1. Only competitors and their models may enter the competition arena. Any other person entering the arena must obtain permission from the organiser or floor judges.
  2. Competitors will be allowed to set up their tools and products during the competition briefing. All kit boxes and bags (other than personal handbags that should be placed under the chair) will be moved to the back wall of the arena. They will not be left at the nail desk. There are several drawers in the nail desks provided where products and tools can be stored. Techs are invited to use the desk drawers during the comp.
  3. A full set (2 hands), unless otherwise stated, must be completed and all work must be finished in the time allotted for the competition.
  4. Each competition will have a briefing, scheduled 20 minutes prior to the start of each event.
  5. Competitors & models must be present for the briefing and remain at their desks until the conclusion of the competition.
  6. Once the briefing starts, the competitor may not touch the model’s nails until the competition begins. If any competitor touches their model’s nails once the briefing has begun, they will have 5 points deducted from their final score.
  7. Model’s nails will be checked by floor judges during the briefing to be certain no work has been done previously. Tables will be checked – if products are found unlabeled they will be confiscated/taken until the end of the competition. Tip boxes and forms will also be checked to make sure no pre-sizing, tailoring or blending has been undertaken.
  8. If it’s decided by the judges that prep work has been done on the model prior to the briefing, the competitor will receive a 5-point deduction from their final score.
  9. Once the allotted time is up, competitors must stop work immediately: all competitors must leave the competition arena until all models have left the area to be judged. (This will take some time so it’s advised that competitors take their personal handbags with them.) Competitors
will be allowed back in the arena as soon as possible
to clear desks or prepare for removal or the next competition.
  10. Any competitor found to still be working on their model after the close of the competition will be disqualified by a floor judge.  
  11. When instructed, competitors are responsible for making sure their model understands the judging procedure and directing them to visit each judge before leaving.
  12. Models must not leave the arena until they have been judged/seen by ALL judges. Any model leaving
the judging arena prior to being judged will be disqualified.
  13. Floor judges have the right to remove, disqualify or award points to any competitor seen breaking the rules of the competition.
  14. As this is an international competition – the organiser appreciates things happen that we have no control over. This means the organiser will accept a late competitor (already registered & expected) up to 10 minutes into the competition. As long as there is a spare nail desk. New registrations that show up on the day of the competition will ONLY be accepted if there is a spare nail desk on the floor.
  15. Competitors can use mobile phones and tablets to time the competition and utilise social media during the competition. Please use hashtag #nailympia.


  1. Any competitor not abiding by these rules will take whatever point deduction is offered by the floor judges. For those rules not specifying a point deduction, there
will be one warning, thereafter it will be a 5-point deduction for the next warning and disqualification for the third infringement.
  2. Judges’ decisions are final. Score sheets will be available for all competitors and those not picked up on the day will be sent by the organiser to the competitor after the event.
  3. Any draws or ties in scores are investigated and a winner awarded by the head judge after Judge 1 scores have been analysed.
  4. Be kind to your model. It’s a long day for them. Make sure they take a bathroom break before the competition. Keep your model fed and well hydrated throughout the competition day. Your model is welcome to time your progress on her mobile phone or tablet.

Nailympia is not responsible for any competitor not adhering to or understanding the rules.


2 ½ hours Liquid & Powder Acrylic Sculpture / Tip & Overlay
2 ½ hours Gel Sculpture/ Tip & Overlay (75 minutes per hand)
1 hour Fantasy Complete Look
75 minutes Salon Nails (one hand only)
30 minutes Soak Off Gel Manicure
2 hours Stiletto Nails (one hand only)
1 hour Runway Nails - (3 tips)
45 minutes Reality Nail Art (3 nail tips). Perfect Match is completed during the GEL Sculpture/ Tip & Overlay competitions.


It is an INFRINGMENT of copyright to recreate trademarked logos and characters. DO NOT use Disney characters, Warner Bros, Universal or any form of music icons in your designs. These will be disqualified at registration. PLEASE use only your own ideas, imagination and creations in your artwork.



