UK Nail Tech invites students and professionals to showcase their talents in front of industry leading judges to be crowned UK Nail Tech 2020 or UK Student Nail Tech 2020!

The competition will once again take place during Beauty UK on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May at the NEC, Birmingham, and looks to recognise the talent of nail technicians currently working or studying in the UK.

For 2020, there will be 13 categories in total; 9 for professionals and 4 for students. Please see below for the full list of categories. Plus, we are pleased to announce that the new theme will be Technology!

Taking part in a competition is a great way to build your confidence and have your work critiqued by some of the leading names in UK nails.

Pro Competition Categories:

Top Tech Competition Nails

Top Tech Stiletto

Top Tech Permanent Polish

Salon Nail Challenge

Freestyle Nail Art Challenge

Top Tech Photographic Classic – Technology Theme

Top Tech Photographic Nail Art – Technology Theme

Top Tech Boxed Nail Art – Mixed Media – Technology Theme

Top Tech Boxed Nail Art – Hand Painted Techniques – Technology Theme

Student Competition Categories:

Student Tech Tip & Overlay Challenge

Student Tech Permanent Polish

Student Snap Shot Challenge – Technology Theme

Student Boxed Nail Art – Technology Theme


If you have any questions regarding the rules or categories, please contact Competition Director, Denise Wright on 07960095951 / 01474 707077 or email

Britain's Premier Beauty Show Returns

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Every year, Birmingham welcomes thousands of beauty professionals to Beauty UK, held at the NEC in May - in fact, Beauty UK is the largest beauty trade show outside of London. With four shows under one roof, visitors not only have the opportunity to see the latest Spring / Summer launches in beauty, nails, tanning, hair and complementary therapies, but also enjoy free educational experiences.

Join us at Beauty UK 2020 by registering for your free tickets either online or by calling the Ticket Hotline (24/7) on 01332 227 698.

Opening Times:

Sunday 3rd May 2020: 10:00am - 17:30pm

Monday 4th May 2020: 10:00am - 16:30pm


Halls 11 & 12, The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT

Event Admission Policy:

Entrance to Beauty UK is strictly trade only. Free entry is available to visitors who register before the show, and who bring their free tickets with them. Entrance on the day is priced at £20 per person / £10 per student. There is a strict policy that babies and children under the age of 14 years will be refused admission - no prams or pushchairs are allowed. Please note there are no crèche facilities available onsite. The event organiser reserves the right to refuse admission. For more information please call 01332 227 698.