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  1. Signature Nail Designs PananiaSignature Nail Designs Panania
    182a Tower Street (located within Beauty Spot Salon), Panania 2213
  2. Arbour Nail Lounge & BarArbour Nail Lounge & Bar
    Shop 2, 746 Brunswick Street, New Farm 4005
  3. Bella Nails Australia FairBella Nails Australia Fair
    Shop G044 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
  4. Excel Nails - North TerraceExcel Nails - North Terrace
    Shop 3 (inside the New Royal Adelaide Hospital), North Terrace, Station Arcade 5000
  5. Excel Nails - NorwoodExcel Nails - Norwood
    154 The Parade, Norwood 5067
  6. Nail ParadiseNail Paradise
    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
  7. Allechante Nails & BeautyAllechante Nails & Beauty
    2/414 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  8. Cheveux By EllyCheveux By Elly
    1299 Logan Road, Mount Gravatt 4122
  9. Miss Jay's Nails and BeautyMiss Jay's Nails and Beauty
    438 Smith Street (Inside Laser Erazer), Collingwood 3066
  10. Mollyfuns Nail ArtMollyfuns Nail Art
    level 1, 241- 245 Lonsdale street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  11. Salute BeautySalute Beauty
    Shop 8/34-38 Siganto Drive , Helensvale 4212
  12. Two Birds Hair and Beauty SalonTwo Birds Hair and Beauty Salon
    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
  13. Dry and Tea - HighpointDry and Tea - Highpoint
    200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong 3032
  14. Coco Nails - South YarraCoco Nails - South Yarra
    Shop 2, 53-61 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141
  15. Kimmys Hair Nails & BeautyKimmys Hair Nails & Beauty
    50 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth 5112
  16. Pure EnviPure Envi
    Shop 419 Kawana Shoppingworld, Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina 4575
  17. Jewels Beauty & HairJewels Beauty & Hair
    2 / 213-215 Universal Street, Oxenford 4210
  18. The Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea HeightsThe Nail and Beauty Room - Chelsea Heights
    Market 279 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights 3196
  19. Stunning Nails Hair and BeautyStunning Nails Hair and Beauty
    1198 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly 3163
  20. Ryota Hair SalonRyota Hair Salon
    1 105 Albert Street, Brisbane CBD 4000
  21. Dry and Tea - DoncasterDry and Tea - Doncaster
    619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster 3108
  22. VONVY Spa NAIL Club - MalvernVONVY Spa NAIL Club - Malvern
    236 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
  23. Model Look Beauty and HairModel Look Beauty and Hair
    237 Canterbury Road, Canterbury 3126
  24. QV BeautyQV Beauty
    166 Missenden Rd, Newtown 2042
  25. Ivy Hairdressing & Beauty SalonIvy Hairdressing & Beauty Salon
    19 55 George Street, Parramatta 2150
  26. Diva Beauty and Nails SalonDiva Beauty and Nails Salon
    633-639 Hume Highway, Casula 2170
  27. Tam's Beauty Shop - Camberwell JunctionTam's Beauty Shop - Camberwell Junction
    Shop 9 480 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East 3123
  28. Excel Nails - North AdelaideExcel Nails - North Adelaide
    25A O'Connell Street, North Adelaide 5006
  29. The Nail Hair and Beauty Room MorningtonThe Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington
    Shop 6, 211 Main Street, Mornington 3931
  30. Foresta Spa & Laser ClinicForesta Spa & Laser Clinic
    71-73 A'Beckett St, Melbourne CBD 3000
  31. Passion Hair and NailsPassion Hair and Nails
    50 Young St , Frankston 3199
  32. You and Me Beauty SalonYou and Me Beauty Salon
    6 / 185 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
  33. Splash BeautySplash Beauty
    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
  1. The Super Rad Nail SistersThe Super Rad Nail Sisters
    322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065
  2. Miami NailsMiami Nails
    704 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124
  3. The Nail LabThe Nail Lab
    Shop 1 / 330 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 2010
  4. Wow NailsWow Nails
    Shop 2 / 521 Toorak Rd, Toorak 3142
  5. Fresh Nails - Neutral BayFresh Nails - Neutral Bay
    Big Bear Shopping Centre 116 Military Road, Neutral Bay 2089
  6. Lovely NailsLovely Nails
    Shop 6 242 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick 3185
  7. Essential Shine BeautyEssential Shine Beauty
