UK Nail Tech 2018 returns on Sunday 20th & Monday 21st May as part of the annual Beauty UK show, taking place at the NEC Birmingham. The competition looks to recognise the talent of nail technicians currently working in the UK. 

Once again, the competition has been devised by Competition Director, Denise Wright, and organised by Guild Press Ltd., publishers of Guild News magazine and organisers of the Beauty UK exhibition. 

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.

This year, UK Nail Tech will comprise 15 categories, with the addition of NEW Dipping Systems and Designer Disc. We now have 11 categories for professional nail techs and 4 for students, along with the overall UK Nail Tech awards. 


NEW Designer Disc

NEW Top Tech Dipping Systems

Top Tech Competition Nails

Salon Nail Challenge

Top Tech Stiletto

Top Tech Permanent Polish

Freestyle Nail Art Challenge

Student Tech Tip & Overlay Challenge

Student Tech Permanent Polish

Top Tech Photographic Nail Art - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

Top Tech Photographic Classic Nail  - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

Top Tech Boxed Mixed Media Nail Art  - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

Top Tech Boxed Hand Painted Nail Art  - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

Student Tech Snapshot Challenge  - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

Student Tech Boxed Nail Art  - 'Last Night of the Proms' Theme

UK Nail Tech 2018

UK Student Nail Tech 2018


UK Nail Tech Application Form

Student Tech Application Form

Competitor Pack (includes Rules & Regulations)
Step by Step Template (for Photographic & Boxed competitions)

Top Techs: £35 per category before Friday 4th May, £50 per category on the day
Register in advance for more than one category and receive £5 per subsequent category, e.g. £65 for two categories, £95 for three categories etc. 

Student Techs: £20 per category before Friday 4th May, no entries are accepted after this date for student competitions

Entry is in agreement with all rules and regulations. 

Supported by:

Britain's Premier Beauty Show Returns

Supported by:

Guild News

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 including the ABT Seminar Programme, Hair UK Style Stage and the Holistic Health Demo Stage.

Join us at Beauty UK 2018 by registering for your free tickets either online or by calling the Ticket Hotline (24/7) on 01332 227 698.

Opening Times:

Sunday 20th May 10:00am - 5:30pm

Monday 21st May 10:00am - 5:00pm


Halls 17, 18 & 19, 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.