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Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh took two hours (Credit: Jacqueline Connor)

Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh took two hours to create this water-marble nail effect. She has become so well known around town for her nail art that a neighbor recently gave her a giant box of polish to add to her vast collection. (July 30, 2012)

Meet some of Long Island's best nail artists

Newsday invited select Long Island nail artists into the studio for a photo shoot to show the fashionable side to finger painting. View the highlights here, or browse all of our creative reader photos.

Emily McLaughlin, 15, of Seaford, painted this colorful
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Emily McLaughlin, 15, of Seaford, painted this colorful zebra print using a nail design brush. She prefers Essie polishes and switches up her nail designs as often as every other day. (July 30, 2012)

Danielle Milazzo, 24, of Melville, started doing her
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Danielle Milazzo, 24, of Melville, started doing her own nails to avoid the costs of a salon. She paints a fresh design every Sunday, using anything from nail art pens to feathers. (July 30, 2012)

Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh took two hours
(Credit: Jacqueline Connor)

Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh took two hours to create this water-marble nail effect. She has become so well known around town for her nail art that a neighbor recently gave her a giant box of polish to add to her vast collection. (July 30, 2012)

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Lisa Sala, 17 of Massapequa Park, says she
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Lisa Sala, 17 of Massapequa Park, says she spends one to two hours painting her own nail designs. She used tooth picks to create this look, which was inspired by a paisley print in her room. (July 30, 2012)

Emily Miller, 20, of New Hyde Park, painted
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Emily Miller, 20, of New Hyde Park, painted this beach-themed design for summer. She has a blog dedicated to nail art, where she showcases cute, holiday-themed manicures along with her favorite new polishes of the moment.tumblr.com. (July 30, 2012)

Manicurist Hannah Nguyen gives Patty Vieira a gel
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Manicurist Hannah Nguyen gives Patty Vieira a gel manicure at Nails and Spa 2000 at the Morton Village Plaza. She is known for her creative nail designs. (July 26, 2012)

Helene Correa shows off her acrylic nail art
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Helene Correa shows off her acrylic nail art designed by manicurist Hannah Nguyen at Nails and Spa 2000 at the Morton Village Plaza. (July 26, 2012)

Alexandra Raso, 16, of Port Jefferson loves to
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Alexandra Raso, 16, of Port Jefferson loves to get creative with nail polish. She uses Sally Hansen nail art pens and a variety of brushes to create her unique designs. (July 30, 2012)

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Shannon Judge, 11, of Mineola painted her nails
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Shannon Judge, 11, of Mineola painted her nails following a major trend — differentiating the ring finger. “Shannon always does her own nails,“ says her mother, Dina. “She loves to play with all her colors." (July 30, 2012)

Emily Miller, 20, of New Hyde Park shows
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Emily Miller, 20, of New Hyde Park shows her beach-inspired nail art. (July 30, 2012)

Rachel Price, 24, of Long Beach mixes her
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Rachel Price, 24, of Long Beach mixes her own glitter at home and has her custom nail designs done at Thnh Nail Salon in Oceanside. (July 30, 2012)

Lisa Sala, 17 of Massapequa Park shows off
(Credit: Jacqueline Connor)

Lisa Sala, 17 of Massapequa Park shows off her nail art in Melville. (July 30, 2012)

Emily McLaughlin, 15, of Seaford shows off her
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Emily McLaughlin, 15, of Seaford shows off her nails in Melville. (July 30, 2012)

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Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh shows her water
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Marissa Scicchitano, 21, of Wantagh shows her water marble nail art in Melville. (July 30, 2012)

Danielle Milazzo, 24, of Melville shows her feather-inspired
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Danielle Milazzo, 24, of Melville shows her feather-inspired nail art. (July 30, 2012)

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