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The Glossies competition is back! Perfect for creative techs who’ve always wanted to compete, but have been too nervous to take the plunge, this competition is done on your own time—no travel plans, no entry fees and no time clocks required! All entries are submitted by photograph and evaluated by our team of NAILPRO Competition judges.

The Competitions
There will be four sets of competitions—with two unique challenges each time—for a total of eight competitions. Enter one, two or all of them—it’s entirely up to you! Each competition will award a first, second and third place winner based on the NAILPRO Nail Competition points system. At the end of the competition series, the competitor with the most points will be awarded the grand prize. In other words, the more points you rack up, either through stellar work or the number of competitions you enter (or both), the better your chance at winning.

The Winners
Competitors who place first, second and third in the individual competitions will each receive a certificate as well as have his/her photo featured in NAILPRO magazine. The grand prize winner will be announced in the July 2017 issue of NAILPRO Magazine and will receive:

  • A two-page story in NAILPRO magazine
  • $1,000 in products
  • A year-long mentorship with the 2017 NAILPRO Cup champion
  • Free entry into any NAILPRO Nail Competition for the next year

Do You Qualify?
The Glossies are open to all licensed beauty professionals, nail professionals who reside in states or countries in which licensing is not required and current students who have never won first place in any nail competition. Proof of licensure or qualification (such as school enrollment certificate or letter confirming salon employment) may be required.
Here’s a sneak peek of the upcoming categories and the deadlines so that you can get a head start!

Submission Deadlines:

All submissions for Competition #1 are due September 30, 2016.
Winners will be announced in the January 2017 issue.

Glossies-2017---French-Twist-OPT

French Twist:

Complete a full set of competition-style enhancements that reflect an original and artistic interpretation of traditional French style pink-and-whites using only flat paper or metal forms or tips. Competitors may use any combination of light pink, clear or white enhancement products (liquid-and-powder acrylic, light-cured gels, wraps, resin, etc.). Enhancement products containing light-colored glitter of any size (silver, gold, white opalescent and pale pink opalescent) are the only colored enhancement products that may be used. All enhancement products must be applied after tips or forms have been applied to the natural nail, and the surface of the nail enhancements must be flat. The following rules also apply:
–    No embellishments may be used.
–    Only unaltered clear adhesives may be used to attach tips.
–    No plastic molds of any kind may be used for the nail.
–    Nail enhancements must be finished to a high shine by buffing, applying top coat or using a gel sealant, only.

Glossies-2017---Hand-Painted--Gossip-OPT

Hand-Painted Nail Art (Theme: Gossip): The theme of this competition is Gossip. Entries must be an interpretation of the theme and consist of 10 individual manufacturer tips secured to a plain, flat surface. The length of the tips must be no longer than 2 inches and no wider than ¾ inches if they were flattened out, and tips must be graduated in size. The design must be done by hand painting only and the surface of the nail must be completely flat.

All submissions for Competition #2 are due November 18, 2016.
Winners will be announced in the March 2017 issue.

Glossies 2017 - It's All About the Bling

It’s All About the Bling: Complete two hands with bling-type embellishments. All types of nail embellishments are allowed; there is no preferred length and no amount of bling is too much. Top coat or UV gel sealant may be used, but please note that art or embellishments of any kind are not allowed to be embedded in the base nail extensions. Also, any and all types of copyrighted art, designs or logos are not allowed.

Glossies-2017---Before-and-After-OPT

Before & After: This competition is designed to compare an untouched left hand (before) to a manicured right hand (after). No products whatsoever shall be present or used on the left hand (before). The right hand (after) can be manicured natural nails or the nails may have added enhancements and/or embellishments. The only requirement is that if nail enhancements are used, two of the nails on the right hand (after) must be polished with red color. Competitors will submit photos of both the left hand (before) and right hand (after).

All submissions for Competiton #3 are due January 20, 2017.
Winners will be announced in the May 2017 issue.

Glossies-2017---Salon-Success-OPT

Salon Success:

Nails must be created with flat paper or metal forms or clear tips using professional products only. (White tips are not allowed.) One hand must be polished with red cream lacquer or gel polish, and the other hand must be unpolished in a French style (pink or clear and white) and finished to a high shine. Nails must have:
– The nail should be half the size of the nail bed, more specifically, there should be a 2:1 ratio of nail bed (pink) to free edge (white) as measured from the center of the smile line.
– Product must be thinly applied near the cuticle, reinforced at the stress area and tapered to the free edge to a thinness suitable for salon-style enhancements, .03 – .05 inches
– C-curves must be consistent and the arc must measure between 120º and 144º.

