“French Sculptured Gel ” Criteria

 

Convex

  • The exterior contour of the nail form should be completely symmetric
  • The surface of the nail should have no inconsistencies or appear to be uneven on the outer surface.
  • The judge will examine the nail by looking at the nail head on and check zone 3 and from the back side perspective check zone 2
  • The convex or surface of the nail should contour symmetrically throughout the entire nail until it reaches zone 1. See example for nail zones

Concave

  • The interior contour or tunnel of the free edge must be completely symmetrical and concentric
  • The nail’s concave should have the appearance of the inside of a tunnel throughout the entire free edge that is apparent to the eye or until the c-curve stick touches the finger’s tip from the underside.
  • The Concave should represent symmetry and be concentric.

Arch and Apex

  • The high point (apex) of the arch should not appear overly apparent.
  • It should have a subtle and gradual incline that is located consistently in the second zone of each nail. See example of zone 2
  • The entire arch including the apex, should be not be overly apparent or appear too flat.
  • The arch should not be located too far forward or back when looking at the entire nail from a profile perspective.

Form Fit

  • The nails extension should be free of any notches or gaps on the lateral side folds where the free edge extension begins.
  • The notches are created during the application process and can’t be created with a file

Free Edge Thickness

  • The nail must be consistently thin throughout the nails free edge and measure the same on the sidewalls and center.
  • The free edge should not be any thicker than 1,5 mm until it reaches the top of the finger tip from the underside of the nail.
  • The nail can earn a ? point for each of these two criteria that are required.
  • See example of measuring tools used to measure the thickness

Sidewalls

  • The Free edge must extend straight out from the lateral folds.
  • The nail should not flare out or taper in when looking at the hand from a front perspective.
  • The nail should be uniform on each side.
  • There should not be any ridges on the free edge extension.
  • The sides of the free edges should feel smooth and appear to be filed clean.

Lateral Side Extension

  • To find the lateral side extension you must look at the extension from the nails profile
  • The free edge must extend straight out from the natural nails lateral fold.
  • The nail should not drop down or appear to be tapered upward from the profile perspective.
  • The nail should appear to have symmetry so the side extensions are consistently located.
  • There should be no exposure of the natural nail’s lateral fold.

C-Curve

 Division 1:

  • The C-Curves must be a minimum 30% of a circle and no more than 50% to earn a ? point
  • Each c-curve should appear concentric to earn a ? point

Division 2:

  • The C-Curves must be a minimum 30% and maximum 50% of a circle.
  • Each c-curve should appear concentric.
  • Both of these criteria are required to earn a ? point for each nail. If a nail does not have symmetry and the proper degree of c-curve in will not earn ? point
  • To earn the second possible .5 point for each nail, each side edge of the c-curve must measure evenly on each side and appear completely symmetrical.
  • To earn 1 point, the nail will have the first two criteria for ? point and will have matching edges to earn ? points, to make a total earned of 1 point.

Division 3:

  • The C-Curves must be a minimum 30% and maximum 50% of a circle.
  • Each c-curve should appear concentric.
  • Both of these criteria are required to earn a ? point for each nail. If a nail does not have symmetry and the proper degree of c-curve in will not earn a ? point
  • To earn the second possible ? point for each nail, each side edge of the c-curve must measure evenly on each side and appear completely symmetrical. AND must look consistent in shape to its match finger. IF BOTH OF THESE CRITERIA ARE NOT PRESENT BOTH NAILS DO NOT EARN A ? POINT

Nail Shape

  • The shape of the nails must look consistent and uniform
  • The Free edge must look straight as it extends from the nail plate.
  • It should not look as if the nail was applied crooked or that the nail is off in a tilted direction.
  • The extension should be applied true to the natural nail.
  • The nail should be straight to the nail. Not straight to the finger.
  • The hand will be turned around so the nail is examined from the front perspective.
  • If the nail has been applied properly and the shape appears to look straight the nails earns a ? point.