Every effort is made to ensure that qualified judges from differing countries are provided. Judges meet prior to the competition
 so all are clear on what they are judging and their responsibilities. Judging/score sheets are available to all competitors after the awards ceremony and judges will make every effort to be available for any questions/critique after the event, although this is not guaranteed. The judging is blind; only the models’ hands will be seen by each judge, with the exception of the Fantasy Nails & Complete Look (judged face to face on the floor), Runway, Reality Nails, Mixed Media (judged on the floor as nail tips) categories. The judges have no knowledge of which technician/artist created which set of nails or tips – models are identified by numbers on wristbands randomly assigned on the arena before each competition. Judges do not judge every aspect of the set. Each judge is given 2 or 3 aspects out of 10 to judge. This way they can concentrate on a few aspects of the nails, rather than
all. This helps to keep the judging consistent, fair, even and keep any one judge from drastically raising or lowering a competitor’s score, since they do not judge all points.

The last benefit to this method of judging is that the process tends to move quicker, which is good in larger competitions, such as this. In the event of a tie, the head judge’s score will determine the placement. For any ties falling below 10th place, each entry with the same score will simply be listed in alphabetical
 order, as a place below 10th will not affect competitor’s standing in ranks. In keeping with Nailympia’s international status, every effort is made to ensure judges are a mix of experts from around the world. 

Please read all the rules and get clarification on any you are not 100% certain of, as this is your responsibility. If you compete and are judged with a deduction due to 
a rule that you did not interpret the way it was meant, it’s too late to change this at the competition. Judge’s decisions are final and all entries are judged on the exact same criteria. Don’t learn a lesson at the competition, get all your questions clarified beforehand to ensure a more satisfying experience.



This is 2 competitions in one sitting – judged for Sculpture on the MODEL’S RIGHT hand – tip/ overlay on the MODEL’S LEFT hand.

The judges will then also assess a 3rd competition – called PERFECT MATCH (Gel only) – this will simply assess how closely the two sets of nails match each other. All elements will be observed to see if smiles lines, apex, sidewalls etc are matching across both hands via the two different techniques using liquid & powder.

  1. Competitors are required to sculpt on the model’s RIGHT hand and tip/overlay on the model’s LEFT hand in both the Gel category and the Liquid & Powder Acrylic category. This means there is an opportunity to enter 2 competitions in one sitting.
  2. Competitors can enter 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 competitions – as Liquid & Powder acrylic will also offer the PERFECT MATCH category.
  3. Competitors can take just one comp on one hand. One-hand competitors will be given 75-minutes to complete the hand and be positioned in one area together. Those doing both hands will be asked to stop after 75-minutes and have a 10-minute break before starting on the 2nd hand.
  4. Competitors must polish 2 fingers on each hand  (thumb and pinky) of the model with a red cream polish only – no base coat, ridgefiller or top coat may be used. The polish may be of the competitors’ choice.
  5. These are traditional competitions, with French style pink & white nails to be created. Cover pink products are allowed.
  6. Cream, lotion, oil and polish dry products may be used. Excess lotion and oil will afford point deductions. If a competitor is seen cleaning hands and nails after the competition is closed with any product such as canned air, points will be deducted. Models may not put fingers in their mouth or rub them on their clothing.
  7. No gel sealers to be used on any of the L&P acrylic categories.
  8. Water and soap may be used in finishing.
  9. Competitors may not blend, shape or cutout tipsprior to the start of the competition. Every competitor must arrive with an unopened tip box or a roll of unopened forms. Floor judges will be closely inspecting.
  10. Adhesive is allowed for tip & overlay. NO adhesive for the sculpt categories.
  11. E-Files are allowed.
  12. Gel competitors must bring a UV or LED gel lamp.You are only permitted to use Natural or Clear tipsin both gel and acrylic tip & overlay categories.



