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This Airbrushed Mani Is Ready for Miami Swim Week

We’ve got contributing editor Natalie Alcala on speed-dial. Not only does the LA-based writer and blogger know the best places to score an unforgettable braid, she’s also discovered the secret to perfect skin from Hollywood’s elite. Every week, she’ll be cluing us in to the latest in West Coast fashion, beauty, and fun.


This week I’m back in Miami to report on the scantily clad scene that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. But before I left LA, I stopped by my secret spot for airbrushed manicures: CT Nails #9 by David. Known as the man for intricately printed tips (girls come from all over the world to see him), David can whip up just about any design you’re dreaming of.

Since my natural nails are ridiculously long right now, it’s the perfect time to experiment with far-out art. After deciding that I wanted my digits to reflect the ideal Miami setting, David used a collection of individual stencils to spray on a variety of tropical scenes—and it was pretty fun to watch him work! The end result was exactly what I was going for: palm trees, flamingos, dolphins, seahorses and, of course, sunshine.

While a simple airbrush design at CT Nails is only $15, this custom creation was $30. Judging by the oohs and ahhs I’ve been getting out here, the additional price was totally worth it. Stop in and see David before your next getaway, and tell him I sent ya!

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