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Nordic Nail Open 2023 CRITERIA

Eriksbergshallen i Göteborg
2023-03-23 – 2023-03-25

 

DIVISIONS

Nail Master:
Any competitor that has placed first, second or third in a recognized nail competition of any
type.
Competition fee: 600 SEK for each competition in category Acrylic or 1000 SEK for both
categories. Same for gel Gel. The competition fee is 1000 SEK for all other competitions. You
pay max 4000 SEK thereafter the competitions are free.
Acrylic and Gel – 1st place: TROPHY – The competitor with a highest score in acrylic (both
competitions are accounted for) also win the entry fee for NAILYMPIA in London 2021 and 2000
SEK towards expenditures. The same is for gel.
The winner will enter Master division in Nailympia and compete in both acrylic and gel.
Acrylic and Gel – 2-3 place: TROPHY

Nail Starter:
Students and professional nail technicians that have never participated in any type of nail
competition – or students and professional nail technicians that have competed, but never won
a recognized competition, but have placed up to 4th position.
Competition fee: 500 SEK for each competitor in category Acrylic or 800 SEK for both
categories. Same for gel Gel. The competition fee is 1000 SEK for all other competitions. You
pay max 4000 SEK thereafter the competitions are free.
Acrylic and Gel – 1 place: TROPHY. The competitor with a highest score in acrylic (both
competitions are accounted for) also win the entry fee for NAILYMPIA in London 2021. The
same is for gel.
The winner will enter Master division in Nailympia and compete in both acrylic and gel.
Acrylic and Gel – 2-3 place: TROPHY

High School:
Open for students in Swedish high schools and secondary upper schools.
Maximum 32 contestants in each competition with all divisions included. Maximum 10 Teams
in Team Trio.
Each section of Nail Systems Open must be attended by at least 4 contestants or the categories
will be added into the nearest category.
The registration is binding. If the competitor give notice no later than 6 weeks before the start
of the competition, the full fee will be refunded. If the competitor give notice after 6 weeks
before the start of the competition, 50% of the fee will be refunded. If the competitor give
notice 3 weeks before the start of the competition, no part of the fee will be refunded.
All costs are without VAT, which will be added – or send us your VAT number then it will not be
added.

WINNER OF WINNERS
A thrilling bonus competition, Winner of Winners. Automatically all will participate in the
contest. The competitor who gets the highest score in total during these two days will win the
big Glass trophy and can boast the title of Winner of Winners 2023.
The following competitions are not included in the Winners of Winner: Team Trio and Mixed
Media.

NORDIC CHAMPION
The competitor who gets the highest score in both the acrylic competition and the competitor
who gets the highest score in both the gel competitions.
This category is for competitors with a citizenship from any of the Nordic countries; Sweden,
Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland.
If you have any enquiries, you are welcome to contact us. reni@nailsystems.se
We will also do a short briefing of the criteria before each competition.
Mobile phones may not be used during the competition, both from the models or from the
competitors. It can be used as a stop watch, but must be in flight mode, or you can use it with
earplugs for music.
But you are welcome to take lots of pictures both before and after the competition and please
use for your pictures:
#nordicnailopen and #cosmonord
Pictures will be taken during the competition and will be published on www.nordicnailopen.se


COMPETITON CRITERA
General criteria
• The competition is open for all nail technicians and students.
• Contestants and models must be at least 16 years of age.
• The competition fee must be paid before the competition starts.

