Nail artist Ashley Craig is the winner of Nail’d It Season 1! This lucky and talented lady scored $100,000 and now gets to do nails for the cover of Nail It! magazine!
The episode had the best nail art of the season – Jan Arnold even commented that Ashley’s winning talons looked “expensive,” Kandi’s candy nails were good enough to eat, plus Lauren’s poppy nails blew us away. Take a peek at some of the photos from the episode.
Photographer/director Lindsey Byrnes watches over the set before taking the trophy cup photos you'll see later in Nail It! magazine.
Ashley's winning design that included dried flowers and sugar skull.
Ashley's colorful work station
Our Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Lavery gets a dazzling white manicure from the set's nail art specialist Ronna Jones.
An early idea Ashley scrapped: gold leafing over a tip to look like a gold nugget.
Ashley's beautiful design!
Kandi's chocolate nails
Lauren's poppy nails pre-judging
With her eyes wet with tears, Ashley hung out after the show to snap photos with the judges.
A seven-year nail industry veteran, Ashley believes her designs are a reflection of her unique personality. From mixing textures like glitter and Mylar to her hand painted art, Ashley is known for putting “everything but the kitchen sink” into her 3-D nail designs and often places amongst the top 10 in competition circuits. As a visual art major, Ashley paints more than just nails: wall murals and tattoo designs are also in her repertoire. As a single mother, her hope was to win the competition to provide a better life for her daughter. Congrats, Ashley!