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COMPETITION CORNER

TOP MODEL
To win a nail competition, a
flawless canvas is essential.
Here's what you need to know
about finding and keeping a
great hand model.

By Alexa Joy Sherman

Look closely. When searching for models, it's often best to
look within your circle of friends and family, since they will probably

be more reliable and willing to help, says McLawson. Iryna Gross,
winner of the 2016 Glossies grand prize and a champion competitor, agrees that pals are a good place to start and adds that fellow
nail techs are as well. "Friends are going to be willing to support
you, and other nail techs know that being a competition model is a
priceless experience-it's very educational, especially for those who
plan to compete in the future," she explains. "Even if the nail techs
you approach can't model for you, they may be able to refer you to
clients who are willing." Beyond your closest confidants, keep your
eyes open whenever you're out and about. "If I see someone with
great hands, I offer them my business card and a free manicure,"
says McLawson. Durham also solicits hand models on her social
media accounts, as well as asking clients and students if they would
be interested.
You be the judge. There are a lot of qualities to look for in a
great hand model (as noted previoulsy, patience is a virtue!), but a
lot of it obviously has to do with appearances-so really scrutinize
her hands, fingers and especially nails. First and foremost, champions and judges alike recommend seeking out long, narrow nail

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hen you think about entering a nail competition, you
probably spend a lot of time focusing on all of the technical skills that you'll need to master. But pros who've
taken top honors agree that all of the talent in the world won't result in a victory unless you're working with a winning pair of hands.
"To create a great set of nails, you need a great canvas," explains
Sukura McLawson, a nail artist and competitor who has also
participated in competitions as a hand model. Beyond possessing the perfect set of natural nails, an ideal model will also be your
partner in crime-someone who's patient enough to endure all of
that sitting and who exhibits a positive and supportive attitude that
enables you to truly bring your A-game. "If I have a great relationship with my model, that helps me to feel more calm and comfortable during competitions," notes 2016 NAILPRO Cup champion
Shiori Durham. So, where do you find these amazing individuals,
and how can you get them as invested in the outcome as you are?
Competitors who've been there offer the following insight.



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