Celebrate National Nail Polish Day (6/1) with Julie Kandalec Nail Design Books!

Today- June 1- is National Nail Polish Day!

Today is the day to celebrate the beauty of having
great designs or colors on your nails with this new product!

I was always a nail polish junkie. I have boxes of polish (which I have started giving away to friends) because I would not have the time to sort through all the polishes. I used to take photos of my nails on my phone to save the specific looks that I have put together. However, that didn’t work out well because I didn’t have a folder just for nail photos. Sorting through all the photos on my camera– not so much fun! I always wanted to curate through the looks but I really didn’t have the time to spend going through a few hundred photos just to find nail pictures. I recently discovered a great way to save the great nail looks that you (and I!!) create so that we can replicate the look or tweak it.


Julie Kandalec!

Celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec (former creative director at Paintbox, and founder of Masterclass Nail Academy) has launched a new product that will help you create and/or document the latest designs on your nails.

Julie just launched her first retail product, a gorgeous self-published nail art book for both consumers and professionals alike!



This 42-page metallic-gold inked book includes educational elements such as color theory, as well as color combination ideas to spark creativity in nail aficionados.


Photo Credit: Brian McDougall


Available on June 1, 2020, in honor of National Nail Polish Day, and the day she lost her mother, the book is available for purchase on www.nailmasterclass.com as well as on Instagram at @julieknailsnyc, for $24 dollars.
(Check out the Instagram link I  provided above  so that you can see Julie’s LIVE video talking about this great new book!)


Photo CreditLayout by Ava Kotelova

2-page inner spread that is in these books displaying some of the best in nail art! 

 The release features twin covers with nail lacquers hand-swirled by Kandalec, photographed by Nick Parisse, and the inside spread features editorials done by Julie with famed beauty photographers, Jamie Nelson, and Yu Tsai, among others.


Julie talks about what sparked her to create this book

Inspired by a cover shoot where she had to design forty different looks, the editorial manicurist sketched out all forty tips on a flight home from Tokyo, saving hours of work.
“I was regularly creating nail art looks for private clients, brands like Essie and Christian Siriano, and on set with Elle and Cosmopolitan. Understanding that nail artists (like all creatives) are visual beings, I wanted to design something tangible that a client or artist can create in, whether they are together or apart.”

“Now that we are all home and salons are slowly re-opening but with limited services, saving time is vital. My hope for my Nail Art Design Book is for every nail art lover to use this as a daily diary of nail art that inspires them, to show what trends and colors they are obsessed with, want to wear on their own nails or create for a client. I hope that this sketchbook makes designing nail art more exciting and easier and that you find ways to connect with other nail art lovers through collaboration” said Kandalec.

“As nail salons begin to re-open, saving time is vital. My hope for my Nail Art Design Book is for every nail art lover to use this as a daily diary of nail art that inspires them, to show what they are obsessed with, want to wear on their own nails, or on their clients. I hope that it makes designing nail art more exciting and easier and that you find ways to connect with other nail art lovers through collaboration” stated Julie.



The book also features clear illustrations of Julie’s favorite tools of the trade, and 27 pages of blank nails to sketch or paint in, in three shapes – almond, oval, and square. (see below)

Photo Credit: Brian McDougall

Offering 540 nails total, printed on high quality, opaque 100# cover paper to prevent bleeding, the book is wire coil bound to lie flat for easy sketching and laying out gems and studs.



In addition, 10% of each sale throughout the month of June will be donated to the Trade-Works Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that is close to Julie’s heart.

Photo Credit: Trade-Works: Julie teaching Nail Technology in Kingston, Jamaica to local children in 2019

Trade-Works brings beauty professionals to teach their skills to under-resourced youth in Jamaica. The book is proudly printed in the USA.



From Essie campaigns to backstage at New York Fashion Week, Julie Kandalec is the nail professional that editors, designers, and celebrities call to make their dream nails come to life. The founding creative director of Paintbox in New York City, Julie made chic and on-trend nail art accessible to a mainstream clientele and now shares her years of experience with salons, schools, spas, and hotels around the world as the founder of Masterclass Nail Academy.
Her clients include Mariah Carey, Camila Cabello, Emma Roberts, and Hailee Steinfeld. Her work has been featured in Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Vogue, WWD, and on campaigns for Chanel, Dior Beauty, YSL Beauty, Tiffany & Co., Glossier, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay and Maybelline.
Follow her nail journey around the world at @julieknailsnyc!


Order this book ASAP. If you have a family member or bestie who loves nail polish, you might want to order this as a gift in advance of the holidays or as a birthday gift!

This book has a fabulous and helpful presentation and you will love having it around to help you create a unique nail design for your nails!


Stevie Wilson,

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