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1. Hand Painted Nail Art entry must consist of a set of 10 individual manufacturer tips. 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. Tips must remain individual and not be secured to one another. The design may encompass all 10 tips as a picture, but tips must remain individual.

2.  The work must be presented on a substrate with a flat surface one color without texture, without a mirror effect.  The size of the mounting surface should be a maximum of 15.24 cm (6 inches) wide by 20.32 cm. (8 inches) long and 0.635 cm (1/4 inch) high and should be FLAT, FLAT AND STRONG.

3. All work must be done only by hand painting with gel paints - GPHPNA or acrylic paints - APHPNA, according to the current program of the competition. Absolutely NO airbrushing. Stamping of any type is not allowed.

4. The surface of the tips must be flush; NO raised surfaces.

5. Top coat or UV gel sealant may be used but must NOT contain any glitter.

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 the overall score. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME.

8. Hand Painted Nail Art will be judged in the following categories: originality, visual interest, color, presentation, balance, design, detail, overall impression, complexity, workmanship, tip length and theme.

9. Hand Painted 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.

Judging criteria



Originality – 5 Points


  • Тhe design is innovative (new and original)

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

  • Тhe design original and outstanding


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 are in keeping with the theme


Presentation – 5 Points


  • This entry is presented within the Gel Paint Hand Painted Nail Art Rule Guidelines

  • 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




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

  • The design is balanced across all nails


Design – 10 Points


  • The design enhances the theme

  • The design is well thought out

  • The design is complete and no improvement is needed


Detail – 10 Points


  • The detail is clean and precise

  • The detail enhances the design

  • The design has adequate detail


Overall Impression – 10 Points


  • The design makes an excellent overall impression

  • The design is complete and no improvement is needed

  • The theme is easy to follow as a complete picture

  • All rules were followed including usage of ONLY GEL Paint




Complexity – 10 Points


  • The design is challenging, demanding skill and effort

  • The design involves multiple techniques

  • The complexity of the design is clear


Workmanship – 10 Points


  • The overall quality of the work demonstrates outstanding artistic skills

  • The workmanship is neat, clean and precise

  • The workmanship is equally balanced across all nail


Tip Length – 5 Points


  • The tips are graduated in length or size and are separate and individual

  • The tip length is no longer than 2″

  • The tip width is no wider than 3/4 of an inch if flattened out


Theme – 10 Points


  • The theme is obvious and completely developed

  • The theme is continued on all 10 nails

  • The theme is complete and no improvement is needed

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