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Nail art on rise in Red Centre

By Patrick Nelson

Nail Technology students Munatji McKenzie and Jennifer Taylor Nail Technology students Munatji McKenzie and Jennifer Taylor

If practise makes perfect, then there are some highly accomplished nail art practitioners on the horizon in Alice Springs.

More than a dozen students have taken part in beauty therapy training sessions at Charles Darwin University’s Alice Springs campus in September, with many of them focussing on nail art.

Beauty therapy trainer Tamara Porter said several students had demonstrated some outstanding skills in artistry.

“The level of creativity was excellent and their technical skills sound, which will give them a good platform from which to continue developing.”

Ms Porter said there had been renewed interest in nail art among the general population in the past few years.

“It’s always been around, but the fact you see it on the red carpet and in runway shows has helped lift its profile.”

Ms Porter said there had been a shift towards complex designs.

“There is a lot of scope for practitioners to be as creative as they like. They are limited only by their imaginations and their proficiency level.”

Ms Porter said students could learn about nail art in several courses offered by CDU.

“We offer a Certificate II in Nail Technology course to VET in School students. There are also nail art components in our beauty services and beauty therapy courses.”