  1. All entries must be new to the Nailympia competition arena and can only be entered one time at this competition. No repeat entries from prior years allowed. 
  2. The fantasy work must be adhered to natural nails only. NO polish colour, no French or natural enhancements, no gel polish – just natural nails only on the competition floor. The natural nails can be pre-manicured.
  3. Only the model and competitor are allowed on the competition floor. The costuming, make-up and hair may be assembled before the competition. The nails must be added to the complete look during the one-hour competition with no additional help. 
  4. All pieces or embellishments to go on the nails may be completely created prior to the competition, then assembled and placed/adhered to the nails during the competition. You must create 10 separate tips to adhere to the 10 nails during the competition. It must be 10 nails for 10 fingers.
  5. Three dimensional, pre-cast embellishments, feathers, decals, gems, accessories, ornaments or any form of fantasy is allowed. 
  6. No pre-application to the nails is allowed, all application of the design components must be done during the hour provided .
  7. Models must wear their costume prior to the start of the competition, with final touches completed during the competition. 
  8. Thecostume is a large part of this competition (1-10 points out of a possible 100), as this competition stresses creativity, difficulty and how well the theme of the entire design and costume work together. Dress the model in the theme from head to toes.
  9. Complete your work with no more than 50 words on a small card (to be placed at the model’s feet during judging) outlining your theme and nail art media used. Explain what techniques, products and materials have been used for the creation. No step-by-step photographs accepted. Photos of the work or artist involved will lead to point deductions or disqualification.


It is an INFRINGMENT of copyright to recreate trademarked logos and characters. DO NOT use Disney characters, Warner Bros, Universal or any form of music icons in your designs. These will be disqualified at registration. PLEASE use only your own ideas, imagination and creations in your artwork. 



  1. All entries must be new to the Nailympia competitions and can only be entered one time – an entry cannot enter into London and Sydney for example. No repeat entries from prior years allowed.
  2. This competition is a ‘show & tell’ format. Nails to be designed on varying sized nail tips and placed in a display case (no lid or cover required) in the arena. DO NOT stick the 10 nails together to create one large canvas – there must be a gap between the tips and there must be at least 5 different sized tips used. This is art on many tiny canvases.
  3. Displays cannot be larger than 10 inches in either direction and no more than 4 inches in height. Having a display any larger may result in it not being displayed and if it’s too large, it may not be accepted. This is left to the discretion of the Nailympia staff.  The displays are measured by the judges.
  4. All entries to be 100% complete before the competition. A full set of 10 tips must be created and reflect the different nail sizes, as real nails – judges need to see 5 different nail sized tips. Anyone using all one-size tips will have an automatic 10-point deduction to their final score. 
  5. A maximum of two entries per competitor is allowed and each entry will incur a fee. No entries left after the close of the competition will be returned to the competitor. 
  6. All entries must be submitted by second registration at 10am on Sunday 1st October 2017. All entries must be left at the competition until the afternoon of Monday 2nd Oct 2017.
  7. All entries must be accompanied by a typed description (50 words is required) of the work involved, including types of nail art media used. Points will be deducted if no description is provided. 
  8. Competitors must use 3 of these 5 nail art media: airbrushing, embellishments (rhinestones, striping tape etc), L&P acrylic, gel, hand painting, one stroke. Failure to use 3 will result in a 10-point deduction for each media less than 3. 
  9. No decals allowed. All three media used must be used in an artistic way or they will not count towards the required 3 nail art media. It is the competitor’s responsibility to clarify anything questionable prior to the event and the judges’ decisions are accepted as final. 
  10. No embellishment or L&P acrylic product may extend further than 1⁄4” from the original nail surface in any direction, if it does, there will be a 10-point deduction. 
  11. Any embellishment to the actual tips, whether attached to the tip or not, will count and must not extend further than 1⁄4” from the nail surface or 10 points will be deducted. 
  12. Competitors mustsubmit their own work. Entries under question may lead to the competitor being asked to recreate a portion of the work submitted as proof of ownership and creation. 


