Do You Have What It Takes to Be NAILS Next Top Nail Artist?

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After five exciting years, we’re back to see who has what it takes to become NAILS’ Next Top Nail Artist. In order to elevate the next generation of nail professionals, we’re looking to identify top up-and-comers to compete in our online competition. The reality show-inspired contest will pit contestants against one another in a battle for the title. Weekly challenges will determine who moves on and who will be packing up their paintbrushes at the end of every week. The challenges will be a mix of video, photos, nail art on tips, and other social media-type entries.


We’re looking for professional nail techs who are inspired, creative, reliable, and up for a challenge. In addition to being artistically inclined, you also must be able to take high-res digital photos and short videos. Since we’re looking for the NEXT top nail artist, you can’t currently be under contract with a professional nail manufacturer. We ask that you disclose any and all affiliations (sponsorships, past educator experiences, ambassadorships, etc.) in your application. It’s fine if you’ve taken manufacturer-specific classes. Additionally, NAILS asks that you do not seek out sponsorship opportunities while in the contest. NTNA sponsors will provide the materials and supplies needed to compete. It’s important to remember that we’re not simply looking for the best artist. We’re also looking for highly motivated nail technicians with poise and professionalism who can represent NAILS and inspire future generations of nail artists.


Anywhere in the WORLD. All of your tasks will be uploaded online.


Complete the application with all required elements by August 1, 2018. We will contact semifinalists by August 31. We’ll announce the top contestants in a future issue. Pre-challenges will begin in October 2018. The public contest will take place between January and March 2019 with post-competition rounds taking place April-June 2019.


Simply fill out this application no later than August 1 2018. In addition to basic information, you’ll be required to answer several essay questions and upload photos and a short video diary.


The final three will be invited to a major tradeshow for the official crowning of NAILS’ Next Top Nail Artist. (NAILS will pay up to $500 for your airfare and will pay for a limited stay in the city where the tradeshow is held.) In addition, you’ll receive FREE admission to the show, a sizable cash prize, enough nail art supplies to keep you creating for some time, the chance to work with a major manufacturer, a NAILS cover, and a spot on the NAILS masthead as guest editor for one year.


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