It’s with much excitement that we announce the 12 finalists in our inaugural NAILS Next Top Nail Artist contest.
It’s with much excitement that we announce the 12 finalists in our inaugural NAILS Next Top Nail Artist contest. With talented entries from all over the world, narrowing down the contestants from the 24 semifinalists was no easy task. In order to select our final 12, we asked the artists to compete in two weekly challenges that were judged by the team at NAILS and Gelish founder Danny Haile. Six contestants were eliminated in each of those two early challenges.
The weekly competition will take place beginning August 30. Each week the contestants will be given a challenge to complete and one contestant will be eliminated. Judges include NAILS’s team members, Gelish’s Haile, and guest judges from our weekly sponsors (CND, Dashing Diva, Entity, Gel II, INM, It’s So Easy, Misa, NSI, OPI, and Orly). In addition, voting will be open online for anyone to vote for their favorite contestant.
The final two contestants will be flown to ISSE Long Beach January 25-27, 2014 for a live final event at the trade show.
Follow along with our contestants at www.nailsmag.com/ntna (which will be live in late July) and on social media using #NAILSNTNA and #NextTopNailArtistTop12.
Click here to see a list of the 24 semifinalists.
Without further ado, please help us congratulate our Top 12:
Contestant #1: Britney Tokyo
Hometown: West Hollywood, CA
Preferred nail art medium: 3-D art, hand-painted art
Favorite nail trend: gel nail color blending
“I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I have been doing nail art for 10 years, but my love for nail art started as a little girl as I drew little pictures and art on my toenails and fingernails. I currently reside in Los Angeles, but am active in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo. My nail designs are inspired by American pop art and Harajuku fashion. Most of my designs are filled with lots of color!”
Contestant #2: Christian Mans
Salon name: Jeweled Nails
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Preferred nail art medium: Gel
Favorite nail trend: Jewelry nails
“Competitive in nature, I strive to set myself apart in the nail industry with advanced techniques and unpredictable methods to create one-of-a-kind nail art. Born and raised in South Africa, I take nothing for granted and have committed my life to prove that nails is a form of art just like painting, drawing, and sculpting.”
Contestant #3: Harold "Buddy" Sims
Salon name: Bella Dea Day Spa
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Preferred nail art medium: I love them all, but seem to do the most painting or sculpting.
Favorite nail trend: I love the combo of inlay with 3-D elements on top, creating an intensely dimensional design of depth and beauty.
“My endeavors into nail technology began as a pre-teen in Omaha, where I currently live. Even then, I was fascinated with being able to ‘transform’ nails and create beauty. Later in life my interests expanded, leading me to an artist position with a designer make-up company, and I had work published throughout the Midwest. Around the same time, the opportunity to further explore nail technology presented itself. I attended The College of Nail Design in 2012 and accepted a position at the adjoining and beautiful Bella Dea Day Spa, my home away from home. Though I was scared (and not all that experienced...) my fascination with the endless possibilities pushed me further. Being accepted as a contestant is a dream come true. I am creating art that I love and live.”