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February 17. 2013 9:28AM

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With the precision of a surgeon, Ben Nguyen sweeps down upon a set of nails and goes to work, laughing and chatting the whole time. • "We do all types of designs, but I have one woman who will come in and say to me, ‘I'm setting you loose today,' and I just go crazy with painting her nails," the owner of Queen Nails on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre said as he swirled purples and pinks onto an acrylic. • The days of plainly painted nails are now in the past.

"There was definitely a decline when it comes to nail art, but we've seen it pick back up recently," said Danielle Yedloski, co-owner of Déj? Vu Salon on Route 315 in Plains Township.

Does this mean the ever-familiar sound of airbrushing that emits from many a salon will be heard again? Not exactly. Nail art has taken a couple of twists and turns to provide several options for those looking for a funky set.

• Hand-painted: This is the type of nail design in which Nguyen specializes. Using an array of colors, thinner brushes and toothpicks, he creates a dazzling piece of art on a tiny canvas.

"We have tons to pick from," he said. "Some people even come in with designs they found on the Internet that we do."

The most popular, he said, are cheetah and zebra patterns. Starts at $10 at Queen Nails.

• Rockstar nails: If you aren't afraid of a little glitz and glam, go this route. Rockstar nails are a gel glitter that's put under a UV light and recommended for acrylic sets.

"The glitter is both chunky and smaller, but the chunky kind really pops," Yedloski said. $20 at Déj? Vu.

• Photo finish: Have a picture you want imprinted on your nail? No problem. Queen Nails does that, too. Katy Perry pulled this off in the days she was with ex-hubby Russell Brand, strutting her stuff on the red carpet at an MTV Video Music Awards show with Brand's full face on each nail. Starts at $10 at Queen Nails.

• Decals: Another way to layer designs on nails is through decals, which come in several different styles and are quick and easy to apply. $10 at Déj? Vu.

• Magnetic: Talk about nail attraction.

"The nail is painted and then a magnet is run across it, creating all different types of designs," Yedloski said of the Magnetix brand of polish Déj? Vu carries. $10 at Déj? Vu.

• 3D art: Nail design will really pop with acrylic shapes put on top of an already-painted design.

"We can do hearts, butterflies and flowers," Nguyen said. "We lay them on top of the nail and surround them with acrylic to fasten them on." $10 at Queen Nails.

• Shellac system: This is a design specifically for natural nails.

"It's perfect for people who have taken the acrylics off to let their nails breathe but feel naked with no polish," Yedloski said.

Shellac is a polish with a gel in it, and there are now additives available to play around with color.

"It's like when you were in school; you're just mixing your colors," Yedloski said. Powders are mixed in with the shellac to make any hue desired. $15, $20 with additives at Déj? Vu.


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