Photographer/director Lindsey Byrnes watches over the set before taking the trophy cup pictures for "Nail It" Magazine.
Here is a closer look at the design that moved the judges to tears, and Ashley into the winners circle. Ashely placed dried flowers on her sugar skull design.
Judge Jan Arnold set up a CND nail art manicure table with many embellishment options to get her regal bling in place before the show. She’s so graceful.
Ashley was always a bouquet of color. If you look closely, her tattoos match her multi-colored roses on the first of her final looks.
Stephanie Lavery, Editor In Chief of ‘Nail It!’ Magazine gets a dazzling and clean white manicure from our on set nail art specialist Ronna Jones.
During the first 8-hour day of art, Kandi Banks sketches out her designs and makes notes on how her signature look will be placed on her nail canvas.
Here is a nail idea that Ashley ended up scrapping: she layered gold leaf over her tip and it looks like a little gold nugget.
Lauren Wireman’s detail was impeccable and you can see why. She mapped out the times of each design to ensure that the allotted 16 hours would be enough.
During this off-camera day of design, the contestants were not allowed to speak to each other. They were given their phones to listen to music to inspire them.
Before adding the bright roses, Ashley’s design was perfect and, according to judge Jan Arnold, looked expensive.
Before going to the stage, the 'Nail’d It' models were not allowed to use their hands, so they had to be spoon fed their dinner.
This final set by Kandi looked good enough to eat. Her cartoon meets candy looks were a favorite amongst the 'Nail’d It' crew.
Host Adrienne Bailon keeps it glam while relaxing back stage in her gorgeous season finale dress.
Everyone was dripping in sparkle and bling. Judge Elaine T. Watson came to shine with her glittery set.
Here is a design idea that Lauren started and decided to skip. Who knows what this would have become.
On set our judges had to make some tough decisions and dole out hard advice but that never stopped them from smiling and having a great time.
Jan Arnold took notes on each design and scored the contestants thoughtfully.
Our models loved the art they were rocking and had a blast striking a pose once their designs had been jugged privately.
Here is a design idea that never made it to Kandi Banks’ final set. Her Willy Wonka “Kandi bar” looks incredibly real.
Since there were two looks per contestant we had double the models for the final episode. There was an entire room set up for models to get a manicure after hair and makeup.
Running the top nail magazine means you have to keep your nail game on point. Even while judging, Stephanie Lavery was a boss covered in crystals.
Because this was the finale, our models got bright smokey eyes and sophisticated hair styles. They sat like princesses backstage before walking out.
Another design feature that was not mentioned was this peanut butter and jelly butterfly that bounced around as the model moved.
Lauren’s poppy model made sure to sit still before judging. After one of her flowers was dropped during the competition, she sat safely in the judging area.
With her eyes wet with tears, Ashley hung out on set after the show with Adrienne and the judges. Congratulations Ashley!