Soak-Off Gel Application - The Dark or Other Side Judging Criteria 2020

Judge 1

Smile Lines - 5 Points

  • the smile lines are crisp and reach completely up into each corner (definition between pink and color0)
  • the smile lines are symmetrical and consistent (even points and equal curvature)
  • absence of all shadows

Shape - 5 points

  • the shape is consistent finger to finger
  • the shape is proportionate to the hand
  • the shape enhances the models hands

Color Soak Off Gel Polish Application - 10 Points

  • the soak off gel polish completely covers the entire nail (close to the cuticle and covers all edges)
  • the application is smooth, even and clean
  • the soak off gel polish is evenly spaced around the cuticles
  • the hairline tip is covered with soak off gel polish

Finish Work - 10 Points

  • the edges of the nails are smooth and finished
  • the nails are thoroughly clean (absence of dust)

Judge 2

Cuticle Area - 10 points

  • the product is close to but not touching the cuticles
  • the model's skin at the cuticle area is in excellent condition (free from abrasions and product)

Surface Smoothness - 10 points

  • the entire surface of the finished nail is smooth and very shiny
  • nails are free from dull areas
  • there are no dips, bumps or high spots on the surface

Pink and Color Soak Off Gel Polish Application - 10 points

  • the color soak off gel polish completely covers the free edge of the nails, including the hairline tip
  • the color soak off gel polish is solid and completely free from all shadows
  • the pink soak off gel polish is even in shape and spacing around the cuticles
  • the application is smooth, even and clean

Product Control - 10 points

  • the soak off gel polish is free of pooling at cuticles and lateral folds
  • the soak off gel polish is applied thin and evenly free of wrinkles and streaking
  • the soak off gel is completely cured

Judge 3

Length - 5 points

  • the length, measured from cuticle to the free edge is consistent between matching nails (pinkie to pinkie, etc.) and in proportion to each other
  • the length appears balanced on the models hands

Lateral View & Surface Structure - 10 points

  • gel soak off polish application at sidewall and surface is even and straight
  • sidewalls of natural nails are consistently shaped
  • the top surfaces of application is smooth and perfectly contoured
  • the bottom surfaces of application are smooth and perfectly contoured

Underside of Nails - 5 Points

  • the underside of the nails are clean and free from all soak off gel polish
  • the underside of each hand should look the same

Overall Impression - 10 Points

  • the soak off gel polish complements the model's hands
  • the soak off gel polish complete application is complete and needs no improvement
  • all rules were followed


Scoring Guide 2 Hands

10 = Flawless
9 = Almost  Flawless
8 = Very Good
7 = Good
6 = Above Average
5 = Average
4 = Below Average
3 = Poor
2 = Very Poor
1 = Unacceptable

Scoring Guide 1 Hand

5 = Flawless
4 = Very Good
3 = Average
2 = Below Average
1 = Very Poor

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