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Mixed Media (Theme: Crime Scene):

The theme of this competition is Crime Scene. Entries must be an interpretation of the theme and the finished set of nails must consist of a set of 10 individual manufacturer tips. Additionally, competitors must use 3-D nail art and embellishments to complete their design. Tips must be no longer than 2 inches in length and no wider than ¾ inches if they were flattened out, and they must be graduated in size. Also, finished tips must be wearable. The finished design may encompass all 10 tips as a picture, but each tip must remain individual. Additionally, competitors must use 3-D nail art, hand-painted nail art and embellishments to complete their design, and the following rules apply:
– All 3-D art must be created with professional nail products and the design may not protrude more than 1” in height from the tip surface.
– Only paint and nail polish may be used for hand painting; gel polish is not allowed.
– Embellishments must not exceed 25 percent of the overall design.

All submissions for Competiton #4 are due by March 24, 2017.
Winners will be announced in the July 2017 issue.

Glossies-2017---Design-Sculptured-Nails-OPT

Design Sculptured Nails (Theme: Red, White and Blue):

The theme of this competition is Red, White and Blue. Entries must be an interpretation of the theme and competitors must complete a set of 10 competition-style enhancements using forms and colored acrylic products in an original and artistic way. Competitors may only use acrylic liquid-and-powder products; color powders and color additives are also allowed. Glitter powder may be used but must not be included in more than 10 percent of the design. Please note that tips, adhesive, embellishments, paint or nail polish are not allowed. Also, any and all types of copyrighted art, designs or logos are not allowed. When creating the nails, the following rules apply:
–    The surface of he enhancement must be flush with no raised surfaces.
–    C-curves must be consistent, and the arc must measure between 170º and 180º
–    The nail extension must be the same length as the nail bed, more specifically, the length must be a 1:1 ratio.
–    Nail thinness should be .03 to .05 inches.
–    No molds, tools (i.e, impression tools) or electric files may be used.
–    Nail enhancements must be finished to a high shine by buffing, applying top coat or using a UV gel sealant, only.

Glossies 2017 - 3-D Design

3-D Design (Theme: Constellations):

The theme of this competition is Constellations. Entries must be an interpretation of the theme and the theme must be on all 10 tips. Entries must consist of a set of 10 individual manufacturer tips, no longer than 2 inches and no wider than ¾ inches if they were to be flattened out, and tips must be graduated in size. Additionally, the design must be wearable and it may not protrude more than 1 inch in height from the tip surface. Plus, the finished tips must remain individual and not be secured to one another. Competitors must also submit a written statement in two parts: the first, detailing the products and processes, and the second, your interpretation of the theme. (Note: Please do not name specific brands or manufacturers in the written statement.) When creating the design, the following rules apply:
–    Any and all types of copyrighted art, designs or logos are not allowed.
–    Embellishments may be used, but must not exceed 25 percent of the total design.
–    All nail art must be made using professional nail products.
–    Top coat, UV gel sealant or glitter polish may be used.
–    When finished, the 10 tips must be securely fastened to a plain, flat surface (one color, no texture and no mirror) that is a maximum of 6” in length, 8” in width and ¼” in height.

By entering, you consent to the Contest Rules and Qualifications.

Want to be in the Glossies’ Facebook group to ask advice and get tips for entering? Click here and ask to join.

 

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What you need to know before submitting:

 

+ Below is rules on how to enter French Twist, It’s All About the Bling, Before & After, Salon Success, Design Sculptured Nails. (Photography rules for 3-D Design, Mixed Media and Hand-Painted Nail Art are slightly different, see next section on those further below.)

1. RELEASE FORMS ARE CRITICAL!
The Glossies Competition are providing you with a Photo Information Form and various other forms that must be filled out, signed, photographed or scanned and emailed with your submission to nailpro@creativeage.com. Photos may be attached, zipped or included in email. Forms must be signed by all of the following people:

Check off the forms as you sign them.

Download all release forms here »

______The photographer(s) who took the photos (“Non-Exclusive Photography License”).
______The model(s) who appear in the photos (“Model Release”).
______The technician, (“Technician Release”). Also fill out the “Technician Information” sheet.
______If any of the model or technician is under the age of 18, you will need the signature of a parent or guardian (“Ratification by Parent or Guardian of Minor”).

