Welcome to Nailympia Australia 2017 in association with Nailympia London, brought to you by Australia’s largest professional beauty event - Beauty Expo Australia.

Continuing on from our partnership with Nailympia London, organisers of the nail industry’s leading international global competition, we are proud to be bringing Nailympia Australia 2017 back to Beauty Expo and provide a worldwide platform for nail competitors.

This prestigious competition has been known to attract the very best in manicuring talent from across the globe and now nail technicians from across Australia have the opportunity to showcase their talent and shine a light on an awe inspiring industry.

A talented panel of experts will judge the competition, which will see winners receive coverage in international press along with a series of additional prize opportunities.


Entrant Registration closes 5.00pm Monday 7 August 2017
Entry extended until 5:00pm Friday 11th August!

2017 Categories


This year there are 10 categories to enter



Time: Duration of competition

This is scored by taking the 3 top results from three competitors on the team in each competition. Teams are created from 3-6 competitors all competing in the same division.

 For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.


Time: 30mins

This competition is done on natural nails only, ready for gel polish and must be enhanced and covered with any type of soak off gel product not traditional nail polish or hard gel. One hand has to be finished a solid red colour and the other finished in a traditional French manicure style. No design element is required, just a picture perfect flawless set of nails. 

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.

Liquid & Powder Acrylic SCULPTURE & Tips/Overlay

Time: 1hr 15mins each hand

This is two competitions in one sitting. You will be judged for Sculpture on the right hand and Tips/Overlay on the left hand. One hand competitors will be given 75 minutes to complete the hand and be positioned in one area together. Those doing both hands will be asked to stop after 75 minutes and have a 10 minute break before starting on the 2nd hand.

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.

SALON NAILS (one hand)

Time: 1hr 15mins to complete one hand

Show your skills as a salon nail professional by demonstrating everyday nails for the everyday client. Choose between one of these artificial systems (L&P acrylic, UV hard gel, fiberglass/silk) then shape, style and lengthen the nails accordingly. (NO DIP system or gel polish to be used.) Judges will compare the unenhanced hand to see how the service has improved the appearance of the model’s hands.

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.


Time: 2hrs to complete 1 hand

Nails are to be sculpted on forms Nails can be made using liquid & powder acrylic or hard gel systems. The application can be designed to the competitor’s desire and ability!

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Time: 45 mins to complete three nails

This competition is an open, freestyle competition allowing all competitors to work to their strengths in this commercial nail art competition and salon-style – high street nail art category! The judges will be looking for commercial salon nail art that would appeal to clients. 

  1. The first nail tip will reflect the nail styling for the 25 year old demographic.
  2. The 2nd must reflect the 25-45 year old demographic.
  3. The 3rd to reflect over 45 year old demographic. An image of the women you must style your nails for will be given to you at the competition.

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.


Time: 1hr

Want to express your love for all things fantasy? This is your time to shine! You must create 10 separate tips to adhere to the 10 nails during the competition.  

Three dimensional, pre-cast embellishments, feathers, decals, gems, accessories, ornaments or any form of fantasy is allowed! All application of the design components must be done during the hour provided.   Complete your work with no more than 50 words on a small card (to be placed at the model’s feet during judging) outlining your theme and nail art media used. Explain what techniques, products and materials have been used for the creation. 

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page. 

3D (Mixed Media)

This competition is a ‘show & tell’ format

Nails to be designed on varying sized nail tips and placed in a display case (no lid or cover required) in the arena. Competitors must use three of these five nail art media: airbrushing, embellishments (rhinestones, striping tape etc), liquid and powder acrylic, gel, hand painting, one stroke.

Judges need to see five different nail sized tips over 10 tips. A maximum of two entries per competitor is allowed and each entry will incur a fee. All entries must be submitted by registration at 8am on Saturday 26th August 2017 and left at the competition until the afternoon of Sunday 27th August 2017.  

For full terms & conditions please see the bottom of the page.

PHOTOGRAPIC NAIL ART 2017 THEME:  Medieval Fantasy

Your entry must be in portrait form only as it will be judged as a front cover for a Magazine

All entries must be mailed to: Nailympia Australia 2017, Locked Bag 7777, Chatswood DC NSW 2067 by 5:00pm Friday the 11th August 2017. All entries must be left at the competition until the afternoon of Sunday 27th August 2017 before the awards presentation.  

All entries must be new to the Nailympia Australia Arena and can only be entered one time at this competition. Pictures will be taken and available to the judges for past reference. No repeat entries from prior years are allowed. It is the “whole picture” that will be judged, not just the work on the nails. Points will be awarded for the nail design theme and overall “wow” factor. The style, background and theme of the picture will also be judged.   Nail art designs can include hand painting, encapsulation and 3D designs. Photograph: Must be an original photograph that has not been previously published or displayed in public.

For your convenience our external partner Kwik Kopy are offering competitiors a new service to ensure photos are printed
and mounted to the competition required specifications and to also make it a little easier for you!
Please contact Julie Moya at mail@kwikkopychatswood.com.au or call 02 9419 0700 if you wish to use this service.

Download the full Nailympia brochure here


Note: Any “Photographs” not collected at the conclusion of the competition will not be returned

Contact Us

Creative Enquiries

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Administrative Enquires

Philippa Shepherd | Content Coordinator
E: philippa.shepherd@reedexpo.com.au
P: 02 9422 2504

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Saturday 26 August 2017 10am - 5pm
Sunday 27 August 2017 9am - 5pm

International Convention Centre Sydney
(ICC Sydney)
Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000 

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