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Dream Big - Achieve Success

Dream Big - Achieve Success   When you decide to pursue a career within the beauty industry, don’t be afraid to dream big. Like you, the top stylists and makeup artists in the world started out as newbie beauty school students. Before they conquered the industry, they all had Read more

Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice

Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice   Do you wait all year to flip your calendar to October so that you can begin planning your Halloween costume? If you are the type of person who goes all-out for Halloween, including a homemade costume, expert makeup and perfect hair, Read more

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare   To be successful in the beauty industry, you need to consistently stay on top of trends. When new clients call to request the latest and greatest skincare craze, you want to have the know-how to put them on the books. Here are Read more

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare

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Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare  

Trends In Skincare

To be successful in the beauty industry, you need to consistently stay on top of trends. When new clients call to request the latest and greatest skincare craze, you want to have the know-how to put them on the books. Here are the top five trends you need to have on your radar.

Custom Skincare

The one size fits all model for skincare is no longer acceptable. Skincare products are being custom tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Beauty brands such as Curology, Bioclarity, and Blend and Boost are using analysis tools to match each person with the exact product they need to address skincare issues. All-over skincare is becoming popular too with clients looking to have beautiful and healthy skin, not only on their faces but from head to toe.

Microbiome Products

For years and years, the majority of skincare products have focused on moisture restoration to fix issues like dry and flaky skin. However, the latest products take things a step further by helping the microbiome on the skin’s surface stay balanced. The microbiome on the skin is made up of microorganisms that work together to keep the skin healthy but can be adversely affected by environmental factors. Working to re-balance the microbiome can reverse common skin problems.

Crystal Skincare

Crystals such as ruby, citrine, and amethyst are popping up in more and more formulations of skincare products. The crystals are being used to create skincare products that have anti-aging and revitalization benefits. Crystal facials are also becoming a highly requested service with applications having a detoxing and purifying effect.

Earth-Friendly Treatments

The popularity of products and treatments that don’t contain harmful ingredients has increased substantially. Natural skincare is very trendy right now and involves the avoidance of ingredients such as parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, silicone, and artificial fragrances. Clients want to use products with labels that state they are non-toxic, all natural, and organic. Popular skincare product brands with natural skincare products include Farmacy, Eminence, and Acure.

Rubber Face Mask

Rubber face masks are a beauty trend that has been popular in Korea for some time but has only recently become more well known stateside. The masks may start out in powder form and then once water is added, they take on a rubber texture. The texture allows for the mask’s ingredients to penetrate the skin’s surface deeper.

Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy offers challenging and exciting beauty programs that will teach you all about the newest skin trends to keep your eye on. Programs of study include focuses on skincarespa therapist, and full specialist. Reach out today for more information.

What’s Hot This Summer In Hairstyles

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What’s Hot This Summer In Hairstyles

Summer In Hairstyles

The top hairstyle trends for the summer of 2018 are designed to showcase your fun side. Hair is meant to not only look beach-ready, but also be styled to hold up during hot and humid weather. Here are the top looks you’ll want to try out.

Elevated Pony

High ponies are perfect for the summer—they are easy to create and also keep you cool during the hottest of days. Give your ponies a little something extra by adding accessories like twisting a bedazzled ribbon through it. Low ponies can also be styled by wrapping the entire length with a silk scarf. A lot of 1990s-inspired styles are also in this season, with scrunchies used to secure ponies.

Dramatic Bobs

Blunt, very angular bobs are expected to be seen everywhere this coming summer. Longer bobs are popular since they give the option to be styled both up and down. Ends for straight bobs can give off a lot of high drama by being cut with a razor instead of scissors. Curly shorter bobs are another summer look to experiment with.

Bangs Are Back

Bangs seem to go in and out of style about as frequently as the seasons change. Bangs are a hit again with micro fringe bangs having a moment. These shorter bangs are cut well above the brow line. If very short bangs aren’t your thing, try out longer whispy bangs for the summer. Choppy side-swept bangs are a low-risk style to test out if you’re looking for a simple and low-maintenance hair makeover.

Micro Braiding

Braids instantly make you feel as if you’re on an island getaway. For this year, smaller braids are in style. Look for twists like leaving the bottom half of longer hair loose while the top half has very tight braids. Longer and looser braids can be used for side ponies or even pinned on top of the crown to create a braided headband.

Sleek and Styled

Damp hair is having a moment right now. Many hairstyles can look as if you just jumped out of the ocean and still have perfect hair. Sleek low ponytails are one option available with damp hair tight against the scalp. Another option is a messy updo with a few wet strands left loose out front. Messy updos are being created by a lot of teasing until a wind blown look is achieved.

