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After six seasons of NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, OPI has partnered with NAILS to launch the ultimate NTNA spin-off. NAILS and OPI are welcoming back 10 of the previous NTNA finalists from the past six seasons to compete once again for the supreme title in the nail industry. The Top 10 OPI NTNA All Stars have not won their previous seasons. Contestants had to apply for a spot in the Top 10 and were hand-picked by NAILS and OPI to return to the competition.

Beginning January 6, 2020, the Top 10 will face off in four back-to-back weekly challenges inspired by OPI that show off their wide range of artistic abilities. In addition to creating their nail art masterpieces, the competitors will be shooting video demos and sharing their entries via social media (#OPINTNA). Each Friday, TWO contestants will be eliminated. There is no Last Chance Design Lab competition in All Stars. Every Monday we’ll post the next challenge on our site. The judges — AND YOU — will have three days to vote for your favorite contestants. Make sure your OPI NTNA All Star doesn’t get eliminated. Vote and spread the word!

The final two left standing will win a trip to an OPI event in Los Angeles where the winner will be announced. The winner of OPI NTNA All Stars will walk home with a trophy, $5,000 cash, and the opportunity to work with OPI as a BEA mentor.

About OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting, and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers.

Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and offers a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools and acrylics. OPI places a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility by raising funds and awareness for numerous charities through retail partnerships and grassroots philanthropic initiatives.

Head Judge: Beth Livesay, NAILS Magazine (@nailsmagazine)

Executive editor Beth Livesay has worked in art-related publishing for 12 years, with experience in both newsstand and B2B magazines. Her work as an editor has been acknowledged by The Los Angeles TimesThe Globe and MailThe Storque (the official blog of Etsy), Hello Giggles, and The Huffington Post. Her daily life is consumed by nail art, as she oversees NAILS print publication, www.nailsmag.com, and social media for NAILS Magazine. She won the MAGGIE Award for Best Use of Social Media in trade and consumer publishing in 2016. In addition to NTNA, she has served as a judge for NAHA, the Contessa Awards, and NAILS in-house contests.

Head Judge: Darlene Sritapan, OPI (@nailsbydarlingdarlene)

Darlene Sritapan is OPI’s North America education and capability manager and licensed nail technician in Los Angeles. With more than half a decade of experience behind the chair, Sritapan has a passion for sculpting and shaping nail enhancements. Today she leads international and domestic train the trainers where she teaches nail techs the latest OPI protocols and service innovation.

Head Judge: Sigourney Nunez, OPI (@nailartbysig)

Sigourney Nuñez is OPI’s North America education manager and a licensed nail technician in Los Angeles. An award-winning multimedia journalist, Nuñez was formerly NAILS Magazine’s digital editor. When Nuñez is not posting about the latest techniques and trends on her Instagram @nailartbysig, she is helping clients with nail care.  

Mentor: Lavette Cephus, NTNA Season 2 champion (@beaute_asylum)

Lavette Cephus is a young mother of two beautiful daughters. Lavette enjoys fashion, traveling, drawing, and teaching. She was caught by surprise in becoming a beauty professional, but loves and enjoys every part of the beauty industry. This talented mother has been a nail technician since October 2007 and an esthetician since March of 2012.

In January 2015, she was named Season 2 champion of NAILS NEXT TOP NAIL ARTIST. After winning this global nail art competition, she has gone on to do editorial work for NAILS Magazine, Beauty Link Magazine, and Essence. As a guest artist at New York Fashion Week, Lavette has designed nails for The Blonds and Libertine. She shared the stage with nail artist Heather Reynosa and Ashley Craig as the first NEXTGEN Nail Artist of Beauty Changes Lives. She has even done the nails of Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms. 

Lavette has traveled across the U.S. to master her craft, network, and stay up on the latest and newest trends that the fast past beauty industry has to offer. She has a true passion for nails and skin. She plans to open a few Beautè Asylum Salon chains and become a renowned beauty industry mentor/educator.

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