It’s with much excitement that we announce the 12 finalists in our inaugural NAILS Next Top Nail Artist contest.
Contestant #8: Ryoko Garcia
Salon name: Bella Day Spa and Salon
Hometown: Navarre, FL
Preferred nail art medium: I love all nail styles.
Favorite nail trend: Stiletto
“My name is Ryoko (Ree-yoh-ko) and I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and am now living in the United States because my husband is in the United States Air Force. I've been doing nails for nine years. I love doing nails more than anything. I’m dedicated to creating whatever my clients want. I always set out to achieve whatever I put my mind to 100%. I’m very passionate and it shows in the work I do. I remain humble because there’s no limit to learn something new. I’ve also been competing in nail competitions for the last five years. I like competing because I know the more you challenge yourself, the more you learn.”
Contestant #9: Temeka Jackson
Salon name: Custom Nails by Temeka
Hometown: Orange, CT
Preferred nail art medium: All different styles and designs
Favorite nail trend: Pointy nails
“My passion for nail art derives from the fashion and art industry. When I look at fashion and art it's unique, different, and you can make it your own. When I design nails I look at the shape of the nails, the customer’s taste, and how I can make every single design unique, and I begin to create something that would be breathtaking to others. When you are passionate about your work it will show in the design. Nail art can be created into anything. My passion for nail art comes from the heart. I love to see the smiles on my customers’ faces when I am done creating their beautiful looks. Making people look and even feel good and creating custom art brings joy to the quality of my work and that's what makes me passionate about my nail art.”
Contestant #10: Truc "Max" Nguyen
Salon name: Bellagio Nails Salon
Hometown: Lebanon, TN
Preferred nail art medium: Freehand painted designs
Favorite nail trend: Nail enhancements and art design
“I personally think that everybody has their own different way of showing their art. My art is a little different because it’s more like a mixture of tattoo and handpainted fine art. I only use polish paint to paint my nail art.”
Contestant #11: Victoria Zegarelli
Salon name: Nail Bar Lounge
Hometown: Ronkonkoma, NY
Preferred nail art medium: Acrylic paint is mandatory in my arsenal, but I love anything that sparkles.
Favorite nail trend: Deco nails! I’m also inspired by Japan’s “kawaii” nail art and a mixed jumble of funk and swag.
“I am a nail couture nail artist who strives to learn and create the latest nail designs and trends. I love when my clients challenge me to create nails unique to their own style. If you love nail art, I’m your nail girl! You dream it, I’ll draw it!”
Contestant #12: Winnie Huang
Salon name: The RAWR Shop
Hometown: Surrey, B.C., Canada
Preferred nail art medium: Flat art, mixed media
Favorite nail trend: Neon/pastel gradients
“Chocolate-loving, fun, and possibly the most random person you will ever meet! I embrace my weirdness, and sometimes I like to do nails — kidding! My love for nail art just keeps growing more and more each day. I’m grateful to be living in a city that inspires me constantly and I can’t wait to soak in all the amazing talents in this competition!”