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MAR 2013

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WHAT: NAILS wants to identify the next crop of up-and-coming nail artists in a reality show-inspired contest launching on www.nailsmag.com in September 2013. It will be an elimination-style contest where contestants will be given biweekly challenges. The challenges will be a mix of video, photos, nail art on tips, and other social media-type entries. WHO: We're looking for professional nail techs who are inspired, creative, reliable, and up for a challenge. You must be able to take high-res digital photos and short videos. (Since we're looking for the NEXT top nail artist, you can't currently be affiliated with a professional nail manufacturer as an educator. It's fine if you've taken manufacturer-specific classes.) WHERE: Anywhere. All of your tasks will be uploaded online or sent to us here in the office. WHEN: Complete the application with all required elements by April 27, 2013. We will contact the top 16 by May 31. We'll announce the final eight contestants in the September issue. The public contest will take place between September 14, 2013 and November 30, 2013. The two finalists will compete in a live contest at ISSE Long Beach and the winner will be announced at the show on January 25-27, 2014. HOW: Simply fill out the online application at www. nailsmag.com/nexttopnailartist no later than April, 27, 2013. In addition to basic information, you'll be required to answer several essay questions and upload photos and a short video diary. PRIZES: The final two will be invited to ISSE Long Beach 2014, for the official crowning of NAILS' Next Top Nail Artist. (NAILS will pay up to $500 for your airfare and will pay for a two-night stay in Long Beach, Calif.) In addition, you'll receive FREE admission to both days of the show, $1,000 cash prize, enough nail art supplies to keep you creating for some time, the opportunity to work for a major manufacturer, and a spot on the NAILS blogroll for one year. MARCH 2013 | NAILS MAGAZINE | 51

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