    90B Balwyn Road, Balwyn 3103
  8. Kot NailsKot Nails
    Shop 9, Box Hill Central Shopping Centre 1-2 Main Street, Box Hill 3128
  9. Missy LuiMissy Lui
    1/1161 High St, Armadale 3143
  10. Timeless Nails & BeautyTimeless Nails & Beauty
    103 Maling Road, Canterbury 3126
  11. Texas NailsTexas Nails
    1240 High Street, Armadale 3143
  12. Jade Nail SalonJade Nail Salon
    473 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  13. Toorak NailsToorak Nails
    Shop 12 / 501 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142
  14. Boutique Nails and BeautyBoutique Nails and Beauty
    1 Railway Walk South, Hampton 3188
  15. L2 Nail & Beauty SalonL2 Nail & Beauty Salon
    265B Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
  16. Hollywood Nails - Box HillHollywood Nails - Box Hill
    Level 1, Shop F12 1 Main St, Box Hill 3128
  17. Opulence Nails - LilydaleOpulence Nails - Lilydale
    309 Main Street, Lilydale 3140
  18. Happy Nail South YarraHappy Nail South Yarra
    Shop 13 37 Chambers Street, South Yarra 3141
  19. Love NailsLove Nails
    Shop T38 / 33 Hutchinson St, Lilydale 3140
  20. Boronia Nail LoungeBoronia Nail Lounge
    Shop 4 AEC Arcade (Dorset Square) / 218-224 Dorset Road, Boronia 3155
  21. M.A.I. Nails & FootspaM.A.I. Nails & Footspa
    331 High Street, Northcote 3070
  22. Ti Amo NailsTi Amo Nails
    Shop 2 / 55 - 65 Railway Road , Blackburn 3130
  23. Port Melbourne Nails and BeautyPort Melbourne Nails and Beauty
    Shop 3 158 Bay Street, Port Melbourne 3207
  24. Five Star NailsFive Star Nails
    126 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
  25. Coco Nails - CamberwellCoco Nails - Camberwell
    5 Cookson Street, Camberwell 3124
  26. Criss-Cross Nails And BeautyCriss-Cross Nails And Beauty
    507 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  27. Elwood Classy Nails & SpaElwood Classy Nails & Spa
    137 Ormond Road, Elwood 3184
  28. Fantastic NailsFantastic Nails
    135 Mentone Parade, Mentone 3194
  29. All Star NailsAll Star Nails
    3a 323 Chapel Street , Prahran 3181
  30. Q & H NailsQ & H Nails
    Shop 2 / 44 Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  31. The One NailsThe One Nails
    Shop 1 / 117-119 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
  32. Red Apple Nails & BeautyRed Apple Nails & Beauty
    128 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  33. Sunny Rose Nails & BeautySunny Rose Nails & Beauty
    175 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  34. Camberwell NailsCamberwell Nails
    517 Riversdale Road, Camberwell 3124
  35. Flora Nail CareFlora Nail Care
    194 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  36. Little Kimmy's Nails & BeautyLittle Kimmy's Nails & Beauty
    290A Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  37. Sparkling Diamond Nail SalonSparkling Diamond Nail Salon
    2 Queen Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
  38. Peony Shine BeautyPeony Shine Beauty
    553 Highett Road, Highett 3190
  39. Angela De NailsAngela De Nails
    Shop 7 / 148 Wattletree Road, Malvern 3144
  40. Eternity NailsEternity Nails
    480 Hampton St, Hampton 3188
  41. V inStyle Nail SpaV inStyle Nail Spa
    97 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056
  42. Millenium NailsMillenium Nails
    165A High Street, Prahran 3181
  43. Magical NailsMagical Nails
    161 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
  44. So Cue NailsSo Cue Nails
    u2/145 Ormond Rd, Elwood 3184
  45. Mekong NailsMekong Nails
    430 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
  46. GoldeNail SalonGoldeNail Salon
    198 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
  47. Pearl Nails And BeautyPearl Nails And Beauty
    261 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3065
  48. Salon Le NailsSalon Le Nails
    105 Canterbury Road, Blackburn 3130
  49. Allure Beauty RoomAllure Beauty Room
    Shop 64, North Blackburn Shopping Centre 66-104 Springfield Road, Blackburn 3130
  50. Hannah's Healthy NailsHannah's Healthy Nails
    141 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
  51. CTA Salon - AbbotsfordCTA Salon - Abbotsford
    Shop 2 & 3/313 Victoria Street, Abbotsford 3067
  52. Sapphire Nails Spa & BeautySapphire Nails Spa & Beauty
    462 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
  53. Regal Cosmetic Tattoo Nails & BeautyRegal Cosmetic Tattoo Nails & Beauty
    7/108 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North 3161

