General Rules

  • Only competitors and their models may enter the competition arena. Interpreters are allowed but must be authorised by the organisers. Any other person entering the arena must obtain permission from the organiser or floor judges - this includes all media.
  • Competitors will be allowed to set up their tools and products BEFORE the competition briefing. All kit boxes and bags (other than personal handbags to be placed under the chair) will be moved to the back wall of the arena. They will not be left at the nail desk. No bags or cases to be blocking the aisle – it must be clear for floor judges. Deductions will be made if cases are seen in the wrong place. If there are drawers in the nail desks, products and tools can be stored inside them.
  • Electric extension leads must only be used from the socket provided for the desk. They must not be used at another desk (unless approved by on site electricians and not a health & safety risk).
  • Each desk has 1 electric socket. It is the responsibility of the competitor to have plug adaptors and extension leads for more appliances. If a floor judge is unsure of the safety of plug adaptors, extension leads or electrical appliances they will need to call the onsite electricians, which could cause a delay in that competitor starting the competition.
  • All local health & safety rules must be followed.
  • Fan heaters or other local heating appliances may not be allowed.
  • No lighters or matches to be allowed. No naked flame to heat up tips etc. This is a fire risk.
  • A full set (2 hands), unless otherwise stated, must be completed and all work must be finished in the time allotted for the competition.
  • Each competition will have a briefing, scheduled 15-minutes prior to the start of each event.
  • Competitors must be present for the briefing and remain at their desks until the conclusion of the competition. Models may be asked to leave the floor during the briefing.
  • Once the briefing starts, the competitor may not touch the model’s nails until the competition begins. If any competitor touches their model’s nails once the briefing has begun, they will have 5-points deducted from their final score.
  • Model’s nails will be checked by floor judges during the briefing to be certain no work has been done previously.
  • Tables will be checked – All products on the desk must be correctly labelled. All nail products must be in their original packaging. The only exceptions to this are solvents or alcohols that have been decanted into pumps and must be correctly labelled. e.g. acetone, IPA. All products used must be legal and cosmetically approved for use on the nails.
  • Tip boxes and forms will be checked to make sure no pre-sizing, tailoring, or blending has been undertaken. Tip boxes (where appropriate) must be a box of at least 100 tips of various sizes arranged in sizes. Tips must be used straight from the box without any pre-tailoring. Only clear or natural are allowed not white. If the floor judges suspect any pre-tailoring or pre-sizing, a decision will be made by the head floor judge for the category plus one other judge and result in a 20-point deduction for the first infringement and disqualification for the second infringement in any subsequent category. This is in association with the rules on forms. That is, a first infringement may be when using tips. A second infringement may be associated with forms.
  • For sculpture a roll of ONLY & EXACT 25 forms per comp. There must be no pre-tailoring. Floor judges will be closely inspecting every form. Free edge support, which is manufactured within the form, is allowed, but not if manually added before the competition. If the floor judges suspect any pre-tailoring, a decision will be made by the head floor judge for the category plus one other judge and will result in a 20-point deduction for the first infringement and disqualification for the second infringement in any subsequent category. This is in association with tips. That is, a first infringement may be when using forms. A second infringement may be when using tips.
  • If it’s decided by the judges that prep work has been done on the model prior to the briefing, the competitor will receive a 5-point deduction from their final score.
  • Once the allotted time is up, competitors must stop work immediately: all competitors must leave the competition arena until all models have left the area to be judged. (This will take some time, so it’s advised that competitors take their handbags with them.) Competitors will be allowed back in the arena as soon as possible to clear desks or for enhancement removal, if it does not affect the course of the next competition.
  • Any competitor found to still be working on their model after the close of the competition will be disqualified by a floor judge.
  • Competitors are responsible for making sure their model understands the judging procedure and directing them to visit each judge before leaving. (There can be up to 9 judges behind the curtain.)
  • Models must not leave the arena until they have been judged/seen by ALL judges. Any model leaving the judging arena prior to being judged will be disqualified.
  • Floor judges have the right to remove, disqualify or award point deductions to any competitor seen to be breaking the rules.
  • As this is an international competition – the organiser appreciates things happen that we have no control over. This means the organiser will accept a late competitor (already registered & expected) up to 10-minutes into the competition. New registrations that show up on the day of the competition will not be able to enter in London and Germany – as it is a computerized system that is locked before the event. You MUST register up to 2-weeks before. USA and Australia may allow late entries.
  • Please download score sheets from the Nailympia website so you can see exactly where points are awarded.
  • Competitors must not share products during the competition without approval from a floor judge.
  • Kit bags must be stored away from the desks and may not be accessed without approval from the floor judges. The drawers in the desks are for storage only and not for use during the competition. All products and tools for the category must be placed on the desk. Any products that are not allowed for use in the category found on the desk will be confiscated. A repeat of this infringement may result in point deductions of between 5-20-points.
  • Competitors can use mobile phones and tablets to time the competition and utilise social media during the event. Mobile photos MUST NOT be used for inspiration for the any comp – you must use your creativity, imagination, and skill on the day.
  • Please use hashtags #nailympia / #nailympiacompetitions #nailympiagermany #sninailympia
  • Any competitor not abiding by these rules will take whatever point deduction is offered by the floor judges. For those rules not specifying a point deduction, there will be one warning, thereafter it will be a 5-point deduction for the next warning and disqualification for the third infringement.
  • Judges’ decisions are final. Score sheets will be given out at locations after the awards ceremony where the scoring is done on paper; score sheets will be sent via email after the event.
  • For draws or ties in scores, a winner is awarded by the score of Judge 1, if this also ties, then Judge 2’s scores are taken into account, and so forth.
  • Be kind to your model. It’s a long day for them. Make sure they take a bathroom break before the competition. Keep your model fed and well hydrated throughout the competition day. Your model is welcome to time your progress on his/her mobile phone or tablet.
  • During the competition and judging by the judges, a model may only use the toilet if accompanied by a floor judge. All entries will be disqualified.
  • PAYMENT: Full payment is taken at the point of registration and all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event that you cannot compete, you must notify us in writing at
  • If Nailympia Germany 2023 is postponed due to the Covid situation, the amount will not be refunded. The place remains reserved for the new date.


Important information on image and video material, exclusion from participation and Covid rules.

  • Show up on time for registration!
  • Registered participants who do not register by the deadline will be excluded and can no longer participate. In this case, the participation fee will not be refunded.
  • Be sure to adhere to the specified times for preparing the workplace and cleaning after the competition time has ended. The workplace must be left clean and disinfected. Participants who do not appear in time to set up the workplace are disqualified. The same applies if the model does not show up on time or you cannot participate due to missing or defective work materials. In this case, the participation fee will not be refunded. 
  • During the entire BEAUTY trade fair, and thus also during the competition times, photos and videos will be taken. By booking your participation, you expressly agree that all image and video material (which shows you and / or your model) will be used for print and / or online media. Legal steps are therefore completely excluded by BEAUTY, SNI and Nailympia.
  • You also agree to the use of your name, which will appear when you are a winner in various media (print and / or online on various platforms).
  • Of course, we will be happy to give you your score sheet after the award ceremony. Please speak to a floor judge about this.
  • HERE you will find all information about the current hygiene/Covid regulations of BEAUTY Düsseldorf. 


Nailympia, SNI or BEAUTY Düsseldorf are not responsible for any competitor not adhering to or understanding the rules.



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