How It Works

How It Works

It’s not as scary as it sounds. Actually, many veteran competitors will tell you they’re hooked and can’t wait until their next competition. It’s all about the excitement, energy and even if you don’t win, learning from what you see going on around you. The new skills will only help you impress your clients back at work and - in the long run - help you make more money!

What do you need?

All the tools and materials for the nails you’re thinking of making.
A hand model. This means a real human. Preferably someone with nice nails to make it easier for you to do your work.


How does the Canada Nail Competition Work?


Register on our website. We’re a volunteer organization, and it may take us a day or two to respond, but we’re usually pretty quick.
We’ll send you a PayPal invoice. We can also take a credit card over the phone. Currently, these are the only two ways of pre-registration payment.
Once payment is confirmed, we’ll send you an official registration form with a few more detailed questions for you to answer to complete your profile.



Arrive about 15-20 minutes before your first event to check-in. Bring your hand model. You will both be assigned the same “competitor number” and a number sticker will be placed on your model’s hand(s).  When your work is finished, the judges don’t use names when judging, only anonymous numbers. This is to make sure judging is absolutely fair.


Find a spot and setup your work station. There will be staff around to help answer questions and guide you to power plugs, etc




Follow the MC instructions for starting and stopping. Follow the rules for your category and make your nails! There’s a large countdown timer at the front stage so yo know how much time remains.


Your model will move to the judging area in a separate room. You are not permitted to follow. During this time, you can pack-up or reset your work station if you are competing in next scheduled category.


All winners are announced together at the end of the day during our awards ceremony so even if you only compete in one category, plan on being around for the awards ceremony later in the day.