Incomplete submissions will automatically be disqualified!

2. MODELS
MUST sign the “Model Release form”. If they are under 18 they must also have their parents or guardian sign the “Ratification by Parent or Guardian of Minor”. Please make sure your models have great hands.

3. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – ALL WORK MUST BE DIGITAL

*****Please use the following as your criteria: Resolution MUST be 300 dpi. 5 x 7*****

**IMAGE DELIVERY: You must tell us how many photos you have submitted in your email. Please confirm we have received them. It is your responsibility.

All submissions must be sent to nailpro@creativeage.com.

4. PHOTOGRAPHY
A professional photographer is not necessary for your submission. However, it will help you to best present your hard work and possibly increase your chances for winning. If a professional photographer is used they must sign and return a Non-Exclusive Photography License.

5. PHOTOS
You must submit 5 specific photos of your work, a photo of yourself and one of your model and photographs of all signed appropriate documents. Examples below.

The 5 photo requirements are for Extension Competition: (samples are below) all photos to be shot with black or white background only.

1. Presentation – Hands crossed right over left and shot from above
2. “C” Curve – camera angle is that of someone looking at the nails from the distal edge to the cuticle.
3. Sides of left hand. Camera angle is from the side of the left hand.
4. Sides of right hand. Camera angle is from the side of the right hand.
5. Overall – Both hands on a flat black surface, camera angle is from above.

 

 

Photo Shoot Guidelines

Be sure the photos are in focus. Use a tripod if necessary. Experiment with settings on the camera for the best presentation of your work.

SIZES
Photos: 5×7 or 8 x 10 inches only. Smaller photos will not be allowed.

SAVE photo files as:
Portrait
Tiff or JPEG 300 DPI
NAMING FILES
Write it like this: [Technician initials]-[competition initials] [(hand position name)]

SS – Salon Success
HPNA – Hand Painted Nail Art

IAB – It’s All About the Bling
BA – Before and After

IAG – Inspired Artistic Genius
MM – Mixed Media

DSN – Design Sculptured Nails
3-D – 3-D
Example:
If my name is Jill Coats, my submissions will look like this:

JC-SS-Presentation, JC-SS – 2 “C” Curves, JC- SS -3 RightSide,
JC- SS – 4 LeftSide, JC- SS -5 Overall JC- etc.

Your headshot photo and your model head shot should be named
Example:
JC-Jill Coats-Headshot Technician-Glossies
JC-JaneSmith-Model- Glossies

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How to enter 3-D Design, Mixed Media and Hand-Painted Nail Art. (Photography rules for French Twist, It’s All About the Bling, Before & After, Salon Success, Design Sculptured Nails are slightly different, see section above for those.)

1. RELEASE FORMS ARE CRITICAL!
The Glossies Competition are providing you with a Photo Information Form and various other forms that must be filled out, signed, photographed or scanned and emailed with your submission to nailpro@creativeage.com. Photos may be attached, zipped or included in email. Forms must be signed by all of the following people:

Check off the forms as you sign them.

Download all release forms here »

______The photographer(s) who took the photos (“Non-Exclusive Photography License”).
______The model(s) who appear in the photos (“Model Release”).
______The technician, (“Technician Release”). Also fill out the “Technician Information” sheet.
______If any of the model or technician is under the age of 18, you will need the signature of a parent or guardian (“Ratification by Parent or Guardian of Minor”).

Incomplete submissions will automatically be disqualified!

2. MODELS
MUST sign the “Model Release form”. If they are under 18 they must also have their parents or guardian sign the (“Ratification by Parent or Guardian of Minor”) Please make sure your models have great hands.

3. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY – ALL WORK MUST BE DIGITAL

*****Please use the following as your criteria: Resolution MUST be 300 dpi. 5 x 7*****

**IMAGE DELIVERY: You must tell us how many photos you have submitted in your email. Please confirm we have received them. It is your responsibility.

All submissions must be sent to nailpro@creativeage.com.

4. PHOTOGRAPHY
A professional photographer is not necessary for your submission. However, it will help you to best present your hard work and possibly increase your chances for winning. If a professional photographer is used they must sign and return a Non-Exclusive Photography License.

5. PHOTOS
You must submit 5 specific photos of your work, a photo of yourself and one of your model and photographs of all signed appropriate documents. Examples below.
The 5 photo requirements for nail art work:

1. Presentation – Nail Art all 10 nail tips in frame as tight as possible.
2. 3 photos close up A, B, C Each a different part of the entry.
3. 1 photo – close up of the most detailed section you want us to see closely.