It is an INFRINGMENT of copyright to recreate trademarked logos and characters. DO NOT use Disney characters, Warner Bros, Universal or any form of music icons in your designs. These will be disqualified at registration. PLEASE use only your own ideas, imagination and creations in your artwork.



This is a COMMERCIAL NAIL ART COMPETITION. A salon-style – high street nail art category.

This competition is an open, freestyle competition allowing all competitors to work to their strengths. Competitors will be given 45-minutes in duration to complete 3 nail tips supplied by the competition organiser. The judges will be looking for commercial salon nail art that would appeal to clients.

The first nail tip will reflect the nail styling for the 25s demographic – the 2nd must reflect the 25-45 demographic and the 3rd to reflect over 45s. An image of the women you must style your nails for will be given to you at the competition. It will be given out as you set up your nail desk. You will be required to then adhere the nail art tip underneath the image of each woman for the judges to assess.

The judges are looking for designs that you would use for a feature or accent nail or for all 10 nails that a client would be happy to wear. This is REAL life high street nail art. The judges are not looking for intricate designs here – they are looking for real-life nail designs that make money – that reflect the trends on the high street right now

No 3D art is acceptable. Flat art or embellishments with rhinestones etc only.

Paints (non toxic); Gel Polish; Glitters; Foiling; Charms; Rhinestones; Flat stones; Decals; Embellishments; One stroke. – anything goes – just NO 3D.

  1. Each competitor will be supplied with 3 full cover nail tips.
  2. No model is necessary. 
  3. Competitors will have 45-minutes to design 3 different nail designs thatreflect real salon nail art.
  4. The 3 tips must be displayed by sticking them to the paper supplied. Do not offer any explanation or mood board or any extra design to the display. Just 3 tips on the paper provided next to the images of the 3 women. NO mood boards necessary.
  5. E-Files and LED/UV lamps are allowed.

  6. All work must be created during the competition.

  7. The tech must work alone at the nail desk during the competition.

  8. The organiser will keep hold of all entries for display on the arena and for photographic purposes until the event closes at 3pm on Monday.


It is an INFRINGMENT of copyright to recreate trademarked logos and characters. DO NOT use Disney characters, Warner Bros, Universal or any form of music icons in your designs. These will be disqualified at registration. PLEASE use only your own ideas, imagination and creations in your artwork.


SALON NAILS RULES (one hand) 2017

Show your skills as a salon nail professional: everyday nails for everyday clients.
Choose between one of these artificial systems (L&P acrylic, UV hard gel, fibreglass) then shape, style and lengthen the nails accordingly. (No gel polish or dip systems to be used.)

Judges will compare the unenhanced hand to see how the service has improved the appearance of the model’s hands.

  1. 75-minutes to complete a set of salon-style nail enhancements on ONE hand only using any suitable artificial nail system..
  2. Sculpt or tip & overlay techniques to be used only. NO moulds or molds labeled as nail forms – just nail tips & paper sculpting forms allowed.
  3. NO white tips. Use clear or natural tips only.

  4. Competitors are required to use professional pink & white products. NO glitter, coloured powder, additives etc to be used – judges are looking for the most natural set of nails that suit the hand shape and skin tone.
  5. Camouflage powders or gels can be used if appropriate for the ‘client’.
  6. No embellishment or encapsulation – judges want to see natural looking enhancements in any shape. The competitor is to choose the most relevant shape to suit the fingers and nail condition.
  7. No tip sizing or pre-blending allowed before the comp begins.
  8. The hand to be enhanced on the model will be checked before the competition starts and any recent cuts or abrasions noted.
  9. No products to aid the creation of smile lines are to be used. Smile lines are to be created using a brush, nail file or tool only.
  10. Cleansing and moisturising products (oils, creams, lotions, etc) are allowed. Excessive use of oil is not permitted. Judges will deduct points for excess oil.
  11. The nail enhancements must be finished in a natural or French style pink & white – gel top coats and sealants are allowed. No nail polish colour.
  12. You will be judged on your desk set up. Tools and products must be kept clean and tidy and all products clearly labeled. Any competitor seen using unhygienic tools or working in an unhygienic way may have up to 5-points deducted.