Always stay on top of style trends by attending courses through Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy located in Tampa & Lakeland, Florida. Find out more about the different beauty programs by contacting them today at (863) 682-4247.

Men’s Hair and Beard Styles

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Men’s Hair and Beard Styles

March Madness is here and we are ready to focus on the latest men’s hairstyles and beards on and off the court. Expect to see more natural hairstyles and beards as the weather warms up. Although looks will remain polished, gone are the days of over stylized hair.

Medium Length Hair

For years, men’s hair length seemed to fall into one of two categories: short or long. With medium-length spring styles, the cuts are meant to complement the man’s natural hairline while showcasing texture. Razor cuts made on a 45-degree angle and doing some notching will create movement and texture for men.

Edgy Crop

Crop cuts are making a comeback for March Madness, but expect plenty of unique flair added to the style. Crops will have fine line details that are playfully called “cat scratches.” Fades will be slightly higher as a way to make the top of the crop look longer. Adding a Technicolor shade like neon green or orange to cropped hair will also be hot this season.

Longer Side Part

For those men who are looking for a more classic style, they will like a cut with medium hair growth that has a longer length side part. To keep the longer hair from appearing unkempt, clean tapering will be done around the sideburns, nape and close to the hairline.

Long Full Beard

Men will have to take a few months to fully grow out their beards and the final look will depend on how the beard fills in. A full beard still needs regular maintenance. This involves trimming the sides while letting the chin hairs grow longer. The mustache hairs will also need regular trimming to avoid covering the lips. Men will need to apply a beard lotion daily to stop any itching. A product like beard balm is also essential to keep any stray hairs in place.

Reverse Fade

Not all men can grow a full, burly beard. For a fun take on a shorter beard style, you can do a reverse faded beard. With this type of beard, the fade faces the opposite direction of the sideburns. To achieve this, you will trim a blunt line between the sideburns and start of the beard and then trim about 1 cm off of the longer facial hair so it goes at a steady pace from short to long.

Interested in mastering the art of men’s cuts and styles? The Artistic Nails & Beauty offer educational programs for individuals looking to break into the beauty and barber industry.

Holiday Beauty Gifts – Must Haves This Holiday Season

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Holiday Beauty Gifts – Must Haves This Holiday Season

Holiday Beauty Gifts

Giving the gift of beauty this holiday season will be a surefire success. Many men and women don’t take the time out to pamper themselves. Another great thing about beauty gifts is that they can be tailored to work with any budget.

Beauty Mask Set

Do you know someone on your gift list who is obsessed with facial masks? Then, the five-piece set Mask-A-Holic by Peter Thomas Roth is a surefire holiday hit. The masks are appropriate for any skin type and addresses any skin issues you may have. The 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm is the showstopper of the set and is guaranteed to leave your skin looking more radiant while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retail price of the gift set is $244, but the gift set can be purchased for just $75.

Self-Tanning Set

One of the most awful things about the winter is the effect of being indoors has on our skin. Most of our complexions become pale and pasty during the colder seasons. A self-tanning kit is definitely a beauty gift any recipient will love to receive. Tan-Luxe produces a trio gift set for under $60 that promises a healthy glow without any streaking.

Lipstick Sets

Are you trying to decide on a gift for a recipient who is infatuated with lipsticks? Lipsticks are a gift that will never go out of style. Lipstick gifts are also great to give since the recipients can try out new shades without shelling out their own cash. The Tom Ford Girls & Boys Trio features three full-sized lipsticks from the beauty maven’s brand new collection. The $108 price tag is well worth it for this luxurious holiday present.

Brush Kit

A good makeup brush set at an affordable price can be hard to come by. Fortunately, during the holidays, many top makeup brands release limited edition brush sets. For instance, the MAC Snowball Mini Brush Set features three mini versions of the brand’s top-selling brushes.

Travel Case

If you’re unsure of the brands and products your gift recipient already has in her collection, a makeup travel case is a safe bet. Choose a durable metallic case with plenty of compartments to hold a variety of products. Newer versions like the one from Slaycase, even come with a lighted mirror to help her get ready on the go.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy has two convenient locations in the Tampa area. Our programs of study include cosmetology, massage therapy, spa therapy, nail technician, and many more. 

Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume

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Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume

Halloween Hairstyles

Halloween. Time to let your inner desires materialize in costume form. We pay so much attention, however, to the costumes and makeup that we often neglect hair. That’s too bad, because hairstyles can make or break a costume. In fact, hairstyles can be your costume! It can make you prettier or, indeed, scarier.

