Sarah Kay Abbott won this year’s contest with her portrait of classic rap artist Tupac. The contest received entries representing a variety of stars, from musicians David Bowie and Nipsey Hussle to characters such as Moira Rose and Wonder Woman. 

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1st Place

Tupac
Sarah Kay Abbott
Fife, Scotland

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Meet the Winner

Sarah Kay Abbott of Fife, Scotland, was inspired by her daughter to create her winning nail portrait of Tupac. “My daughter Chloe is a really big fan of his,” she explains. “I thought it would be great to try and push myself and my art to show my daughter and make her proud.” 

Abbott started her portrait with a pencil outline to make sure she had enough room for the face. “I used a mixture of gel-polishes to start, adding the base of the skin color and gradually adding the outlines of the eyes, nose, and lips,” she says. She used dark and light shades of brown gel-polish to create shadows and highlights on the face. “For the facial hair and eyebrows, I used black and browns to add small thin lines for the eyebrow, starting at the center of his face and working my way out until the eyebrows had a good shape,” she says. She used a stippling effect to add the rest of the facial hair, and mixed pink with brown gel-polish for the lips. She cured, applied matte top coat, and cured again before adding the headband and T-shirt to create more depth. After another layer of matte top coat, she used acrylic paints to add final details like eyelashes. 
Abbott says she loves participating in competitions like this one: “They allow nail technicians worldwide to participate and push ourselves.”

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2nd Place

David Bowie as Jareth from Labyrinth
Laura Hall
Birmingham, England

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3rd Place

Robert Downey Jr. 
Trang Doan
South Plainfield, N.J.

Honorable Mentions

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Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek
Jessica Warzyniak
Crown Point, Ind.

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Nipsey Hussle
Jasmin Cameron
Hamden, Conn. 

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Oprah
Nick Tran
Marleston, Australia

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Brittany Jackson
Lompoc, Calif.

Other Notable Entries

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Betty White
Eileen Johnson
Woodbury, Minn.

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Lizzo
Knieya Peterson
Temecula, Calif. 

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Scarlett Johansson
Erin Pervine
Tolland, Conn.

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Amy Winehouse
Sarah Kay Abbott
Fife, Scotland

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Nicole Kidman
Nick Tran
Marleston, Australia

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Millie Bobby Brown
Christy Homolya
London

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Will Smith 
Miriam Bejar
Panorama City, Calif.

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Taylor Swift
Sierra Unsicker
American Fork, Utah