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1. Competitors must use all of the following mediums for this competition.  3-D Nail Art, Hand Painted Nail Art, and Airbrushing or an alternate technique must be noted and pointed out. Failure to use fewer results in a 10-point deduction for each medium not used.

2. All entries must consist of a set of 10 individual manufacturer tips. They may not be constructed by a layperson. They must be from a manufacturer’s box. The length must be no longer than 2” (5,08 cm) in length and no wider than 3/4” (1,9 cm) if they were flattened out. Tips must be graduated in size. Finished tips must be wearable.  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. If tips do not meet the requirements, the design may be disqualified or receive a point deduction.

3. 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. 

4. 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.

5. Mixed Media Nail Art will be judged in the following categories: originality, visual interest, color, presentation, balance, design & detail, tip length, overall impression, complexity, dimension, workmanship and theme.


These Rules Apply to All Categories


1. All of the rules specified for each individual competition category (3-D Nail Art, Hand Painted Nail Art and Airbrushing) must be followed.

2. Competitors may NOT use any copyrighted art, designs or logos. 

3. All work must be completed prior to the competition. No work station, seating or electrical outlet will be provided. 

4. Tip original color does NOT matter.

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

6. NO molds may be used to assist with any design. 

7. Competitors may use a similar version of copyrighted art, design or logo but they must not be identical to the original. If the artwork does not follow criteria judges will determine point deductions.

8. Any 3-D Nail Art, Hand Painted Nail Art or Airbrushing design that has already won first place at any 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. 


These Rules Apply to 3-D Nail Art only


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

2. The 3-D design may not protrude more than 1” in height from the tip surface.  No part of the entry may extend over the 6×8″ base.   

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


These Rules Apply to Hand Painted Nail Art only


1. All work must be done by hand painting only. Only paint, nail polish and  gel polish may be used.. 


These Rules Apply to Airbrushed Nail Art only


1. All airbrushing must be done with airbrush paint only 

Judging criteria



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 is within the guidelines of the copyright rules


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


Presentation – 5 Points


  • The entry is presented within the 3-D, HPNA and Airbrush Rules

  • The entry is presented as if it were 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 – 10 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 and Detail – 10 Points


  • The design enhances the theme

  • The design is well thought out the detail of

  • The design is clean and precise

  • The design has adequate detail


Tip Length – 5 Points


  • The tips are graduated in length and size

  • The length of tips must be no longer than 2′ the width may be no longer than 3/4″ if they were flattened out


Overall Impression – 10 Points


  • The design makes an excellent overall impression

  • The design is complete and no improvement is needed




Complexity – 10 Points


  • The design is challenging, demanding skill and effort

The design involves multiple techniques


Dimension – 10 Points


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

  • The dimension enhances the theme and is balanced

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


Workmanship – 10 Points


  • The overall quality of the work demonstrates outstanding artistic skills

  • The workmanship is neat, clean and precise


Theme – 5 Points


  • The theme is obvious and completely developed

  • The theme is continued on all 10 nails

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