No work on the model hands is allowed in the competition area 30 minutes before the
competition starts.
The contestant may not touch the model’s hands during the review
of rules that starts 10 minutes before the competition. If the contestant performs work
during the review it will leads to 5 points deductions.
o The model’s hands will be checked between but not controlled for eventual
wounds.
o The models hand may be manicured but must be free of any artificial product.
Visible wounds and cuts will give point deductions.
o The model may not carry any jewelry such as rings, watches or bracelets (except
for Fantasy). Visible birthmarks and tattoos on hands or arms – these are NOT to
be covered with adhesive tape of any kind.

o Model is wearing short sleeves or alternatively drag up sleeves in preparation for
the judging. (except for Fantasy)

• Look carefully in the agenda for exact time for briefing and competition.
• Contestants must provide all products needed for the competition, also extension cord,
lighting,
UV-lamp or LED lamp for gel contestants. One table and two chairs and one
socket will be provided. In Sweden we have a European socket and 220V.
• Contestants work stations will be checked before the competition starts. Please note
that when the competition has started the contestants will not be able to retrieve any
items from their bags.
All bags must be placed at the specified location and handbags
should be placed under the seats. Also, if anything falls to the floor, please tell the floor
judge before it will be picked up.
• All products must be in original packing. Handwritten labels are allowed on dispensers
for remover, water, glitter and decorations. Unmarked jars will be taken away of by the
floor judges and will be returned after the competition.
• There may not be any other products on the work station than the ones used in the
competition to create the model enhancements.

• No white tips may be used (only natural or clear). Tips may not be pre-blended. All tips
must be in a box with no less than 10 tips in each section of the box and with matching
numbers.
Forms may not be precut or in any other way pre-modeled before the competition
starts. It may only be 25 forms on the packing, on a roll or how they original are packed.
Resin may only be used I the competitions Acrilic on forma, Gel on forma and
Gelpolish.
Resin may be used in all other competitions. Activator for resin is not
allowed.
Drills ARE allowed. Except in Gelpolish and Team Trio.
Cuticle oil may be used, also hand lotion and creme. But there shall not be any residue
– there will be deduction for product residue
• Water is allowed.
• The nails or tips are NOT allowed to be decorated with any brand logos.

No smoking, eating or drinking is allowed during the competition or in the competition
area. Soft drinks are acceptable.
Mobile phones are not allowed to be used – except as a watch. The phone must be on
silent and without vibration signal and put in flight mode. It is not allowed to take
pictures or use video.
• Contestants may not start before the floor judge has said so, and when the competition
time is finished the model must stand up from the work station immediately. If the
contestants continue to work work outside the competition time it will lead to 10 point
deduction.
• Contestants and models may not leave the competition area during the competition.
• Nail Systems Open will be open to public as viewers – but they may not enter the
competition area.
• Please read all the criteria and get clarification on any you are not 100% certain of, as
this is your responsibility.

After the competition

• Models shall leave the contestant for the judging – they will be guided by the staff.
• Models must not leave the judging area until judging is completed.
It is the model’s responsibility to see that they have been judged by all the judges. If a
model is not seeing a judge the competitor will not been given any points in this area.
• Models may not use their mobile phones during the judging.
• Models may not touch their nails before the judging is finished and the hands should be
visible at all times. If the model touches his/her hands during the judging, it will be
given one warning and thereafter the model/competitor will be disqualified.

• Contestants must immediately after the competition clean out their work station or
set up for the next competition.
• The judges will remain after the award ceremony for comments and help.

In the event of a tie, in any of the three top positions.

• All the judges’ total point for the overall impression.
• If it still is a tie, then it is the head judge points for overall impression and thereafter the
head judge total points.
GOOD LUCK! 

Reni Mobrandt
Organizer and Competition director

ACRYLIC AND GEL
Competition time: Two times 75 minutes (1 hours 15 minutes)
The competition time is divided into two competitions each of 75 minutes.

• Competition with FORMS
o During 75 minutes all the nails on the model’s RIGHT HAND is to be enhanced
with FORMS and model’s thumb and little finger painted with red nail polish
that is provided by from Leighton Denny Expert Nails.
No base-or top coat of
any type may be used. The result of the polish must be completely opaque.
o The other three nails shall be completely free from any type of nail polish.

