The Nail Games 2021

Competition Rules


THE NAIL GAMES


2021 Rules

Equipment:-

You must bring all your own equipment i.e

Working Kit  - Extension leads  - Table Lamp  - Nail lamp etc.

Only a table, chair & bin liner are provided. 


 

Gel Polish

Day - Sunday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –        45 mins 

Briefing –         8.45am

Start time –     9.00am

Finish time –   9.45am 

 

Aim….. 

To create 10 salon style nails using gel polish.

 

Shape/style…… 

One hand to be French/pink & white gel polish application

The other hand a rich, deep colour of your choice

Nails can be filed into any salon shape, square, almond, etc.

All 10 nails must be the same shape.

Either hand can be french, your choice.

 

Nail Length….

Maximum 0.5cm free edge length.

 

Finer rules….

One hand French the other can be a colour of your choice , but please choose wisely.

A rich, deep colour such as red, burgundy, plum.

No pale colours or colours with glitter/shimmer. Cuticle oil can be used.

 

 

Stamping Nailart 

Day - Sunday

Entry level - 1/2

Duration –      45 mins

Briefing –        12.15pm

Start time –    12.30pm

Finish time –  1.15pm

 

Aim….. 

For level 1 and 2 competitors.

Showcase your skill and versatility of stamping by designing 10 nails on your live model using a variety of stamping methods.

Shape/style…..

The model must already be wearing gel polish nails, french or full cover colour. This will be your base to work upon

( note/idea: if you have competed in gel polish in the morning, you will have time inbetween these 2 comps to soak off the french hand away from the comp area and make a matching pair beforehand to work on in your stamping category, that way you can use 1 model for 2 comps.

 

Shape/style…… 

Any Shape is allowed

 

Nail Length….

The nails must not exceed 1cm in length.

The length is measured from the highest point of the natural nail/hyponychium.

 

Finer rules….

Your model must arrive already having a base colour on her nails to work on.

You will then have 45 minutes to create a stamping design across all 10 nails.

Points will be given for creativity, use of colour, technicality and cleanliness of the surrounding skin.

All stamping plates can be used, all colours, layering etc, gel topcoats can be used to seal in the design. Stamping polishes and stamping gel art paints can be used.

 

 

 

Salon Nails

Day - Monday

Entry Level - 1/2/3

Duration –       1hr 30mins / 2 hour

Briefing –         9.15am    

Start time –     9.30am   

Finish time –   11am level 2/3 

                           11.30am level 1

 

Aim….

To create 10 salon style nails using acrylic, hard gel or acrygel.

 

Shape/Style…..

One hand to be square shape - french/pink & white.

Other hand to be almond shape – full cover pink.

 

Nail Length…..

Maximum 1cm free edge length. Nail bed 1.5cm on french hand

French hand nail length is measured from cuticle to the highest point of extended pink bed

 ( hyponchium ).

Free edge length is measured from the side wall corner point where white begins to the free edge.

 

Finer rules….

French hand can be reverse technique or traditional method, cover pink can be used. No glitter or shimmer pinks.

Sculpt or tip application. All techniques and tools are allowed, including e- files, pinching tools, clear gel topcoats and cuticle oil. Do not saturate with cuticle oil.

No white tips allowed or any colour gels, paints, glitters etc

 

 

Pink & White Pro

Day - Sunday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –         1 hour 45min

Briefing –          10.00am

Start time –      10.15am

Finish time –   12.00 noon

 

Aim….

To create 5 extreme french/pink & white nails, using acrylic, hard gel or acrygel.

Must be on the models RIGHT hand.

 

Shape/Style….

All nails to be extended French/pink & white  – square shape.

 

Nail length….

The nail bed extension must be 2cm in length.

The extended white free edge must also be 2cm in length

 

Finer rules…

Nail length is measured from cuticle to the highest point of extended pink bed

 ( hyponchium ).

Free edge length is measured from the side wall corner point where white begins to the free edge.

All techniques and tools are allowed. Sculpt or tip, acrylic, hard gel or acrygel.

 E – files and pinching tools, clear gel topcoats and cuticle oil allowed. Do not saturate with cuticle oil

No white tips allowed or any colour gels, paints, glitters etc.