Photo Shoot Guidelines

Be sure the photos are in focus. Use a tripod if necessary. Experiment with settings on the camera for the best presentation of your work.

SIZES
Photos: 5×7 or 8 x 10 inches only. Smaller photos will not be allowed.

SAVE photo files as:
Portrait
Tiff or JPEG 300 DPI

NAMING FILES
Write it like this: [Technician initials]-[competition initials] [(camera position name)]

SS – Salon Success
HPNA – Hand Painted Nail Art

IAB – It’s All About the Bling
BA – Before and After

IAG – Inspired Artistic Genius
MM – Mixed Media

DSN – Design Sculptured Nails
3-D – 3-D
Example:
If my name is Jill Coats, my submissions will look like this:

JC-HPNA-Presentation, JC-HPNA-A Closeup, JC-HPNA-B Closeup, JC-HPNA-C Closeup
JC- 3-D5 – Detail.

Your headshot photo and your model head shot should be named
Example:
JC-Jill Coats-Headshot Technician-Glossies
JC-JaneSmith-Model- Glossies

By entering, you consent to the Contest Rules and Qualifications.

Want to be in the Glossies’ Facebook group to ask advice and get tips for entering? Click here and ask to join.

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Overall qualifications for entering, rules, and other “fine print” info

Qualifications

The Glossies: Entry-Level Competitions are open to all beauty professionals licensed or qualified to perform nail services as long as they have NEVER placed first in any type of nail competition— EVER! If The Glossies team finds this rule to be broken at any point, competitor will be disqualified immediately.

Current students and beauty professionals from states or countries in which licensing is not required are also eligible to compete. Proof of licensure or qualification (such as school enrollment certificate or letter confirming salon employment) may be required.

General Rules

1. All work for each entry must be completed by the competitor registered for that competition. If “THE GLOSSIES TEAM” finds this rule has been violated, the competitor will be prohibited from competing in any NAILPRO or NAILPRO-run competition for the period of one year.

2. Any competitor or model found not complying with the “THE GLOSSIES” rules is subject to possible disqualification and/or point deduction. In the event disqualification occurs after awards and/or prizes, cash or otherwise, have been distributed, the disqualified contestant must return their trophy as well as any and all prizes to “THE GLOSSIES TEAM” staff. He or she will also be prohibited to participate in any NAILPRO or NAILPRO-run competition for one year.

3. Competitors entries must be received prior to deadline date. Late arrivals or entries will not be accepted. 4. The “THE GLOSSIES TEAM” competition staff reserves the right to final interpretation of all rules.

Other Information

These competition rules are in effect for “THE GLOSSIES” Entry Level. For rule clarification, please contact the Competition Message Center at (800) 787-5135 or e-mail jcmayor13@gmail.com.

**1. Upon registration, competitors and their models give consent to Creative Age Publications, Inc. and all of its properties to freely use in any form or manner they seem fit for Creative Age Publication’s magazines, websites and projects. In addition, to reproduce all photographs, videos or such taken at the show, including those taken by photographers, or others hired for the show by Creative Age Publications. Not limited to anyone working in conjunction with Nailpro Competitions. All photos, images and videos or film shot are property of Creative Age Publications and may not be used without written permission. Your registration is considered as a signed release.

1. A. Each competitor will be given a certificate of participation.

2. Themes: If the themes are not followed, disqualification or point-deductions are possible. Decision will be that of the “The Glossies Team” Competition staff and will be announced during awards ceremony. Please note when a color or shades of a color are given as a theme, it means no other color may be used unless otherwise noted.

3. The finalists are viewed simultaneously during the scoring process. Finalists are evaluated in 10 categories; each category is worth a possible 10 points, ranging from 1 (Unacceptable) to 10 (Flawless) except where otherwise noted. Each of the three judges is responsible for three to four categories. The categories for each competition are listed in the rules specific to that competition. Only finalists receive score sheets. Score sheets will be delivered electronically.

4. The competition staff calculates the final scores, and the judges verify the placements before excusing the finalists. Any ties will be broken by the Head Judge. The decision of the judges is final.

5. All NAILPRO run or sponsored competitions are a showcase for the nail industry. The NAILPRO competition staff expects all participants to conduct themselves in a professional, sportsmanlike manner.

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