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Student nail designs to dazzle in annual competition

12 June 2015
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Anita Banfi's impressive entry in the 2014 competition: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Gloucestershire College’s Gloucester Campus will play host to a creative nail competition on Tuesday 16 June, which will see its Level 3 Nail Services students create fantasy designs live in front of an audience.

The 12 talented students will be competing for a first prize bundle of professional nail products, donated by Graftons Beauty, which will help them continue on their paths to successful careers in the nail industry.

The competition will form part of the students’ end of year assessments and guest judges include EZflow Nail Systems’ International Master Artist Educator, Rebecca Orme, and Educator Michael Blackham, who are both well versed in judging national and international nail competitions.

Last year’s standard was fantastic, with one Nail Services student, 28-year-old Anita Banfi from Gloucester, going on to win a national competition to design a look for the front page of leading international nail magazine, Scratch. Anita has also made it through to compete in the regional heats of the Advanced Nail Art WorldSkills UK competition this July.

Alongside the competition, there will be a one-day-only pop-up shop selling a range of the latest nail colours and products, which is expected to prove popular with GC staff, students and visitors alike.

Available at Gloucester Campus, the GC Nail Services course is designed for those interested in the nail services industry, who wish to learn the craft of nail care, nail art and nail technician work, as well as customer care and self-confidence.

In addition to competitions, students gain relevant experience by working on real clients in Gloucestershire College’s beauty salons, and generate their own client base for practice and assessment.

Curriculum Leader, Jo Wheeler, said: “This competition provides students with a chance to show off their creative side as the brief is not to produce commercial or wearable nails, but fantasy designs!

“It gives them invaluable experience in competing in a realistic environment by carrying out their work in the atrium, live in front of an audience. I wish them all the best of luck!”

For more information about Nail and Beauty courses at Gloucestershire College, visit or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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