 

 

 

Stiletto Design

Day - Sunday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –          1 hour 45 min

Briefing –           12.15pm

Start time –       12.30pm

Finish time –     2.15pm

 

 

Aim….

To produce one hand (models LEFT hand) of stiletto nails with colour and design.

To create a technically great stiletto structure whilst at the same time showing creativity and great use of colour.

 

 

Shape/Style….

Sculpted Stiletto with colour design & creativity.

 

Nail length….

The nails must be a Minimum of 4cm length measured from highest point of natural nail ( hyponychium ) no maximum length

 

Finer rules…

No tips allowed, sculpted only. Can be created using any systems, gel/acrylic/acrygel.
E-files are allowed, designs must be original. The nail design can be encapsulated or on the nail surface. All nail art products are allowed but nothing must be pre made before the competition. No stamping allowed. Gel topcoats & cuticle oil are allowed.
There is no theme for this category so be as creative as you like with colour and nail art products.
Gems, foil, glitters, gel paints etc can be used, but the nail art element must not be any higher than 5mm/0.5cm on the nail. 

No pre made decorations, everything must be made on the day.

 

 


One Stroke Tip Design

Day - Monday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –        1 hour

Briefing –        12.15pm

Start time –    12.30pm

Finish time –  1.30pm


Aim…..

To create one stroke floral designs across 5 provided nail tips. No model is required for this category.

During this hour, you will need to paint your 5 tips with a gel polish base colour and then create one stroke designs on top that will compliment the chosen base. The one stroke design must flow beautifully across the 5 nail tips.


Shape/Style….

5 standard salon size nail tips will be provided on the day for you to use.

If you need a small tip holder to hold the nail while working , please bring along.

We will then provide you with adhesive and small plaque to display your tips with after ready for judging.


Nail length….

Tips will be provided. Bring along blu tack or nail holder to work on if required. 


Finer details….

Be sure to bring gel polish and lamp to firstly make your base, then to create the one stroke flowers you can use any traditional acrylic/water based paints. Gel topcoat can be used to seal in your design, matt or shiny. 


 

Crystal Bomb

Day - Sunday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –       45mins

Briefing –        2.45pm

Start time –    3.00pm

Finish time –  3.45pm

                                          

Aim…….

To embellish one hand of nails with crystal bling varying in size, style and colour, to create a design that flows across the nails.

The model should be wearing STILETTO/BALLERINA shape nails on her LEFT hand when you arrive, ready for you to apply your crystal bling.

 

Shape/style……

Your models LEFT hand should have nails on but with no crystals when you arrive. They should be STILETTO or BALLERINA shape, any colour, including full cover or colour.

Note/idea: If you entered the Stiletto category you can use the same model in this category, but there should be nothing 3D on the nails when ready to start Crystal Bomb, so bear this inmid if you are considering using 1 model for both categories.

The free edge length must be a minimum of 2cm, no maximum.

 

 

Nail length….

The nails must be a minimum length of 2cm free edge, no maximum.

The nail will be measured from the highest point of the natural nail at the back to the end of the free edge.

 

Finer details….

Crystal bling must cover at least 50% of each nail.

The nails can be any colour. The arrangement and colour flow of the crystals must compliment the nail base they are on.

You can use any shape, size, colour of crystal. To fix you can use any medium such as glue, glue gel, acrylic etc.

 

 

DIY Salon Freestyle

Day - Monday

Entry level - 1/2/3

Duration –       1hr 15mins

Briefing –        1.30pm

Start time –    1.45pm

Finish time –  3.00pm

                                          

Aim…….

Working on yourself ( no model required ) you will need to create one hand of salon design nails.

The challenge/briefing for this category is that you will use PINK & PURPLE as your colour design.

So create 5 salon nails using pink and purple produts/mediums to create a salon/studio style arty nail.

 

Shape/style……

Any salon shape of your choice taht will flatter the length and design, square or almond, ballerina.

 

 

Nail length….

As these will be salon style nails, we require the free edge lenght to be 1cm.

The nail will be measured from the highest point of the natural nail at the back to the end of the free edge.

 

Finer details….

working on one of your hands, create salon length/shape nails encorporating colour and design. Your colour theme is PINK & PURPLE.

