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Announcing the Final Three Next Top Nail Artist Finalists

The first-ever Next Top Nail Artist had some pretty stiff competition. So we decided to bring the final three competitors to Long Beach to challenge them one last time and crown the ultimate winner. 

<p>The Top 3 Finalists for NAILS Next Top Nail Artist: Buddy Sims, Ryoko Garcia, and Lauren Wireman</p>

Last September, 12 nail artists set out to see who would have what it takes to become NAILS Next Top Nail Artist. Battling it out on the tiniest of canvasses, these artists created some masterful looks that shocked and delighted the judges week after week. For 10 weeks, we challenged the contestants to use their imagination and their best nail skills to meet our stringent requirements. Sadly, we had to send one contestant “packing up his or her paintbrushes” each week. Saying goodbye to so many great contestants was never easy. (We look forward to seeing more of them in the pages of NAILS in the near future!)

By the end of November, we were left with just three nail artists still standing — Buddy Sims, Lauren Wireman, and Ryoko Garcia. As part of their prize package for making it to the finals, we’re flying them out to the ISSE Long Beach show. They’re busy working on their final challenge over the holidays, and they’ll be bringing their fantasy looks to the show floor where one final round of judging will take place before we crown a winner on Sunday, January 26. Who will it be?

Thank you to Gelish for sponsoring this year’s NAILS Next Top Nail Artist and to all of our weekly sponsors: CND, Dashing Diva, Entity, Gel II, It’s So Easy, INM, Misa, NSI, OPI, and Orly. Without these sponsors, we wouldn’t have been able to make such a successful competition with such a fun prize package!

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Read on to find out a little more about these three talented techs.

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