

5. @nailallie can seemingly make any hand look good. From the solar eclipse to the dreamy deserts of the Southwest, this creative takes nail art to a new level with her captivating designs. I mean, how often do you come across an artist who can paint a landscape on such a tiny canvas, like a 3mm fingernail? Now that’s true skill.

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6. @thenailprofessor is a Brooklyn based nail artist who knows how to work texture and chrome into her manicure. Sonia’s down to earth nature shines through her Instagram captions, and you’ll find yourself wishing you were friends with this creative gal.

Who do you follow for mani-inspiration? Let us know in the comments!

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s High-End Coffee Table

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Laura Spencer from HGTV’s ‘Flea Market Flip’


“Find it, fix it, flip it!” is Lara Spencer’s motto as she hosts the second season of HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip.” If you haven’t caught an episode yet, you’re missing out on some healthy competition that results in fantastic works of art. This isn’t your everyday fixer-upper show.
Teams of two compete head to head to create three fabulous and functional pieces that sell for big bucks. So, you’re probably asking, where’s the challenge? The creations are made out of … well … junk! The teams are given $500 each to scour through the unwanteds at flea market vendors. Whether the item is a rusty antique, like a chandelier that simply needs a spit shine, or a random conversation piece, like a traffic light that’s missing some components, the goal is to get it at rock bottom price. Whichever team turns the biggest profit gets a $5,000 prize! The show follows the teams as they take others’ junk and turn it into artistic treasures. A painting easel becomes a polished, industrial-looking mirror fit for a Manhattan loft; an uninteresting bureau becomes a gorgeous wet bar that you’d only find in the sleekest Williamsburg apartment.
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The individual projects range from quirky to beautiful to vintage to modern to weird to over-the-top to shabby-sheek to rustic to high-end to charming to artsy, with only one thing in common–all are visually astounding. Though profit is the ultimate goal, the innovative pieces have individual stories to them that are priceless. The results are more than just spruced up chaise lounges and stylized end tables: they are masterpieces. It just goes to show how far creativity, a DIY attitude, and a little elbow grease can go. Check out “Flea Market Flip” on Fridays 9pm/8c on HGTV.