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1. Your Chrome application should be completely smooth and shiny.  THE CHROME MUST COVER THE ENTIRE NAIL, SIDES. The type of stamping you do as well as the colors you use are also your choice.  You may use as many or few colors for stamping or chrome. Metallic colors for stamping are allowed.

2. A set of 5 individual tips is required to participate. They must be factory-made, you cannot use tips made by non-professionals. They must be in a special box. The tips should be no more than 2 inches (5.08 cm) long and no more than ¾ inch (1.9 cm) wide in-plane, i.e. if they are made flat and measured, then they should be no more than the given dimensions. Tips should be laid out in size (in gradation). Tips with complete designs should be wearable. The design must be done entirely by hand. The tips must be separated and not fastened together. If the tips do not meet these requirements, the design may be disqualified from the competition or can be given penalties.

3. Entries must be presented on a flat surface, one color, no texture, no mirror. The five tips must be fastened on this surface. The size of the mounting surface have to be a maximum of 6 inches (15,24 cm) wide by 8 inches (20,32 cm) deep by ¼ (0,635 cm) tall

4. Any shape, length or nail type is allowed.  You will be judged on length and shape. 

5. Only embellishments listed above are allowed.

6. Nails must have a flat surface.

7. You may not enhance or clean up your original stamping design

8. Top coat or UV gel sealant may be used.

9. Chrome/Stamping will be judged in the following categories: originality, visual interest, color, length & shape, balance, design, stamping technique, detail, overall impression, complexity, workmanship, chrome application, detail.

10. Any Chrome/Stamping 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 too similar to a winning design. Any discussion with the NAILPRO competition staff about designs will be held in strict confidence.

Judging criteria



Originality – 5 Points


  • The design is innovative (new and original)

  • The design is unique and grabs your attention


Visual Interest – 10 Points


  • The design captures your attention

  • The design holds your attention

  • The design continues to draw your attention to new details


Color – 10 Points


  • The colors enhance the design

  • The colors complement each other


Tip Length – 5 Points


  • The tips are graduated in length and size

  • The length of tips must be no longer than 2′ (5,08 sm)

  • The width may be no longer than 3/4″ (1,9 sm) if they were flattened out




Balance – 5 Points


  • Various elements of the design are well-balanced, neither too sparse nor too busy

  • The sum of the design is in harmony with the parts of the whole design


Design – 10 Points


  • The design is complete and no improvement is needed

  • The design is well thought out


Stamping Technique – 10 Points


  • The technique of the stamping is clean and crisp the pattern of the stamp enhances

  • The design and is balanced

  • The stamping pattern is deliberate and precise

  • The stamping pattern is clean and complete


Overall Impression – 10 Points


  • This entry makes an excellent overall impression

  • This entry is complete and no improvement is needed

  • All competition rules were followed




Complexity – 10 Points


  • The design is challenging, demanding skill and effort

  • The design is intricate and delicate


Workmanship – 10 Points


  • The overall quality of the work demonstrates outstanding artistic skills

  • The workmanship is neat, clean, and precise


Chrome Application – 10 Points


  • The chrome application is neat and clean

  • The cuticle area is clean and chrome is close to but not on the cuticle (when the competition go on a model)

  • The chrome application is completely smooth and shiny


Detail – 5 Points


  • The detail of the design is clean and precise

  • The design has adequate detail

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