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Nail News: Mani Your Instagram Photos, Plus High End Polish Portraiture

A new app lets you make nail stickers from any image and, someone figured out how to paint pictures with polish -- for money.

It's a (Nail) Snap!
It's a (Nail) Snap!
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly read (or, hello, write) an original story about fingernails and their staggeringly long parade of accessories, a whole bunch of nail news floods your consciousness. Or, in my case, InBox.

So far this week (and it's only Wednesday folks) I've written about cuticle tattoos, and the OPI Muppets Most Wanted collection and, today, I have two more points of nail centric interest for your inquiring minds/manis.

First up, an app that lets you make nail stickers out of Instagram pix.

NailSnaps, currently seeking $47K in angel money via Kickstarter, "Lets you turn your photos into one-of-a-kind nail polish stickers you can apply yourself in minutes for custom, wearable art." Seems like a cool, if not complicated (?), concept. Watch:

Then, veering ever so slightly off our typical nail course, there's the story that illustrator Eli Neugeboren and still-life photographer Christine Blackburne have done a sequence of portraits using, you guessed it, nail polish.

Blackburne, who says that she shoots "a lot of nail polish blobs and squiggles for magazines and different cosmetic companies," thought it would be cool to "take this beauty product that we usually apply to our own bodies and turn that on its head -- so you see the beauty product making a beautiful person."

The concept was cool but, given the difficult nature of working with something as viscous as polish, the execution was challenging. Neugeboren opted to drip rather than paint the portraits. " With dripping, you have to get over the natural impulse to want to control everything and make it perfect. To me the experience was much more like a gesture drawing, but using a liquid to do it."


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