Imagine a clinet sitting in front of you at the salon saying " do what you want but i want pink & purple"

So this is your chance to freestyle!....

Use any system you like, acrylic, hard gel, acrygel, clear, cover pink core products. Tip or sculpt. All tools are allowed including e-files, pinching tools, gel topcoats etc.

Every nail art technique is allowed. Using PINK & PURPLE nail art mediums, colour powders, gels, gel polish, pigments, glitters, crystals, stamping. So long as your colour theme is pink and purple.

 


System Master Match

Day - Monday

Entry level - 2/3

Duration –       3 hours

Briefing –        8.45am

Start time –    9.00am

Finish time –  12.00pm

                                          

Aim…….

For the experienced nail tech ( level 2/3 ) wanting to really challenge themselves and push to the next level.

Here we are looking for you to match 2 systems together, creating the same thing on both hands using 2 sytems but looking like one! 

Can you mirror the look of an acrylic french hand to that of gel french on the other!?

You will have 3 hours to complete this task and must use 2 different systems on each hand. One must be liquid & powder and the other sytem must be a UV/LED curing product, so choose either hard gel or acrygel as your second system.


Shape/style……

All nails will be traditional french pink and white square.

Ring finger russian almond

Pinkie/little finger classic almond



Nail length….

In true competition style, we are looking for long nails here, not salon length.

Your nail beds extensions must be 2cm from cutcle to highest poiny of your  bed extension.

Same with the free edge, 2cm measured from corner point where white begins to where it ends.

This applies to the square and russian almond nails.

This will be shorter obviously for the classic almond, so we will look for your skill here in complimenting the nail bed when

creating your free edge shape.




Finer details….

Using either liquid & powder and hard gel OR liquid & powder and acrygel, mirror one hand to the other using traditional french application techniques. Square shape , but with russian almond on the ring fingers and classic almond on the pinkies.

We appreciate using 2 different systems you will not necessarily get an exact "colour match" but if you can try and get as close as possible.

We are looking for a match in terms of placing each finger side by side ( thumb to thumb ) and seeing the same length, shape, depth of smile line for example.

All tools and techniques allowed, tips, forms, e-files, pinching tools etc. Gel topcoat and cuticle oils allowed.




Photographic – Armed Forces


To be POSTED and reach us by the latest 2 weeks before the Nail Games -  Friday 4th September. 

Please note, we cannot send photos back unless pre-paid for return. Photos must be collected in person after the awards, or arrange your own collection.



Aim….

To produce a photographic image following the theme “Armed Forces”.

All nails should be French or full colour, EXCEPT… on both hands, the ring finger & middle finger should have accent nail art that compliments the theme.


Shape/Style ….

To confirm, 6 nails French, or full colour.

Colour can be either gel, paint, gel polish or acrylic.

2 nails on each hand, ring & middle must have accent nail art to compliment the theme.

The nails can be any shape and any length, again complimenting the theme and style of the photo image.


French can be french pink & white OR pink & colour.

We must see a french smile line on the 6 non art nails, so imagine french white tip, or french blue tip, green tip for example.

Any shape or length.

NO french fades/ombres/babyboomer/colour gradients on the tip.

No art whatsoever on these 6 nails, save that for your accent nails!

Entries that do not follow this rule will be considerably marked down.


Finer details….

The accent nails can be created using any nail art medium, such as acrylic paints, gel paints, acrylic colours, 3D designs with acrylic or gel, one stroke, aquarelle,stamping etc, anything goes.

All nail art should be created by hand and shown in step by steps.

A step by step brief manual should be included with the photographic entry to confirm authenticity.

No white tips allowed.

The photo should be taken in A4 portrait as if on a magazine cover, not in landscape.


You can edit the photo with adjustments to lighting / eye colour etc but please no over adjustments or editing to the nails themselves, we want to see your raw work.


Please note 

You must collect your Photograph / frame on the day of the competition or arrange shipping at an additional cost, we can not be held laible for any damage in transit. This category , along with Boxed Art willl be judged across both hdays and winners will be announced at Mondays awards ceremony.

