Nail Competitions 2024 – what are the categories?

Published 03rd Mar 2024 by Karina Corbett

The Federation of Nail Professionals (FNP) and Professional Beauty & Hair are collaborating once again to bring you the Nail Competitions at this year’s Professional Beauty & Hair, which takes place at Dublin's RDS on 21-22 April.

With eight categories in total, entrants are being invited to demonstrate their creativity and skills as they compete for a chance to raise their profile in the industry.

The categories on Sunday, 21 April are:

1 Competition Nail     
For nail professionals only, demonstrate accurate structuring and manipulation techniques of liquid and powder or UV cured product. Create the perfect 50/50 competition nail with extended nail bed.

2 Learn A Skill
Open to both students and nail professionals, watch Kirsty Meakin create a design on the Trends and Techniques stage and then replicate it, demonstrating your creativity in using the technique, while adding your own twist.

3 Shape of Your Art
For nail professionals only, create your preferred extreme nail shape and let your imagination go wild. Embed or embellish these nails in a design of your choice, your choice of system (liquid and powder or UV cured product), and your preferred shape.

The categories on Monday, 22 April are:

1 Manicure
Open to students and nail professionals, focus on perfect and safe preparation of the cuticle and surrounding skin, and immaculate painting, using traditional nail polish. A ‘before’ picture will be taken by the lead judge on a smartphone.

2 UV Gel Polish
Open to students and nail professionals, demonstrate accurate and safe application of UV gel polish to both hands using French and dark colour.

3 Salon Nail
Open to students and nail professionals, create the perfect salon nail in a system of your choice (liquid and powder or UV cured product) with either tip and overlay or sculpt.

Meanwhile, the Off the Floor categories are:

1 Insta Nail Photographic (Theme – Famous Places)
Open to students and nail professionals, create a photo that demonstrates your skills and business offering. This image should showcase you, your skills and your creativity. Images can be used on social media after you have submitted your entry. All entries must be submitted digitally to [email protected] before the 12.04.24 deadline.

2 Mixed Media Boxed Art (Off the Floor)
Open to students and nail professionals, create 10 nail tips of your choice. These must be showcased in a box no larger than A4-squared with a clear lid that may also be decorated. Hand this in at 10:30am on Sunday, 21 April to be judged and showcased at the show.

Entry fees are €35 for professionals and €15 for students, and the results will be announced at Professional Beauty & Hair on Monday, 22 April.

For additional information on the Nail Competitions, categories and how to enter, visit here.

Karina Corbett

Karina Corbett

Published 03rd Mar 2024

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