  1. This competition is done on natural nails only - duration 30-minutes.
  2. The model is to come with manicured nails. NO manicure procedure is necessary during this comp.
  3. Nails ready for gel polish must be enhanced and covered with any type of soak off gel product – NOT traditional nail polish or hard gel. One hand is to be created in a solid red colour. One hand is to be finished in a traditional French manicure style. Use white on the free edge and French shades on the plate. No glitter, shimmer or frost permitted. All colours must be free of pearl and opalescence.
  4. Competitors may be requested to soak off one nail for the judges, to prove it’s a ‘soak-off’ formula being used.
  5. No design element is required. Just a picture-perfect flawless set of nails. 



  1. Nails are to be sculpted on forms. No tips permitted.
  2. Nails can be made using L&P acrylic or hard gelsystems.

  3. The application can be designed to the competitor’sdesire and ability.

  4. Artwork can be applied on the surface orencapsulated. If artwork is applied to the surface itmust be no more than 1/4 inch in height.
  5. Gel sealers and top coat are allowed.

  6. Paint, stripers, rhinestones and bullion are allowed.
  7. No decals allowed. This means no pre-designed or printed appliqués or foils to be used.
  8. Oil, lanolin, cream, lotion and polish dry products may be used.
  9. Water and soap may be used for finishing.
  10. E-Files are allowed.
  11. Gel competitors must bring a UV or LED gel lamp.
  12. All work must be created during the competition.
  13. The products used can have colour or glitter addedif desired.



  1. Each competitor will be supplied with 3 long length full cover nail tips and a design brief. No model necessary. The brief is emailed to all competitors 14 days prior to the competition.
  2. The brief may include just 1 or a selection of the following: a picture of a typical outfit, sketch of outfit design, fabric colours, shoes, accessories, a picture of the hair design, a picture of the make-up design. 
  3. Competitors will have 60-minutes to design 3 different nail designs they feel will enhance, accessorise & interpret the full fashion brief. 
  4. The 3 tips must be displayed in a simple way with a short explanation or visual sketch of how the designs fit the brief. A mood board is welcome.
  5. Competitors may use ANY suitable materials that do not necessarily have to be nail products or can be a mixture of nail products and other materials. There are no restrictions on the creation of these 3 nails. 
  6. The designs must be reasonably easy and quick to reproduce (100s would need to be made for a fashion show). 
  7. Note that the main focus of a fashion show is the designer’s collection. Nails can be a ‘statement’ accessory, but should not overshadow the complete look. 
  8. Nails at a fashion show are photographed close up for detailed beauty shots and should be visible from the runway as part of the complete look. The designs should be suitable for both of these situations.
  9. The finished nail designs should also include suitable shape and length. 
  10. E-Files and LED/UV lamps are allowed.
  11. All work must be created during the competition.
  12. The tech must work alone at the nail desk during the competition.
  13. The organiser will keep hold of all entries for display on the arena and for photographic purposes until the event closes at 3pm on Monday. 

Nailympia London Judges 2017

  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Karin
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Sam
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Marian
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Krasimira
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Frank
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Rosy
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jan
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Anneke
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Leisbeth
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Stephy
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Elaine
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Catherine
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Aliz
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Gemma
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Emese
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Galina
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Hazel
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Morgan Taylor
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Eva
  • Nailympia Lond 2017 Social Jacqui

Nailympia Australia Judges 2017

  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Lance
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Caroline
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Jonny
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Aliz
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Elaine
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Bex
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Marian
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Amanda
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Dannii
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Mindy
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Sarah
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Samantha
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Alex
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Rachel
  • Nailympia Aus 2017 Social Leah

Nailympia USA Judges 2017

  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Jai
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Taylor
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Vitaly
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Elaine
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Keri
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Amy
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Jan
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Ami
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Emese
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Traci
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Morgan
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Alisha
  • Nailympia USA 2017 Social Tammy