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1. Competitors will have 2 hours to complete one hand of stiletto sculptured (unless otherwise noted, check individual daily competition schedules); competition-style nail enhancements using flat paper or metal forms only. Tips and adhesive are NOT allowed.

2. Competition Stiletto nails must be a minimum of 5,08cm long. This measurement is from the lowest point of the cuticle to the end of the free edge.

3. Competitors must use liquid-and-powder acrylic products or light-cured products in one technology only.

4. Only pink, clear and white enhancement products may be used. Enhancement products containing glitter and/or any other color are NOT allowed. Cover pink is allowed.

5. Embellishments may NOT be used.

6. The model’s natural nails may be prepared for product application before the competition, but the product may NOT be applied until the competition starts.

7. NO products, such as inverted tips or any “cookie-cutter” products, files may be used to form or assist in making a smile line. All smile lines must be done with a brush by hand.

8. No plastic-type molds of any kind may be used to form the sculptured nail.

9. The free edge must be sculpted with white sculpting products only. White gel paint and white gel polish are not allowed.

10. Lunula must be sculpted and included at the base of the nail.

11. All files and buffers must be clean and unused; electric files and buffing products may not be used.

12. Only water may be used. Cleansing products (soaps, etc.) and moisturizing products (oils, creams, lotions, etc.) are NOT allowed. Bowls containing marbles or other substances are NOT allowed.

13. The nail enhancements must be finished to a high shine and completely free from any additional products.

14. Sculptured Stiletto Nails will be judged in the following categories: smile lines, “stiletto” “C” curves, cuticle area, shape, product control, moons, surface structure, lateral structure, length, arch location, finish work, and overall impression.

Judging criteria



Smile Lines – 10 Points


- Тhe smile lines are crisp (definition between pink and white)

- Тhe smile lines are symmetrical and consistent (even points and equal curvature) Stiletto


“C” curves – 10 Points


- The curvature of the nail enhancements is symmetrical and consistent

- The depth of curvature is a range between 40% and 50%

- The percent of curvature enhances the model’s nails

- Since nail enhancements are oval in shape, consideration will be given for the apparent lack of curvature at the distal edge


Cuticle Area – 5 Points


- The product is flush to the natural nails and close to

- The cuticles the model’s skin at the cuticle area is in excellent condition (free from abrasions)

- The skin is free from all products


Shape – 10 Points


- The shape is symmetrical and consistent individually

- The shape is symmetrical and consistent together as a set




Product Control – 10 Points

- The product is completely free of air bubbles and pits

- The color of the product is consistent

- If cover pink was used to extend nail bed, it should not be obvious


Moons – 5 Points


- Moons are properly placed

- Moons have not been filed off

- The moons have been sculpted and enhanced the nail extension


Surface Structure – 10 Points


- The top surfaces of the nail enhancements are smooth and perfectly contoured

- The bottom surfaces of the nail enhancements are smooth and perfectly contoured


Lateral Structure – 10 Points


- The nail enhancements align perfectly with the sides of the natural nails

- If nail enhancements are oval in shape, the point at which the oval begins is consistent




Length – 10 Points


- The length is suitable for stiletto competition-style nail enhancements; a range of nothing less than 5,08cm required

- The length, measured from cuticle to the end of the extension, is consistent between matching nails (pinkie to pinkie, etc.) and in proportion to each other


Arch Location – 10 Points


- The arch of the nail enhancements are consistently placed

- The arch location is suited for esthetics more than wear ability the arch location complements the nails


Finish Work – 5 Points


- The entire surface of the nail enhancement is smooth and very shiny (absent of scratches)

- The edges of the nails are smooth and finished

- The nails are thoroughly clean (absent of dust)


Overall Impression – 5 Points


- The nails are complete and need no improvement

- The thinness is suitable for competition-style nail enhancements (the thinness of a business card, approximately .01 to .03 inches, is ideal)

- No jewelry is present on model’s hands or wrists

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