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

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After three 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 12 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 affiliated 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. 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 April 29, 2016. We will contact semifinalists by May 31. We’ll announce the Top 12 contestants in the September issue. The public contest will take place between September and November 2016. The three finalists will fly to a major tradeshow.


Simply fill out this application no later than April 29, 2016. 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, and much more.




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