The democratic self-expression of nail art

Published 6:55 PM ET, Fri February 10, 2012
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Mainstream America is embracing wild forms of nail art like never before, thanks to the affordability and accessability of nail accessories. Click through the gallery to see samples from professionals and DIYers.
Lisa Bailey of London shares creations, tips and techniques on her website, Nail Art 101.
British nail artist Sophie Harris-Greenslade, aka the Illustrated Nail, used her blog to attract celebrity clients like M.I.A. and Nicole Scherzinger.
Her work was featured in Nailphilia, London's first nail art exhibit in 2011, alongside industry greats including Marian Newman and Sophy Robson.
Nail art enjoys a huge following among DIYers like Stephanie Lee, a recent college graduate who sells her work on Etsy while looking for a job. Stephanie Lee
Stephanie Lee
Stephanie Lee
British nail artist Sophy Robson has built an empire around her iconic rainbow tips and use of graphic pop art images. The owner of London's Sophy Robson Nails and NailPorn concierge service also appeared on the Martha Stewart Show to show the American style icon how to make 3-D nails. Sophy Robson Nails
New York-based Fleury Rose is one of several nail artists lending her talent to several shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Fleury Rose
Three-dimensional nail art that uses charms and rhinestones has long been a trend in salons like Tippie Toes in Miami. Tippie Toes Inc.
Nail technicians from across the country attend Tashina "Poochie" Green's classes on how to create safe, eye-catching nail art. Poochiez Pawz Nail Studio
Poochiez Pawz Nail Studio