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NAILS Magazine is looking for the Next Top Nail Artist. We searched high and low to find the best up-and-coming nail artists. Contestants were put through a rigorous screening process where every brush stroke was scrutinized. After carefully evaluating hundreds of intricate hand painted looks, sculpted acrylics, brushed on gels, and an array of mixed media, 12 contestants remain standing. Who will be NAILS Next Top Nail Artist?

Our new web-based competition is an ongoing contest modeled after many of today’s top reality shows. Think of it as a cross between Project Runway, Top Chef, Shear Genius, and America’s Next Top Model.

Each week starting in September 2013, we’ll give the remaining finalists a new challenge to showcase their skills in a variety of ways. They’ll be creating awe-inspiring nail art looks based on a series of themed challenges created by the editors at NAILS and each of our weekly sponsors (Dashing Diva, Entity Beauty, Gel II, INM, NSI, Orly International, It’s So Easy, Misa, CND, OPI, and Gelish). In addition to creating their nail art masterpieces, they’ll be shooting step-by-step tutorials, video demos, and sharing their entries via social media.

Every Friday one contestant will be eliminated and a new challenge will be posted right here on this site. The judges — AND YOU — will have five days to vote for your favorite contestants. Make sure your Top Nail Artist doesn’t get eliminated. Vote and spread the word to your friends.

The final two contestants will be flown to ISSE Long Beach 2014 for the official crowning of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist. In addition, they’ll also receive cash and product prizes, the opportunity to work for a major nail manufacturers, and a spot on the NAILS blog roll for one year.