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1. Competitors will have 2.5 hours for competing on one hand (unless otherwise noted) of competition-style square nail enhancements with extreme length including inlay design. Only flat paper forms may be used. Always check the daily schedule for exact parameters for example the theme.

2. Competitors may use any products (liquid-and-powder acrylic or light-cured gel, polygel) staying in one technology and within any colors. Any colored enhancement products are allowed to include glitter. Glitter and embellishments are allowed but not over 25%.

No stamping or chrome of any sort is allowed.


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

4. No colored or clear products of any type may be applied to the natural nail.

5. All enhancement products must be applied after forms are applied to the natural nail. No tips, plastic type molds of any kind may be used to form the sculptured nail.

6. The surface of the nail enhancements must be flush. NO raised surfaces.

7. All files and buffers must be clean and unused. Electric files, buffers and buffing products may be used.

8. Cleansing products (soaps, etc.) and moisturising products (oils, creams, lotions, etc.) are allowed. Excessive use of oil is not permitted. It will be at the judge’s discretion to deduct for excess oil.

9. The nail enhancements on hand must be finished to a high shine by buffing, applying top coat or using a gel sealant. Polish, gel polish, gel paint and glitter polish are NOT ALLOWED.

10. Fan Sculptured Nail Design will be judged in the following categories: lateral structure, “C” curves, originality, cuticle area, surface structure, product control, complexity, design and balance, length, shape, finish work, and overall impression.

11. Any Fan Sculptured Nail 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 will 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.

Evaluation criteria

Judge 1


Originality - 5 points


  • The design must be innovative (new and original)

  • The design must be unique (different from those made earlier)


Visual interest - 10 points


  • The design should attract attention

  • Design must retain interest


Color - 10 points


  • Colors should decorate the design

  • The colors must be combined with each other


Presentation - 5 points


  • The work is presented according to all the rules for hand drawing

  • The work is presented as if it were a work of art

  • The professional has taken care to make the design and presentation clean and tidy


Judge 2


Balance - 5 points


  • The individual design elements are balanced with each other

  • The details form a unified harmonious picture


Design - 10 points


  • The design corresponds to the theme

  • The design is well thought out

  • The design is finished and executed with quality


Details - 10 points


  • The details are done cleanly and accurately

  • Details are added to the volume of the drawing (composition)

  • The drawing represents a whole (composition)

Overall impression - 10 points

  • The design makes a good impression

  • The design is complete and made with quality

Judge 3

Difficulty - 10 points


  • The design is complex, one that requires special habits

  • Several techniques have been used to create the design

Mastery - 10 points


  • The overall quality of the work demonstrates high artistic mastery

  • The work is accurate, clean and accurate


Length of extension cords - 5 points


  • Extension cords must be displayed in size and length graded

  • The length of the extensions should not be more than 2 inches (5.08 cm)

  • The width of the extension cords must be no more than ¾ »if flat (1.9 cm)


Topic - 10 points


  • The topic must be obvious and fully disclosed

  • The topic should be traced on all 10 nails

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