Nails Magazine

FEB 2019

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Back in August, NAILS Magazine selected the 24 contestants who would go on to compete in Season 6 of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist. Two pre-challenges sponsored by Swarovski whittled the list down to 12 in November. Beginning January 22, the 12 nail professionals mentioned here will compete each week for glory, prize packages, and a shot at the top title in the nail industry. BY BETH LIVESAY sponsored by Season 5 upped the ante for NTNA competitors. Season 6 contenders will again be competing for a ticket to Premiere Orlando for the ultimate finale party, where they'll meet competition sponsors, judges, and 600 fellow nail professionals. This year's winner will also score a trip to California to shoot a NAILS cover, a cash prize, a trip to New York Fashion Week with team CND, their name on the NAILS masthead for a year, and a crystal trophy from Swarovski. This season's competitors come from all over the world, representing Canada, Serbia, Denmark, New Zealand, England, Greece, and the United States. Two competitors from Season 5 are returning for another shot at the top spot. Determining the winner of NTNA Season 6 will be no easy feat. To help the NAILS team choose between these talented artists are former competitors turned judges Lauren Wireman (Season 1), Deanna Stelmaschuk (Season 4), and current champion Valerie Ducharme. Judges from our weekly sponsors include Allie Baker, Blanca Martinez, Anastasiia Morozova, Shanee Pink, Tammy Taylor, Elaine Watson, Denise Wright, and So Yong Yu. Head judge Jan Arnold of CND will remain ever so involved, meticulously eyeing each week's creations. But finally, it's up to you — our readers — to help by voting for your favorite artist each week to get her to the finale. Voting begins January 22. New to this year's contest is the Gel II Fan Favorite competition, awarding the artist with the largest popular vote from the entire season with a prize presented from Gel II onstage at Premiere Orlando. KUPA will also be recapping each week of the competition live on Facebook, starting January 2 and going all the way up until the finale on June 1. Join NAILS, CND, Gel II, En Vogue, EzFlow, KUPA, LeChat, Mia Secret, NSI, Orly, Tammy Taylor Nails, and Wildflowers in congratulating our 12 finalists. Special thanks to American Dawn, the official towel sponsor of NTNA, KUPA, the official e-file sponsor, and Swarovski, the official crystal sponsor of the competition. Turn the page to get to know our Top 12 and decide who you will be voting for when the competition begins January 22. Follow along with the competition by browsing #NAILSNTNA and #NAILSNTNATop12. See the first two pre-challenges, sponsored by Swarovski, at Tune in every Wednesday at 11 a.m. PST for the NTNA Recap show with KUPA on nailsmag. sponsored by 52 NAILS MAGAZINE | FEBRUARY 2019 | Meet the Season 6 Contestants

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