Reality Nails: NAILS Next Top Nail Artist

Our sister publication, NAILS Magazine, is launching a reality TV-inspired nail art contest looking for the NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, and you could be it!

Aside from uploading three to 10 nail art photos of your best work in the online application, it also requires a three- to four-minute video of yourself answering the question: Why are you NAILS Next Top Nail Artist? That’s where things get interesting. As part of the weekly elimination challenges that require uploading photos of your amazing nail art, some challenges may require you to upload videos or to use various aspects of social media. The great thing about this is you get to design and create in the comfort of your own home/salon without having to spend money on air travel or hotel.

The top 16 will be chosen on May 31st based on the applications. The top eight will compete in weekly elimination challenges starting on September 14th. The top two finalists will be flown in, airfare (up to $500) and two-night stay paid for by NAILS, to attend ISSE Long Beach 2014 and compete in a live finale! The winner will be announced at the beauty show and will win a $2,000 cash prize.

This is no ordinary nail art contest. Some dedication and time commitment will be necessary to complete the weekly challenges as well as working knowledge of social media and knowing your way around a camera/video camera. If you’re an awesome artist but don’t know much about technology, don’t let this stop you! The editors and I would be more than happy to help with any video or photographing tips.

This contest is set for licensed nail techs who are not currently working as an educator for any nail companies. You do qualify if you have been an educator in the past. International nail artists can apply as well!

I hope this contest will bring forth some great artists. I also hope there will be at least a couple competitors of Vietnamese descent. Although Vietnamese nail techs make up nearly half of the nail industry in the U.S., I can only count a handful of competitors past and present (Trang Nguyen, Joseph Pham, Amy Oung, Robert Nguyen, Vu Nguyen, Trina Ngo, Christine Tran).

Complete the online application by Apr. 27. If you register by Apr. 12 you will be automatically entered into an early bird raffle.

Visit for more information and e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions. Or leave your questions in the comment section and I will find the answers for you.

Let me know if you’re interested, the Next Top Nail Artist could be you!

— Kim

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