Sleek and Pretty: Hairstyles for the Princess

If you intend to be a princess, or even certain superheroes, then you may want pretty hair. For the superhero in you, you may want the lush free flowing hair. Smooth, big waves with a deep side part will work well. For the princess, you’ll want braids and more braids. Wrap braids around in a bun, or let a fishtail braid run down your back. For an added twist, clip on a spider for extra Halloween effect.

But maybe you’re the unicorn or Pegasus, a pet for the princess, if so, you can start with temporary rainbow hair dye and then create a horn in the front center of your head, or ears off to the side of your head, but starting with small buns and wrapping your hair around them, using small sections at a time. To top any hairstyle off, you can sprinkle on rainbow glitter to sparkle your way from house to house trick or treating.

Super Fun Scary: Hairstyles for the Ghoul

So, you don’t have to be a ghoul. You could be a zombie, a skeleton, even Maleficent to chase the princesses running around with their sweet smiles and beautiful hair. Whatever you are, hairstyle matters. What you’ll need are accessories, temporary hair color dye and a lot of mousse or other hair product to create “effects.”

Every Halloween store you visit has an abundance of hair accessories and temporary hair dye in spray or gel form. Whether your hair is braided, free flowing, or suspended in air, accessories can enhance the fun: from headbands (horn headbands to wrap hair around for Maleficent horns), to creepy crawly clips (spiders spinning a web), to accessories not specifically for hair (think: plastic snakes slipping in and out of braids for a Medusa look). For the monster in you, you’ll want to turn your hair color into something metallic, silvery or a steely blue. The sprays are good but the gel allows you to style your hair while dyeing it.

Whatever you do this Halloween, your hairstyle will set you apart from the rest. Take a few minutes to plan – even practice – and then on the night of All Hallows’ Eve, prepare yourself.

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Fall 2017 Beauty Trends You Need To Know

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Fall 2017 Beauty Trends You Need To Know

Fall 2017 Beauty Trends

Although we’re sad to see summer go, fall is practically around the corner. With cooling temperatures, beauty trends will inevitably change. Expect to see lots of neutral shades in hair, nails, and makeup styles. Another trend to watch out for this fall: classic designs with a modern twist.


One of the biggest surprises you’ll see this fall when it comes to hair is the reemergence of the bow. Don’t think over the top patterned bows pinned to the top of the hair, but a subtler look like a low ponytail tied loosely with a simple bow. Black shiny bows are particularly in style this season and were seen all over the runway when designers premiered their Fall 2017 collections.

Retro waves are expected to make a big comeback with women wearing curls, long and loose. For girls with a natural curl, bangs are an option to consider. Even if you have tighter curls, you could leave a few wispy bangs to hang out front.

Deep side parts will also be another trend to watch this coming fall. After the part, hair can be pulled to the back tightly for an easy, polished look. Pin the hair loosely for a more casual style.


Fall nail color will be much darker and more dramatic than summertime manicures. The best place for color inspiration can be found through OPI’s new Fall 2017 line titled Iceland. Standout colors in the collection include icy blues, deep purples, and sparkling browns.

Metallic designs will be popular this fall—especially gold and silver accents on top of deep reds and browns. Trendsetters will also be looking for new ways to add more texture to nails including 3D accents, fringe, and chrome topcoats. Abstract designs will be more popular on nails—allowing nail technicians to stretch their creative muscles. Split nails and half moon manicures are also expected to become trendy this fall.


Lips will be the focal point when it comes to autumn makeup looks. Bold colors, such as deep plum and ruby red, will be wildly popular. Lip liner in a shade darker will make lipstick standout even more.

Smoky eyes are always in style, but the new twist will include an unexpected splash of color, such as yellow or orange eye shadow. Metallic shadows, especially gold shades, will make a major comeback this season. With the boldness of the eyes and lips, little to no makeup will be used on the cheekbones.

Do you have a passion for following beauty trends? Learn what career opportunities are awaiting you by visiting our Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy website.

Top Five Hair Stylists To Follow on Instagram

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Top Five Stylists To Follow on Instagram

Hair Stylist To Follow on Instagram

Need some inspiration? If you are just getting started in your career as a stylist, a new graduate, or even a student, and are looking to stay inspired every day, we have gathered the top five stylists to follow on Instagram to give you your morning kick.

