Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How thick should a competition-style nail be?

    A competition-style nail has a 1-to-1 ratio of nail bed (pink) to free edge (white), measured from the center of the smile line. The product is thinly applied near the cuticle area, reinforced at the stress area, and tapered to the free edge so it is equal to approximately the thickness of a business card (.01-.03 inches). Your C-curves should consistently measure between 40% and 50% (144° and 180° arc).
  2. How thick should a salon-style nail be?

    A salon-style nail has a 2-to-1 ratio of nail bed (pink) to free edge (white), measured from the center of the smile line. The product is thinly applied near the cuticle area, reinforced at the stress area, and tapered through the free edge to a thickness approximately equal to the thickness of a credit card (.03-.05 inches). Your C-curves should consistently measure between 33.3 % and 40% (120° and 144° arc).
    Important Measurements Competition style nails Salon style nails
    Ratio of nail bed to free edge 1 to 1 2 to 1
    Thickness 0.01-0.03 inches (approximately the thickness of a business card) 0.03-0.05 inches (approximately the thickness of a credit card
    C-curves Between 40% and 50% (144° and 180° arc) Between 33.3% and 40% (120° and 144° arc)

    Check out the “GALLERY” for photos of competition style and salon style nails.

  3. Can I choose to reuse my models?

    Yes, you can reuse your model as many times as it is possible. For example, let’s say you’re entered in three competitions, Fantasy Nail Art, Salon Success and Sculptured Nails. You can use the model you used for Fantasy Nail Art for Sculptured Nails so long as she has already been judged and excused.
  4. When I’m doing a set of competition gels, may I choose to use red polish instead of red gel?

    Yes, you may.
  5. May I use a white tip as a template to make a smile line?

    Absolutely no! If you do, you will be disqualified. No products, such as inverted tips or any "cookie cutter" products may be used to form or assist in making a smile line. All smile lines must be done with a brush by hand.
  6. How do I mount nails for the 3-D Nail Art, Mixed Media or Hand Painted Nail Art events?

    The 10 tips must be securely fastened to a plain flat surface for judging.
    • The mounting surface must be one color with no texture. (No Mirrors)
    • It must be flat, flush and sturdy.
    • Size: 8 inches long by 6 inches wide with height of 1/4 inch.
    • Any entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified at the time of judging.

    3d Board dimensions

  7. What is the difference between Novice and Veteran?

    Novice is a competitor who has never competed before or has competed and not placed 1st in a legitimate national or international competition at a beauty show. A Veteran is a competitor who has placed 1st in a legitimate national or international competition at a beauty show. Once a Novice competitor has placed 1st, he or she moves up to the veteran division.
  8. Are there special registration procedures for international competitors?

    Upon registering for the competitions you will receive an email, not a letter, confirming your registration and informing you of the daily schedules (including competitor report times) so please use a valid email address and check your spam for your confirmation. We suggest you add AMenendez@creativeage.com to your email address book to ensure your receipt of your confirmation. A link to the Rules & Criteria will be included. You will need to print out your confirmation email and bring it with you to the show.
  9. What if I can’t attend an event for which I’ve registered?

    The bottom of our registration form gives you a deadline for submitting refund requests for NAILPRO Competition events. After that date all events are non-refundable and nontransferable. Exception: Because Premiere Orlando handles competition registration directly, their refund policies apply to that event.
  10. If I’m paying by check or money order, where do I mail my payment?

    Make your check or money order payable to NAILPRO Competitions. Send it to: NAILPRO Competitions, 7628 Densmore Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406-2042. Exceptions: Registrations for Premiere Orlando should be sent directly to Premiere Show Group.
  11. Do I have to pay a separate competition fee if I enter more than one competition at an event?

    Yes. You must pay for each individual competition that you enter. Also, if you enter more than one set of nails in any nail art competition, you must pay a separate registration fee for each set. If the individual competition for which you’ve registered requires the use of a model, a ticket for your model is included in the competition fee.
  12. What time do I need to be there?

    You must check in at the “Competitors Report” time on your schedule (see event timeline). If you don’t check in, you will not participate.

Any other questions?

Call 888/491-8265 ext. 515 or email nailprocomps@creativeage.com or AMenendez@creativeage.com