Judges Instructions

  • Criteria is scored as a total scored.
  • All criteria points awarded are from 1-10.
  • Scores are determined by the judges educated opinion based on the specifics of each criteria.

Level of Difficulty

  • The complexity of the design is evaluated on it’s degree of expertise.
  • Is the art executed without any elaboration (simple) or is there more difficulty and expertise put into the making of the design.


  • The design should not be too busy or too sparse.
  • The art should look evenly balanced on each nail and from nail to nail.
  • There should not be large portions on the surface of the nail left without design.
  • The combination of artistic elements add a feeling of equilibrium or stability to the artwork


  • How the artwork is proportioned.
  • The design should have movement from each nail so that the eye is drawn from nail to nail.
  • The nails represent the artwork individually while also representing the artwork in its entirety
  • Different dimension within the artwork depending the placement of each piece as the completed scene.

Color Theory

  • Use of Color or chromatic analysis
  • How the color theory has been applied.
  • Emphasis helps to see the definition of artwork
  • The hues of colors chosen should complement the design and flow throughout or graduate through all nails/object.
  • Value has been applied, use of dark and light.


  • Creative use of art mediums.
  • There should be a creative collaboration of art mediums that are used.
  • It should be a creative interpretation of design

Clarity of Design

  • The design must be apparent and identifiable?
  • Is there intensity that enhances the clarity on each nail?
  • All of the artistic representation must be presented in a manner that is identifiable.

Total Impression

  • The first impression of the artwork in its entirety.
  • The artwork should attract your vision, compelling you to give more attention to the artworks detail.

Graphic Quality

  • The texture of the design is done perfectly to represent the style chosen.
  • Use of art mediums must used to create emphasisandtexture.
  • If there is line or details in the artwork, the space and shape must be well defined.


  • The ability to represent all of the artistic elements properly, with a clean appearance.
  • There should not be any visible imperfections in the construction of the artwork. For example; there should not be any visible imperfections in the construction of the artwork. For example; fingerprints into the paint, glue resin on embellishments. Excessive amount of gel. Dust that was not properly removed are all considered poor workmanship.


  • There must be a minimum of 3 art mediums used on every nail.
  • The mediums should used to represent harmony in a creative manner.
  • The mediums should be used for gradation to accent the artwork.
  • Each media will receive 1/3 of the score. If 4 or more mediums are used the score will be divided appropriately.


  • A principle of design concerned with diversity or contrast.
  • Variety is achieved by using different shapes, sizes, and or colors in a work of art.


  • A principle of design indicates movement was created by the careful placement of repeated elements in the work of art to cause a visual tempo or beat.


  • The theme or design should be something you have not seen before or an original interpretation of artwork that is commonly seen.

Continuity of Theme

  • The theme should be carried through the design in some manner on each nail.
  • The design should compliment and have continuance from nail to nail while representing the theme.

3D Presentation

  • There should be artistic form present on each nail.
  • The 3D form should be presented with clean application.
  • The 3D form should be created with unique style and
  • The form should have