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French Jazz

French manicure

Theme: In any 2 colours of your choice!

Contestants must re-invent the traditional French manicure using nail art techniques and use any 2 colours of their choice. Finished work must have ONLY 2 VISIBLE COLOURS. No external embellishments are allowed.

The work must be done on a model's natural nails or on previously done extensions. The length of the nails should be in a 2:1 ratio (nail tips must be half the size of the nail bed).

The design must be based on a specific concept chosen by the contestant. The contestant must be able to present the concept to the judges.

Duration: 60 minutes
To be done: Both hands

Nailathon 2016 2nd Winner

Category:French Jazz
Duration: 60minutes
To be done: Both hands


  • This competition is done on natural nails only.
  • The nail design must stay within the French Manicure format with minimum deviation.
  • Nail Art must be a part of the design but the overall effect should have the sensibility of a French manicure
  • Participants can only use a maximum of 2 colors to create their nail art and only two colors should be visible on completion.
  • Embellishments may not be used.
  • Products containing glitter and/or any other color are not allowed.
  • Extensions of any kind are not allowed.
  • All smile lines must be done with a brush by hand. No products or templates may be used to assist in making the smile lines
  • Contestants must carry a print out of their concept explaining their inspiration for the nail art. Failure to do so will lead to a deduction in the points.


  • Model’s natural nails must be approximately 2:1 ratio from nail bed to nail tip.
  • The model must come with prepared hands with only the nails left to be manicured.
  • No procedures can be done on the nails before the competition.


  • Water and soap may be used in finishing.
  • No cleaning whatsoever should take place after the competition is over. Any contestant seen cleaning the nails/hands after the time period will be immediately disqualified.
  • Products like cream, oils and lotions may be used but use of excessive oil may lead to point deductions.
  • No consideration will be given for any pre-existing damage to a model’s natural nails, cuticles, or hands.