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At a competition, the judges only see a model's hands. Models are
seated on one side of a black curtain (left). They then place their hands
on the opposite side of the curtain (right) to be judged. This allows the
judges to focus on the nails-and not who they belong to.

Pamper their pointers. Even when you've found a
model with beautiful nails and fingers, you must make sure
that they keep them in pristine condition. "It's important for
models to use cuticle oil every day, several times a day," says
Gross. That's why Durham always provides plenty of cuticle
oil, as well as hand cream, to her models. McLawson says
that when he worked as a model, he would also exfoliate his
hands regularly for several weeks leading up to the competition. "I have my models do this as well, and I recommend
giving them dust-free gloves to keep their hands clean and
protected right before the competition," he notes.
During practice sessions, if working on the person who
will be your competition model (which is always ideal, since
you want to be as familiar with their nails as possible), you
should also take steps to protect their tips. "I don't use
primer and I don't do sanding on nails when I practice," says
Durham. Gross also uses protection film on the nails so the
enhancements are easy to remove after practice.
Commit them. Although most competitors rely solely
on a verbal agreement, it wouldn't hurt to put something in
writing. "I like to have a written agreement that goes over
hand care and schedules for practices," says McLawson. If

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you're lucky enough to find more than one person with great
hands, having a backup model isn't a bad idea either.
When competition day arrives, be sure that you've
given them a sense of what to expect. "I coach my model
and provide a timeline so she knows where I should be, at
what time," says McLawson. "Then, my model helps to set
my pace. That teamwork helps to keep her invested. My
model is also my eyes, so if I misplace something my model
helps me find it." Ask for your model's feedback on your
work, too, suggests Durham. "Even if your model is not a
professional nail tech, she still knows what is beautiful on
her hand," Durham explains. "Asking for her opinion makes
her part of the team and gets her as interested in winning as
you are."
Show them the money. Finally, you want to make the
experience worth your model's while, and that often means
offering some sort of compensation above and beyond a
gorgeous set of nails. "The compensation for models varies
depending on the circumstances," says Gross. "For example,
if the model is a nail tech who wants to learn improved nail
techniques and about competition, I may just cover her travel
costs. But if she is simply there to model, I am more likely to
cover additional costs and provide some form of compensation for her services." In addition to covering travel and
hotel expenses, Durham typically pays her models $100 per
competition. "If I win and the model came to practice many
times, I also give her half of the prize money," she says.
Now that is a surefire way to get your model invested in the
process-and, hopefully, to ensure that you both walk away
with a victory.
Alexa Joy Sherman is a freelance writer and editor in Los Angeles.

PHOTO: ARMANDO SANCHEZ

beds. "I prefer the nail beds to be between 1.5 centimeters and 2 centimeters from the cuticle to the distal edge
of the nail plate," says McLawson, who adds that natural
C-curves can be helpful as well, since it's difficult to pinch
the C-curves if you're sculpting on very flat nails. "Long
fingers are also a plus, as the final set of nails will look nicer,
and it's important for the hands to have small, not deep,
lateral folds, as it's easier to work on such nails when time is
limited," says Gross.



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