“I’ve had an amazing year. I got engaged, bought a house, and now I won a Contessa!” says an ecstatic Jennifer Moon of Classic Hairworks in Chatham, Ontario, who recently won the title Canadian Nail Enhancement Technician of the Year.

Jennifer Burton of Jennifer’s Nail Salon in Kingston, Ontario, captured the title Canadian Natural Nail Technician of the Year for her meticulous work. Both were honoured, along with 20 other winners, before a crowd of 1,200 at a November 21 awards ceremony in Toronto. The prestigious contest judges entrants on the basis of three sets of before and after photos.

Jennifer Moon used Light Concept Nails to create these beauties (left). To ensure perfection, she inspected each nail at all angles. Moon says she wanted to use a baby in her previous year's entry but couldn't find on small enough. "But this year it was meant to be," says Moon.

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