Awards & Contests

Introducing the Top 24 for Season 7 of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist

by Beth Livesay | August 29, 2019

In its seventh year, NAILS Next Top Nail Artist is the ultimate reality-style nail art competition for professionals. NAILS, top sponsor CND, and other professional nail manufacturers take pride in identifying the next crop of up-and-coming talent within our industry. This year’s Top 24 come from around the world, and even feature a few familiar names from Season 6.

Join NAILS, CND, and our sponsors in congratulating (in no particular order):


Pre-challenges sponsored by Swarovski begin October 28.

The KUPA NTNA Recap show kicks off September 18 at 11 am PST on NAILS and KUPA's Facebook pages.

Judges for Season 7 include Jan Arnold, Ashton Harlan, Elaine Watson, Lauren Wireman, and more to be announced. Sponsors for Season 7 include: CND, KUPA, Wildflowers, ORLY, En Vogue, Gel II, Swarovski, and Ugly Duckling.

The winner will be named at Premiere Orlando on May 30, 2020.

Kryssy Hawkins January 2018

Awards & Contests

On My Mind: Cover-Worthy

by Beth Livesay

“How do I get a cover?” is a question I get asked nearly every day — so, dear readers, here is your chance. Before you go to and share your work with us, here are my tips for entering a successful submission.

I recently got to enjoy some quality time with team CND after these amazing techs pulled off a...


On My Mind: Just Enjoy It

by Beth Livesay

In a recent interview with NTNA champion and NAILS guest editor Valerie Ducharme, she reminded me that everything happens too quickly, and that the best course of action is usually to enjoy the moment rather than dread it.


In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

Photography Arienne Jonas


Spring Bling Acrylic Nails

by Staff

Nail artist and teacher Katie Barnes is known for her mastery of extreme shapes. An international award winner, former NTNA competitor, and Scratch cover artist, she completed a photo shoot featuring blue and yellow edge nails with embellishments.

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