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Annoucing Our Top 12 Finalists

Posted June 14, 2013


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 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’ 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 the live finale.

Follow along with our contestants at www.nailsmag.com/nexttopnailartist/2013 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 (in alphabetical order) our Top 12:

1. Britney Tokyo

2. Buddy Sims

3. Christian Mans

4. Jane Weiner

5. Julie Ventura

6. Lauren Wireman

7. Lexi Martone

8. Max Nguyen

9. Ryoko Garcia

10. Temeka Jackson

11. Victoria Zegarelli

12. Winnie Huang