 

 Please be mindful of trademarks & copyright, be ORIGINAL ! :)



 

Boxed Art / Flat Painted – Armed Forces

 

 

 

To be posted and reach us by the latest 2 weeks before the Nail Games ( 4th Sept ) OR handed in person on the show day ( Sunday 12th September ) before midday.

Please note, we cannot send boxes back unless pre-paid for return. boxes must be collected in person after the awards, or arrange your own collection. This category , along with photographic will be judged across both days and winners will be announced at Monday's award ceremony.

 

 

Aim….

To produce a box/frame showcasing 10 display nails following the theme “Armed Forces”.

This is more extravagant than everyday art, it is fantasy nail art, telling a story, following a theme across 10 nails.

The nails must be created using paints, gels, gel art paints and must have no raised/3D elements.

 

Shape/Style….

10 nails to be displayed within a frame. Any long display tips can be used, any shape.

All painting mediums are allowed, such as gel art paint, acrylic paints, painting gels.

No raised or 3D elements allowed, no airbrushing.

 

Finer details…

All 10 nails MUST be visible. We must be able to see that 10 nails are present within the frame.

Across the 10 nails you must show a variety of nail art painting designs.

All nail art should be created by hand and shown in step by steps.

A step by step brief manual should be included with the framed entry to confirm authenticity.

All painting mediums allowed, all techniques. Acrylic paints, gel, gel paints, gel polish, etc

You must present your 10 nails in a frame/box frame no bigger than A4, minimum size A5.

The nails do not have to be joined together or in a straight line. Present as you wish!

 

•Boxed Art - it is totally your choice if you want to decorate the frame.
There is not a specific mark for frame design , however there are marks for overall look and wow factor, so if you think the frame decorations will compliment your work and design , contributing to the wow factor, then go for it!

 

Please note 

You must collect your Photograph / frame on the day of the competition or arrange shipping at an additional cost, we can not be held laible for any damage in transit.

 

 

 

 

3D Boxed Art – Armed Forces

 

 

To be posted and reach us by the latest 2 weeks before the Nail Games ( 4th Sept ) OR handed in person on the show day ( Sunday 12th September ) before midday.

Please note, we cannot send boxes back unless pre-paid for return. boxes must be collected in person after the awards, or arrange your own collection.

 

Aim….

3D FANTASY - To produce a box/frame showcasing 10 display nails following the theme “Armed Forces”.

This is more extravagant than everyday art, it is fantasy nail art, telling a story, following a theme across 10 nails.

 

Shape/Style….

10 nails to be displayed within a frame. Any long display tips can be used, any shape.

All mediums, systems & techniques allowed.

The 3D elements must not be any higher than 5cm off the nail.

 

Finer details…

All 10 nails MUST be visible. We must be able to see that 10 nails are present within the frame.

Across the 10 nails you must show a variety of nail art techniques including flat, but mostly 3D designs.

All nail art should be created by hand and shown in step by steps.

A step by step brief manual should be included with the photographic entry to confirm authenticity.

All mediums and systems allowed, all techniques, flat, 3D, extreme, acrylic, gel, paints, polish, acrylic paints etc

You must present your 10 nails in a frame/box frame no bigger than A4, minimum size A5.

The 3D elements must not be any higher than 5cm off the nail surface.

The nails do not have to be joined together or in a straight line. Present as you wish!

 

•Boxed Art - it is totally your choice if you want to decorate the frame.
There is not a specific mark for frame design , however there are marks for overall look and wow factor, so if you think the frame decorations will compliment your work and design , contributing to the wow factor, then go for it!

 

Please note 

You must collect your Photograph / frame on the day of the competition or arrange shipping at an additional cost, we can not be held laible for any damage in transit.

This category, along with photographic will be judged across both days and winners will be announced at Mondays awards ceremony.

 

 

 

Important Notice

If you are posting to us, please do so to reach us no later than the 4th September. This is the deadline for us to receive your entry. 
Please note, if you are not there on the day to collect your box/photo after the show, we will keep your entry safe but if you would like it posting back to you then you will need to pay the postage cost for this service.
The address to post your entries along with step by steps to is....


Nail Expo 
c/o Tweezers Beauty 
57 Mill Street 
Bedworth 
CV12 8JX