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1. 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.

2. The design must not extend more than 1″ (inch) in height, 1″(inch) in width and no longer than the length of the tip.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. 

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

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

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

6. NO Copyrighted art is allowed at any time. Penalties will be given at judges’ discretion and possible disqualification may be incurred.

7. 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.

8. 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. 

9. 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.

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

Judging criteria

Judge 1


Originality – 5 Points


  • The design is innovative (new and original)

  • The design is unique (different from other designs we have seen in the past  and from other entries)

  • The design exceeds expectation of originality


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

  • The colors represent the theme


Presentation – 5 Points


-This entry is presented within the 3-D rules

- This entry is presented as if it is a special piece of art

- Care was taken to make this presentation neat and clean

- Written statement is included and is complete and understandable


Judge 2


Balance – 5 Points


  • Various elements of the design are well-balanced, neither too sparse or too  busy

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


Design and Detail – 10 Points


  • The design enhances the theme

  • The design is well thought out

  • The detail of design is clean and precise

  • The design has adequate detail


Dimension – 10 Points


  • The dimension is obvious and within the guidelines 3-D rules

  • The dimension enhances the theme and is balanced

  • The dimension may not protrude more than 1″ in height from the tip surface


Overall Impression – 10 Points


  • This design makes an excellent overall impression

  • This design is complete and needs no improvement

  • This entry is within all rules and guidelines


Judge 3


Complexity – 10 Points


  • The design is challenging, demanding skill and effort

  • The design involves multiple techniques

  • The complexity relates to the theme


Workmanship – 10 Points


  • The overall quality of the work demonstrates outstanding artistic skills

  • The workmanship is neat, clean and precise

  • The theme is well represented


Tip Length – 5 Points


  • The tips are graduated in length and size

  • The length of tips must be no linger than 2″

  • The width may be no wider than 3/4″ if they were flattened out


Theme – 10 Points


  • The theme is obvious and completely developed

  • The theme is continued on all 10 nails

  • The design enhances the theme

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