This week’s episode asked the three contestants—Kandi Banks, Ashley Craig and Winnie Huang—to create fantasy-style bridal bouquet nails. In other words, they had to create ultra-long, three-dimensional nails that, when the hands were held together, looked like a bouquet of flowers that a bride would carry on her wedding day. Seem ridiculous? Maybe. But to the professional nail competitor this is a fairly normal request.
Believe it or not, there are many nail competitions where professional manicurists compete in a variety of categories. One of the most exciting is Fantasy Nail Art where competitors create lavish 3-D nails surrounding a theme. To the average person, this may seem somewhat strange, even ridiculous, but once you understand the amount of work and talent it takes to create these masterpieces, you might reconsider.
Each of the 3-D elements that are attached to the nails are created from scratch, sculpted out of acrylic or gel, which are products that start off as a gooey substances but, as they cure, harden. In the salon, they are used to create nail enhancements (sometimes called “fake nails”), but in competitions they are used to build fantastical designs. For Fantasy Nail Art competitions, the nail artists build extravagant scenes—including people, trees, cars and more—and attach them to nail tips. The model wears these nails so the scenes are displayed on her hands. What’s more, the model dresses up in a costume to further enhance the theme. Check out some of the entries from a recent NAILPRO Nail Competition with the theme Rock ‘n Roll:
This competitor got creative with the Rock ‘n Roll theme and created a caveman “rock and roll” look.
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