Calling All Nail Artists: Win a Cash Prize and a Trip to London in World’s Star Nail Artist Competition


Applications are now open for World’s Star Nail Artist, a brand new online nail art competition powered by Scratch Magazine and CND. For nail professionals who want to show off their skills and get their artwork in front of the biggest names in the industry, this is your time to shine!

Timelines & Challenges

To enter, you’ll need photos of past nail work, a headshot, a video explaining why you’re entering, and a nail art sample of a galaxy design. All questions can be directed to Applications close February 28.

A preliminary round will be held in April to determine the Top 10-12 competitors. Those top artists will then compete in sponsored challenges from May to June, with a new challenge given every other week. Each week a winner will be named and celebrated on social media. 

Eliminated contestants will also receive a chance to stay in the game by competing in a Wild Card Challenge. These challenges also run every other week, with a winner being named at the end of each challenge. 

The last two remaining Wild Card contestants and the last two contestants from the regular challenge pool will compete in one final round in July, determining who will travel to London for the finale on July 23.

Who Should Enter

Nail Professionals from anywhere in the world who have been licensed for a year or more are eligible to enter. Because the competition is seeking out fresh talent, artists who are currently employed by a nail manufacturer or professional brand are not eligible to participate. Contestants should be prepared to show off a versatility of technique and have access to enough professional products to execute designs for each challenge. Digital skills will also be tested, so creating a YouTube video that shows off personality and technique will need to be uploaded each week of the contest. 


A panel of judges will review submissions. Judging will be done by top industry talent including nail champions, magazine editors, company founders, and industry leaders.


The winner of each week will be profiled on Scratch Magazine’s social media pages and website. Weekly winners may also receive prize packages from participating sponsors. The Top 3 contestants will receive tickets to the Scratch Star Awards in London along with money towards travel and accommodation. Each of the Top 3 will receive an additional cash prize. The winner of World’s Star Nail Artist will get a trophy, column, and the cover of Scratch Magazine!


World’s Star Nail Artist is all about uniting the global industry. Not only will sponsors, judges, and competitors come together to celebrate top talent, but funds will also be raised to support two initiatives: Beauty Changes Lives and Hair & Beauty Charity

Apply today to World’s Star Nail Artist by entering here. Best of luck to all who enter!

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Beth Livesay

With more than 12 years of publishing experience, Beth Livesay is an expert in the beauty and fashion industry. Beth is Sr. Manager of Education Content, American Crew + CND. She has also served as the Director of Brand Content Strategy at and has overseen Nail Art Gallery Magazine, Salon Fanatic, NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, and NTNA All Stars. . Follow her on Instagram @shmeth!


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