Nail Art

It used to be enough to hurriedly apply a coat of colour to your nails before you rushed out the door, waving your hands in the air as you went to dry them! But things can be a little more complicated now, especially if you want to achieve gorgeous, on-trend nails with personality and detail.

A few years back, nail art meant sprinkling some glitter over your wet polish, or adding a few shiny baubles. Now, fingernails are becoming mini works of art.

From the Catwalk to the Street

As with most forms of body adornment, nail art isn't new. Egyptian mummies have been found with their fingernails decorated with henna. And the Ming dynasty - famous for their extraordinarily long fingernails - wore gold and jewel-encrusted nail guards.

Today there are online galleries filled with nail art designs. There's even an online Museum of Nail Art, where practitioners can display their work. And thanks to the catwalk and the media, this intricate form of body decoration is now available to everyone, not just the rich and famous.

Nail art can take many forms and anything goes. You can use colour, texture, rhinestones, lace, foils, and even magnets. One of the biggest trends today is for hand-painted pictures - something that first appeared in England in the 1930s.

Miniature Landscapes

The English at the start of the twentieth century were a very trendy bunch indeed. Not only did they come up with the idea of using black nail polish, but they also commissioned miniature painted landscapes on their fingernails. Interestingly, the idea of stick-on nail designs was also considered at this time but just didn't catch on.

Brushes are a great way of applying nail art and come in various shapes and sizes to create lines, dots and shading. This is a very delicate and intricate artform that requires both skill and patience.

Other methods include sponging (to create a graduated or faded effect) taping, (to create a more defined or checkerboard look), and the use of stickers, one of the easiest ways to achieve artful nails.

Digital Art

Stamping is great for applying designs on top of your nail colour. While stenciling is similar to stamping, it allows more creativity with patterns. You can even design your own. An airbrush is often used to get a perfect finish.

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in nail art is digital. Many professional nail salons now have digital nail art machines and can quickly achieve the look your desire. Amazingly, these machines can even use scanned photographs, or pictures from your digital camera, to print onto your nails.

There are many reasons why you might consider nail art. For starters, it can be very unique and individual. It's a real statement about who you are. And, because you know they look amazing, it can also be a huge confidence booster.

The Pros of Nail Art

You can use nail art to match or accentuate an outfit or even take the focus away from what you're wearing.

Nail art can even give you a sense of wellbeing. It takes time to create, so you have no choice but to switch off and relax and de-stress in a soothing salon environment.

For nail art to look its best, you need to start with healthy, well-prepared nails. Nails that have been regularly manicured and maintained are the best canvas. Your design can go straight onto your own nails, or onto artificial nails, like acrylic or gel.

Many people choose to decorate acrylic nails, rather than their own, as it offers longer lasting effects and less chance of damage. The best plan is to talk to your manicurist and see what they advise.

You'll find some fabulous nail artists right here on Bookwell.