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MAY 2017

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62 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MAY 2017 NAILS NEXT TOP NAIL ARTIST The online and social media-based contest pits top techs from all over the world against one another for an elimination-style competition. In the end, three techs are left standing, going on to compete at a major trade show. Prizes include a NAILS cover, a trip to New York Fashion Week, cash, a trophy, and a position on the masthead as NAILS guest editor. Season 3 champion Winnie Huang advises potential competitors to prepare for a long- term commitment, as the contest can run from May (preliminary rounds) through the fall (regular play), and bleed into early 2018 (the final rounds). "Compete, but with yourself! Value personal growth and remember why you entered in the first place," says Huang. She also urges techs to read the rules carefully for each weekly challenge, be flexible, and make good use of time. Season 1 winner and veteran nail competitor Ryoko Garcia emphasizes the sacrifices that must be made for such a lengthy competition. "I spent every minute of my free time working on NTNA. Family and friends will fall to a lesser priority for six months," she says. Sacrifice pays off in terms of improving salon work and learning to think outside of the box. "Be prepared to get criticized. Listen to other opinions, especially those of the judges. Judges are always looking for something they've never seen before. No one starts off competing as a champion," says Garcia. Deadline: May 1, 2017 NAILS MURAL CONTEST, MINI MASTERPIECE, AND CELEBRITY FACE-OFF Trisha Johnson of Shelby Township, Mich., has entered many of NAILS' competitions and won the 2017 Mural contest. "My best advice to consider before entering any competition is to be ready to dig deep, remember who you are artistically, and stick true to your own style." Johnson also advises to not take things so seriously, "It's really supposed to be fun, so don't forget your sense of humor!" Mini Masterpiece Deadline: May 9, 2017 Celebrity Face-Off Deadline: July 10, 2017 Mural Contest Deadline: December 8, 2017 ARTISTIC CONTESTS SLIMLINE LED MANICURE LAMP THE GOLD STANDARD IN NAIL LIGHTING! Your salon says a lot about you...invest in yourself today! 1-866-DAYLIGHT (329-5444) • Bring daylight indoors. • Powerful wide coverage lighting, with a low profile. To learn more visit:

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