Tracey Cunningham

Tracy has an incredible story. She started out as Bette Midler’s Nanny and emerged into a top celebrity stylist. BTW- Bette Midler actually paid for her to go the beauty school! Her list of celebs includes Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and many more.

Tracey is Redken’s creative consultant for color, co-owner of Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, and currently travels around the country with her educational forums.

We love Tracey’s Instagram feed because she gives us insight into the work that she is doing and shares her color techniques. 

I l you and your #pinkhair @busyphilipps #olaplex and @jasonpaulhair for helping

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Ursula Stephen

Another amazing celebrity stylist and salon owner with clients including Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Ursula always knew hair was her passion and has been a licensed stylist since graduating high school.

We find Ursula’s Instagram feed inspirational as we follow her travels around the world doing hair. Recently she was at the Cannes Festival in France and the Met Gala in New York. She gives us something to reach for.

Jen Atkin

Not only is Jen Atkin a celebrity stylist but the New York Times has called her “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World”. Jen has over 2 million followers just on Instagram, and we understand why. She shares advice, how-tos, inspirational quotes, and fun tidbits with her followers.

Atkin has launched her own products line, OUAI, released a range of Beauty Works hair extensions, a line of hair accessories, and started, a digital magazine that has stories, how-to videos, workshops, celebrity contributors, and that allows readers to share content from across the world.

Chris McMillan

The creator of “The Rachel”, the hairstyle from the TV show Friends that defined the 90’s, Chris McMillan is the quintessential California Stylist. His salon in Beverly Hills caters to celebrities wanting the laid back, sexy, beachy looks that Chris has created.

Following Chris on Instagram means seeing all those wonderful looks he is creating today for the red carpet and the numerous magazine covers.

@alexilubomirski @mrchrismcmillan #blackandwhitephoto #tattoo #raw #notouchup #gay #50 #documentlife #love

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Ted Gibson

Known for his editorial and runway work, Ted Gibson’s work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Allure, and many more. He has worked New York Fashion week for designer labels such as Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Lela Rose.

Ted is fun to follow.  He is an educator and an inspiration for the craft which he loves. Seeing his creations leaves us stunned.

These are our top pics for Instagram accounts to follow. Inspiration here we come!

Top 5 Hair Trends for 2017

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Top 5 Hair Trends for 2017

Hair Trends for 2017

Throughout 2016, there was certainly no shortage of fun and unique hair trends. From the ombre color to the return of the angled bob, there’s a good chance you tried something new with your own hair last year. Now that 2017 is here, we’re ringing in the new year with some bold new hair trend predictions!

The “Grown-Out” Look

This will be a new favorite color go-to for those of us with roots that are too laborious to maintain. The grown-out look, also known fondly as “bronde,” is a combination of blonde and brown. Hair is colored blonde at the ends and remains darker at the roots, with the colors fading gradually into each other. Think of it as a more natural and subtle version of the ombre!

Blunt Bangs Are Back

If you’ve been growing out your bangs, now might be the time to reach for the scissors once again. Blunt bangs are back, especially for those with oval or rounded face shapes, who can really pull off this dynamic look. Thinner and wispier blunt bangs will be big in 2017 and we’re excited about it!

Break Out the Straightener

Sleek and straight hair will once again make it big in 2017. Short, long, or in between—it doesn’t matter! Everybody can pull off the straight-hair look. Just make sure your hair is healthy if you choose to straighten it on a regular basis; fried ends and damaged hair are never trendy. A heat-protecting spray goes a long way in preventing damage.

Layered Cuts With Major Volume

We also anticipate that this year will be all about the layers! Fun, heavily layered looks with lots of dimension and volume will take the world by storm. This goes for cuts and styles of all lengths. Shorter layers and choppy ends will make for a fun and edgy look.

Deep Side Parts

Forget the subtle side bang. We’re talking deep side parts in 2017. Specifically, we’re beginning to see many women changing up their natural part to the opposite side to create some seriously impressive volume without the need for products.

From color to cut and style trends, these are a few of our predictions for 2017. Only the next 12 months will reveal the year’s hottest hair trends, but we think these are a pretty safe bet, given what we’re already seeing this early on.

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

Getting ready for the holiday season and wondering what to get the beauty fans in your life? Check out the top 10 holiday gift ideas in beauty below. You’re sure to find something for every beauty fanatic on your list.

1. OPI 10-Pc. Breakfast At Tiffany’s Mini Set.

What could be more romantic and classic as Breakfast at Tiiffany’s? This collection contains everything she will need, from the classic whites and pinks, to the vibrant reds, and some unexpected blues. The collection can be purchased at Macy’s for $28.95.