Surface Smoothness

  • The nail should not have any file lines of demarcations on the surface.
  • The finished product application should look and feel smooth.
  • All production application should be filed and buffed completely smooth
  • If there is only a small and extremely hard to see line of demarcation on the surface of the nail that can’t be felt, it is possible to earn a ? point.

Length

  • Points are given for two different criteria.
  • The first point is earned with each nail being measured individually and then scored.
  • The nail is measured from the Cuticle to center of the smile-line to match the length of the top of the Free edge to the tips of the smile-line.
  • If the smile points are not matching from side to side and one tip appears to be higher, measuring the length is considered to the higher (longest) smile tip.
  • The second point is earned with both hands being measured together. The nails must also match hand to hand from cuticle to free edge to earn 1 point for matching fingers.

High Shine Finish

  • The unpolished hand should have a high gloss shine that has a glass finish appearance throughout the entire surface of the nail.
  • The shine should have a reflective appearance to earn a ? point
  • The sides, edges and cuticle area must be considered to earn a ? point.
  • Lines of demarcation are NOT considered as long as the shine is apparent.

Product Control

  • The application of the product should look evenly applied with a sharp division of color at the smile-line.
  • There should not be apparent pink hue or shadow pulled over the white acrylic.
  • The White acrylic should have a solid appearance throughout the entire nail.
  • There should not be any shadows or transparencies in the white acrylic.
  • There must not be any air bubbles and or pitting in the product.
  • 1/2 point is earned for the white application and a ? point is earned for the pink application.

 Red  Application

  • Two coats of products should be applied
  •  should be applied close, consistently even at the cuticle.
  • The application should not appear to be streaking in polish.
  • The first two criteria are required to earn a ? point
  • There must not be any red color on skin or back side of nails.
  • All edges surrounding the free edge must be completely polished.
  • If the nail has a minimum of 2 of the 3 criteria the nail can earn additional ? a point

Cuticle Area

  • The cuticle area and surrounding skin on the nail folds must not have any new and apparent cuts or irritation around the entire nail.
  • There should not be any apparent ledge of product that can be felt or seen near the proximal folds.
  • The application of product must be apparent and cover the entire cuticle area near the proximal fold without leaving a large margin between the cuticle line near the proximal fold.
  • The product must not be overly filed and must be apparent.
  • Each nail must have all criteria to earn 1 point and 2 of the criteria to earn a ? point.

Underside

  • There should no visible dust, debris, water, glue or excessive oil on the back of the nail.
  • The nail will earn a ? point for the nail to have a clean appearance
  • The product application must appear smooth behind the nail with no excess product to earn a ? point for each nail.
  • Please note: If polish is present of on the underside of the nail’s free edge the point deduction will be given by the judge for the polish criteria.

Smileline

Division 1:Total possible points per nail: 1

  • The smile-line must be symmetrical and have a sharp division on all exposed nails to earn a ? pointfor each nail.
  • The consistency of the smile line shapewill be determined by the majority of the nails that appear to have the most similar shape.

If the smile line appears uniform with the other nails itwill earns ?  point

Division 2: Total possible points per nail: 2

  • The smile-line must be symmetrical and have a sharp division on all exposed nails
  • The consistency of the smile line shapewill be determined by the majority of the nails that appear to have the most similar shape.

The smile linesthat appear uniform with the other nails is correct.

  • Each nail will earn 1 point when the smile line appears to have the first two criteria listed above.
  • Each nail will earn 1 point for the 3rd criteria listed below.
  • The Smile line should be evenly aligned and centered

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Division 3:Total possible points per nail: 3

  • The smile-line must be symmetrical and have a sharp division on all exposed nails
  • The consistency of the smile line shape will be determined by the majority of the nails that appear to have the most similar shape.

The smile lines that appear uniform with the other nails is correct.

  • Each nail will earn 1 point when the smile line appears to have the first two criteria listed above.
  • Each nail will earn 1 point for the 3rd criteria listed below.
  • The Smile line should be evenly aligned and centered
  • Each nail with an exposed smile line will earn 1 point for the 4th criteria listed below.
  • The application of the smile line should be evenly applied so that the tips of the smile-line are parallel and match perfectly.