• Competition with TIPS
o During 75 minutes all the nails on the model’s LEFT HAND is to be enhanced with
TIPS and model’s thumb and little finger painted with red nail polish that is
provided by from Leighton Denny Expert Nails
. No base-or top coat of any type
may be used. The result of the polish must be completely opaque.
o The other three nails shall be completely free from any type of nail polish.

• Smile line should be sculptured with a brush. A file may be used to refine the smile.
• To create a sharp smile line it is allowed to use Clear, Pink or Cover Pink.
• If Cover Pink is used it is allowed to extend the nailbed. But if so – it should also be a
crisp smile seen from the underside of the nail.
• All nails must be enhanced with French manicure. For the polished nail it is not
necessary to have a smile underneath – but it must be white.
Oil may be used, also hand lotions but it must not be any residue on the nails or hands –
then points will be a 2 point deduction for product residue.
• Competitors may compete in both forms and tips or in one competition only. There will
be about a 10-minute break between the competitions. Competitors who compete in
both competitions shall remain at their stations. The model’s hands may not be
touched.
• Competitors competing with acrylic may not use any form of topcoat.

CRITERIA

Length – 10 points
• All nails should have the same length measured from the cuticle to the edge of the nail.
The thumb nail may be somewhat longer and the little finger nail somewhat shorter.
• The extension of the nail must not be more than 100% of the length of the nailbed. This
length is measured from eponychium to the deepest part of the smile, and from the
deepest part of the smile to the free edge.
• If any cover product has been used this should be in proportion with the natural nail.

Free edge shape – 10 points
• The chosen form must be square or round and must be with consistent in shape on all
nails.

Apex – 10 points
• Apex – seen from the side – consistent and same placement on all nails.
• Apex must be consistent in height.

C-curve – 10 points
• C-curve shall be with consistency in depth and the same on the left and right side. The
depth must be a minimum of 40% of a circle.
• C-curves highest point should be consistent in height and placement on all fingers and
follow the whole length of the nail, all the way down to the eponychium. No bumps or
uneven spots.

Side walls (also parallel sides) – 10 points
• Side walls should be straight, seen from the top of the nail, and follow the nail bed. The
side walls should be same on the left and right side. It can be slightly tapered, but still in
a straight shape.
• Side walls should be straight seen from the side of the nail.

Cuticle area and Thickness of the Free edge – 10 points
• The product line should be invisible and the cuticles without damage. No flooding of
the product or areas with product in the cuticle area.
• The front of the nail – the thickness of the free edge – shall be thin and with an even
upper and lower curve
without any unevenness. May not be thicker than a credit card.

Smile line – 10 points
• The smile line shall be clearly and sharp sculptured, without any shadows where the
white meets the pink.
• The smile should have consistency in shape on all nails.

White tip – 10 points
• The white tip should be consistent on all nail in the density of the color and without
bubbles
. The white tip should be consistent in length, but if the total length of the nail
is chosen with a somewhat longer thumb nail and somewhat shorter little finger nail,
that should follow in the white edge.

Polish – 10 points
Density and clarity in the color of the polish. No scratches or dull areas.
• The whole nail should be polished except under the nail. Also the thickness of the free
edge, if this is visible. Evenness at the cuticle area. There should be no sight of the
artificial nail.

Surface on unpolished nails – 10 points
• The whole surface should shine like glass and there must not be any scratches or marks.
The whole nail should shine – all the way down to eponychium.
No red marks on the nailbed due to overfilling. The color of the product on the nailbed
(clear or pink) should be clear and dense. Consistent without any bubbles.

Tip/Form fit and product residue – 10 points
• The tip or form should be invisibly placed without marks or edges.
• The natural nail must not be seen.
• The nails and fingers should be free of dust and product residue (also oil and resin).
• If cover pink has been used it should also be an even smile line seen from underneath
the nail.

Over all impression – 25 points
• Complexity of the workmanship, so as depth of smile, application of cover pink.
• Harmony between hand and nails.
• Harmony in the art.
• The judges’ impression.

Any points deductions