Professional Beauty announces International Nail Competition winners

Professional Beauty London at Excel welcomed the finest in nail technical talent this weekend at the International Nail Competition.

On Sunday, 26 awards were handed out to some of the world’s top technicians after a day of stiff competition testing all manner of skills and artistry.

Entrants were able to showcase their classic technical craft in categories such as Spa Manicure, Pink and White Style and Permanent Polish, while categories of Showcase Nail Art and Photographic Nail Art allowed artists to demonstrate their creativity under the theme of “Black and White Movies”. 

For the most coveted awards of the day – the awards for International Nail Master, International Nail Art Master and International Manicurist of the Year – entrants needed to demonstrate their superlative talents in a range of categories. 

The award winners were decided by a panel of experienced industry judges, with the public able to vote for their favourite entrants in the photographic categories via the Professional Beauty website.

The competition was organised by competition director Denise Wright.

The full list of winners:

Spa Manicure

First – Caroline Carrick

Second – Emma Bagnall

Third – Jekaterina Klutchnikova


Salon Nail

First – Hannah Adams

Second – Catriona Elliot

Third – Emma Jayne Fryatt


Pink and White Competition Style

First – Frank Schaberle

Second – Julija Barisnikova

Third – Elizabeth Smith and Louise Huggard


Permanent Polish

First – Caroline Carrick

Second – Emma Bagnall

Third – Roxanne Cambell


Showcase Nail Art

First – Megumi Mizuno

Second – Magdalena Smorga

Third – Louise Carraway


Photographic Classic

First – Samantha Grant (winning image pictured)

Second – Emma Bagnall

Third – Anna Banko

Voters’ Choice – Louise Huggard


Photographic Nail Art

First – Amy Allen

Second – Samantha Grant

Third – Claire Fagan

Voters’ Choice – Jamie McConnell


International Nail Master

Winner – Julija Barisnikova


International Nail Art Master

Winner ­– Lina Nyberg 


International Manicurist of the Year

Winner – Caroline Carrick