After dabbling in competitions for years, nail tech Allison Baker started this year out with gusto by keeping her competition schedule full and her product applications perfect. Her hard work paid off — landing her in the #1 spot on this year’s Top 25 list above a group of very talented and competitive nail techs.
11th: Viv Simmonds
Viv Simmonds created some awe-inspiring designs this past year. [right] These mythical fantasy fingers were made complete by her Helen-esque model Fiona Otten.
The Australian fantasy nail virtuoso, Viv Simmonds, had another fine year of competing and creating excellent works. She got off to a strong start with a first place win at ISSE Long Beach in the veteran category for 3-D Nail Art. Then Simmonds took home two second place wins in the veteran categories for 3-D Nail Art and Fantasy Nail Art at Premiere Orlando. Viv often has her work published in leading international nail magazines.
16th: Trina Ngo
Trina Ngo of San Jose, Calif., finished the year strong with a first place entry for the Soak-Off Gel Manicure category at IBS Las Vegas (shown here).
Trina Ngo scored some early points in 2012 at the ISSE Long Beach show with a third place showing in the Soak-Off Gel Manicure Non-Divisional competition. She continued honing her soak-off gel skills and scored another third place win in the same category at Premiere Orlando. The practice paid off, and culminated with her winning first place in this category at IBS Las Vegas. She hopes to continue to compete next year and improve her skills.
19th: Ryoko Garcia
Ryoko Garcia won first place in the Hand Painted Nail Art Veteran category with a theme of alien life at the IBS Las Vegas Nailpro competition. “I couldn’t believe that I won,” says Ryoko of her win. “I was so impressed with the other entries it took a minute for it to register that I won.”