To say gals like over-the-top nails these days is to merely scratch the surface. For many, it's an art form and their fingertips are nothing less than tiny canvases. Nail Swag's gel nail studio takes creative claws to a mind-blowing level, with a squad of artists who always seem to be experimenting with color and design as well as texture, hues and embellishments. Nail Swag's services go more than skin-deep: Techs use only “Japanese” gel for higher quality and pigment, and toenail work is done via a “heated bead pedicure” with water beads to promote water conservation and limit bacteria. The mani and pedi process includes a free consultation and multitiered options: Tier 1 includes popular designs such as ombre, blends, marbles and foil; Tier 2 features more intricate line work and embellishments, sticker work or gems and rhinestones; and Tier 3 is custom, imported designs by studio artists using multiple nail-art techniques. Oxygen Network just started airing a TV show featuring Swag's work, but you can get it yourself at the downtown studio by appointment only.

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