2. Dermalogica Power Rescue Masque Trio.

When life gets stressful, as the holidays are sure to do, this gift will revive the skin and make the recipient feel energized and refreshed. The kit costs $59.00 and can be purchased directly from Dermalogica at

3. ipsy Subscription.

Want to keep the beauty treats coming all year long? Get her a subscription to ipsy. Every month she will receive a custom Glam Bag with five beauty products. A one year subscription goes for $110.00 and can be purchased online at Check out the November 2016 “Rockstarlet” BTS + Sneak Peek.

4. Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick.

This set of eight mini liquid lipsticks are perfect for that ever changing girl in your life. These are long lasting with high pigment colors. This set can be purchased from Sephora for $49.00.

5. The Koko Kollection by Kylie Cosmetics.

This is the hot new trend – a must have for the 2016 Holiday season. A collaborative effort by Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian. These lip products will be launched November 9th and will retail for $40.00. See kyliecosmetics’ Instagram feed for a sneak peak.

6. Gilmore Lip Balms.

Do you have a Gilmore Girls fanatic on your list? Urban Tee Farm has just the gift. Gilmore Lip Balms include Vicious Trollop, Spring Break and Java Junkie. They go for $5.25 each or you can get all three with the Gilmore Lip Kit for $12.00.

7. Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit.

Yes, we love Madam C.J. Walker’s story. This is a deep conditioner for stressed hair that will leave hair looking and feeling healthy again. Retails for $38.00 and can be purchased at SEPHORA.

8. Fizz & Bubble Limited Edition Candy Cane Milkshake Bath Fizzy.

Looking for a great stocking stuffer? This is the ultimate fun in the tub. With scents from the season, your loved one will be  pleasantly surprised with this adorable gift. The Bath Fizzy can be purchased from ULTA beauty for $15.00.

9. Birchbox for Men.

We don’t want to forget the men in our lives. Here is another subscription service that will have your man feeling and looking good. Every month he will receive a customized  box with 4 grooming samples and a full-size product. Subscriptions are $20/month.

10. Beauty Service.

nothing is better than giving a beauty service to enjoy. By giving a gift certificate for a service, you are essentially giving someone time to be selfish, to get the service they want but might not have taken the time or spent the money on for themselves. This holiday season, give them the gift of beauty, give them an Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy gift certificate.

We hope this top 10 holiday gift ideas in beauty gets you started on your shopping list!

Brazilian Beauty: Beauty Trends from Brazil

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Brazilian Beauty: Beauty Trends from Brazil

Brazilian Beauty

The Olympics are about to take place in sunny Rio. In honor of this important event let’s take a look at some of the better beauty trends that have come from this amazing area of the world. Brazil has long been known as a hotbed of interesting beauty ideas. The women there are without a doubt some of the most beautiful people on the planet, and they take their beauty routines very seriously. Here are some trends that are definitely Brazilian beauty at its finest.

Brazilian Hair Straightening

This keratin based treatment was the answer to millions of women’s frizzy hair issues. A smoothing treatment that is semi-permanent and last until your hair grows out? Many people still sign up for this salon treatment every three to four months or so, even though the service is not cheap – with costs usually starting at $150. It came to the United States around the year 2006, so Americans have had a good ten years of flawlessly textured hair, blown out to perfection, when they submit to this service.

Brazilian Bikini Wax

The Brazilian women are known to adore their “teeny tiny itty bitty” bikinis and love to flaunt their bodies on the beaches in Rio. So it’s only natural that they would have pioneered this waxing method that takes it all off. Seriously. All of your hair, down there, gone in one painful session. It does make the area quite smooth and bikini ready, if you dare to have it done.

Amazing Skin

The women of Brazil are also known for their glowing, perfect skin. So they are always up on the latest body skin care to make their skin smooth as silk. Plus, they truly believe that improving your circulation is the key to great looking skin, so they champion massage treatments on a regular basis to achieve this. Long strokes during a massage seem to flush out inflammation and toxins, so that even their cellulite appears less noticeable.

Stand Out Makeup

Brazilian women are not a shy bunch. They aren’t afraid to spend a ton of money on cosmetics. Highlighting their best features is easy when they aren’t afraid to go bold on the eyes and lips. So they load on the mascara (waterproof, of course), lots of eyeliner, and even bright lips. This trend is a little harder for American women to follow because they have been schooled in the “pick one feature” theory of showing off only one feature at a time. Be like the Brazilians and go for that fuchia lips with a smoky eye. You’ll feel sexy and beautiful, just like the Brazilians do.

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