Tip & Overlay Rules 2017

1. Competitors will have 2½ hours to complete a set of competition-style nail enhancements using clear or natural tips. White tips and/or any type of forms are NOT allowed.

2. Competitors may either use liquid-and-powder acrylic products, light-cured gel products, OR wrap products. Combining these enhancement products will NOT be allowed.

3. Only sheer pink, clear, and white enhancement products may be used. Enhancement products containing glitter and/or any other color are NOT allowed. Cover pinks are not allowed.

**4.  Moons must be included at the base of the nail on the unpolished hand and must be sculpted. At the discretion of the competitor, moons may be added to the polished hand.

5. Embellishment(s) may NOT be used.

6.  The model’s natural nails may be prepped for product application before the competition starts, but product may NOT be applied until the competition starts.

7. No colored products of any type (unless specified) may be applied to tips prior to attaching them to the natural nail.

8. Only unaltered clear adhesives (gel-type, brush-on, tubes, etc) may be used to attach tips to the nail.

9. All enhancement products must be applied to tips after the tips are adhered to the natural nail.

10. No consideration will be given for any pre-existing damage to a model’s natural nails, cuticles, or hands.

11. Competitors must lay out tips before the briefing, but tips may not be applied until the competition starts.

12. 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.  Paint on white is not allowed.

13. All files and buffers must be clean and unused; electric files, buffing products may not be used.

14. Water only may be used. Cleansing products (soaps, etc.) and moisturizing products (oils, creams, lotions, bowls with anything in them i.e. marbles, rocks etc.) are NOT allowed

15. The nail enhancements on one hand (competitor’s choice) must be polished with red cream polish if using acrylic and if using gel a red color gel may be used. Base coat, ridge filler and topcoat are NOT allowed.

16. The nail enhancements on the unpolished hand must be French-style (pink/clear and white), finished to a high shine and completely free of polish. Gel sealant may not be used to finish to a high shine.

17. The underside of both hands must look the same.

18. Tip & Overlay will be judged in the following ten categories: smile lines, “C”curves, cuticle area, shape, product control, moons, surface structure, lateral structure, length, polish application finish work, and overall impression.   Judges will NOT be informed about products and/or techniques used.

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