Introducing Our Top 3

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We are happy to announce our Top 3 who will be competing for the coveted title of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist.

 

Throughout our 10-week competition, we saw so much creativity and skill. We were wowed and surprised week after week with the talent of these contestants. But sadly, someone had to be eliminated each week. We were left with two techs standing: Danielle Costantino and Lexi Martone. Click through to find out who will be joining them.

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So Hot and So Cold: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Paintbrushes

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Congratulations to Lexi Martone for winning this week’s So Hot and So Cold challenge. This is a record fifth win for Lexi! We love Lexi’s overall clean, crisp nail art style. While we hoped for more original art for this challenge, Lexi’s interpretation of the Heat Miser and Snow Miser was a cute take on the hot vs. cold theme. Her metallic, ombre, and distressed backgrounds with a mix of matte paints were very on trend. Using tips here was a smart decision because her nail shapes were consistent and flattering, and the tip application was perfect. We also like that the contrast between the hot and cold hands was obvious and bold.

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So Hot and So Cold: The Top 3

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Challenge 10 sponsored by Gel II asked our Top 3 to take a cue from Gel II’s temperature-activated, color-changing Reaction line of gel-polish, and hand paint a tropical/hot inspired nail design on one hand and a cool/arctic design on the other using gel-polish, nail polish, and acrylic paints.

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Week 10: So Hot and So Cold

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In honor of Gel II’s temperature-activated, color-changing Reaction line of gel-polish, we asked our Top 3 to create a handpainted tropical/hot inspired nail design on one hand and a cool/arctic design on the other using gel-polish, nail polish, and acrylic paints. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 10 Challenge page.

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Super Heroes & Villains: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Paintbrushes

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Congratulations to Lexi Martone for winning this week’s Super Heroes & Villains challenge. This is Lexi’s fourth win! We absolutely love the cute, quirky nail design. The Power Puff Girls, the mayor, and the villains are perfectly sculpted with an insane amount of detailing. Comic style illustration and 3-D sculpting on nails doesn’t get better than this. The black outlines give these nails their comic book feeling. Lexi instinctively knows how to create all the elements in the correct proportions to each other and the right color combinations. The result is that the eye can immediately take in all the separate details as a whole. Smart use of nail tip backgrounds to give the feeling of the characters being in different places. We love the little phone with his blinking red nose. Great job!

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Super Heroes & Villains: The Top 2 and the Bottom 2

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Challenge 9 sponsored by SuperNail asked our Top 4 to create 3-D sculptured comic strip nails depicting “Super Heroes & Villains” by utilizing all of the following materials: color acrylics, glitters, gel-polish, 1 unconventional tool to create the nail design (unconventional tools are defined as anything not nail-related, i.e. toothbrush, straw, masking tape, etc.). They were instructed to create their design across 10 nail tips lying side by side.

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Week 9: Super Heroes & Villains

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In honor of this week’s sponsor, SuperNail, we asked our Top 4 to create 3-D sculptured comic strip nails depicting “Super Heroes & Villains” by utilizing all of the following materials: color acrylics, glitters, gel-polish, and 1 unconventional tool to create the nail design (Unconventional tools are defined as anything not nail-related, i.e. toothbrush, straw, masking tape, etc.). We asked them to create the look on 10 nail tips (not on a model) conveying a storyline that would give the nails a comic strip feeling. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 9 Challenge page.

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Pay It Forward: Who Won and Who’s Packing Up Their Paintbrushes

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Congratulations to Lavette Cephus for winning this week’s Pay It Foward challenge. We love how personal this challenge was for you and we applaud you for taking the steps to build a life for you and your daughter through the nail industry. We love the symbolism of the open door and a wide open road that is representative of your bright future. Looking at this nail, we knew exactly what it stood for. This is the perfect example of the road you can take to become NAILS Next Top Nail Artist. We also loved that you took us to Mom’s House and showed us how it directly impacted your own life. Your design was well-constructed with lovely detailing work. We like that you combined 3-D sculpting with handpainted details to create a crisp, clear message. We know this nail and your story will inspire others out there. Congratulations on pushing yourself and encouraging others to not give up. This is great work.

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Pay It Forward: The Top 2 and the Bottom 2

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Challenge 8 sponsored by Gelish asked our Top 5 to give back by choosing a charity that is near and dear to their heart. Then we asked them to create a single fantasy nail art tip dedicated to that charity that will raise awareness for their cause. They were allowed to use acrylic, gel, gel-polish, polish, and acrylic paints, but NO other embellishments.

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Week 8: Pay It Forward

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This week’s challenge is sponsored by Gelish. We asked our Top 5 to give back by choosing a charity that is near and dear to their heart. Then we asked them to create a single fantasy nail art tip dedicated to that charity that will raise awareness for their cause. They were allowed to use acrylic, gel, gel-polish, polish, and acrylic paints, but NO other embellishments. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 8 Challenge page.

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