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3D Nail Art Rules

NOTE:   All Rules are Property of Nailpro Competition © 2018/2019 Creative Age Publications. All rules including judging criteria are NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED UNLESS WRITTEN APPROVAL IS GIVEN FROM NAILPRO COMPETITION DIRECTOR ONLY! All Nailpro Competition rules are copyrighted, and all rights reserved.

**1. Competitors may submit more than one entry but must pay a registration fee for each entry. If submitting more than one entry only for on-site competitions, only the points from the highest scoring entry count towards the NP Individual Cup or Team Cup if you are one of the top 5 point earners.  If you are not planning on attending the competition and wish to turn in your work, please click on the link.  Go to NEW INFORMATION REGARDING TURN-IN ENTRIES. 

2. 3-D Nail Art entries may be turned in by someone other than the competitor. You do not need to be present at the competition to enter this competition.  If you are not present for awards, you must plan for someone to pick up your artwork!  Nailpro Competition will not be responsible for any artwork left behind.

**3. A 3-D Nail Art entry must consist of a set of 10 individual manufacturer tips. They may not be constructed by a lay person. They must be from a manufacturer box. The length must be no longer than 2” in length and no wider than 3/4” if they were flattened out. Tips must be graduated in size. Finished tips must be wearable meaning individual and able to be mounted to a base. 

**4.  The design may be NO more than 1" (inch) in height, and 1"(inch) in width.  It may be no longer than the length of the tip. 

4a.  Tips must remain individual and not be secured to one another my any medium.  Design may encompass all 10 tips as a picture, but tips must remain individual. If tips do not meet the requirements, the design will receive a point deduction.

5. The theme for each 3-D Nail Art competition will be announced before the beginning of the competition year.

NAILPRO Nailapalooza Digital on line – Home For The Holidays Theme

  • NAILPRO at Pasadena – Cinco De Mayo Theme
  • NAILPRO at Premiere Orlando – Shark Week Theme
  • NAILPRO at IBS Las Vegas – Potions Theme

6. All work must be completed prior to the competition. No workstation, seating or electrical outlet will be provided.

7. All nail art must be made from professional nail products (colored liquid-and-powder acrylic, light-cured gel, wraps and resin, polish, rhinestones, etc.)

8. Embellishments or adornments may be used but must NOT exceed 25% of the overall design.

9. Top coat, UV gel sealant or glitter polish may be used.

10. Competitors must prepare and submit a written statement in two parts: one detailing the products and processes used to create the art (do NOT name specific brands or manufacturers), and one telling the story of your interpretation of the theme. Failure to provide this information will result in a 5 point deduction in overall score. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME.

**11. On-Site - Display: Ten tips must be SECURLY fastened to a plain (one color no texture no mirror), flat surface for the judging process. The size of the mounting surface is to be a maximum of 6 inches wide by 8 inches deep by ¼ tall and it must be FLAT, FLUSH AND STURDY. **Do not attach your entry to the bottom of the box upon turn in.  Any entries that do NOT meet this requirement may be disqualified at the time of turn in or judging. Digital entries – please see details in Nailapalooza Rules.

12.  Entry will be judged on presentation.

13. 3-D Nail Art will be judged in the following categories: originality, visual interest, color, presentation, balance, design, dimension, overall impression, complexity, workmanship, tip length and theme.

14. Any 3-D Nail Art design that wins, or has already won, first place at a NAILPRO competition cannot be reused by the winner or copied by other competitors in subsequent NAILPRO competitions. The NAILPRO competition staff reserves the right to disqualify any design it considers to be too similar to a winning design. Any discussion with the NAILPRO competition staff about designs will be held in strict confidence.


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Property of Nailpro World Nail Competitions © 2019 Creative Age Publications. All rules including judging criteria are NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED.   UNLESS WRITTEN APPROVAL IS GIVEN FROM NAILPRO COMPETITION DIRECTOR ONLY! All Nailpro Competition rules are copyrighted, and all rights reserved.