Tokyo Nail Expo 2012 Nail Art Contest- Part 3

Pic Spam!! I think this is the next to last posting of nail art from the Tokyo Nail Expo, but I’ve saved some of the best for last!  There were over 150 entries this year, so it’s taken quite a bit of time to go through everything.  I hope you guys are still enjoying the crazy art!


Lots of 3D sculpting- mustache, bowler hat, pink high heels, and cat-slug? At least everyone has a smile, in true kawaii fashion.


Pink leopard print, cherry blossoms, vine detailing and transparent florals on this one- I’d guess made of gel, then painted with gel or acrylic paint. Interesting technique.


Love these- not sure what they have to do with Tokyo Character, but amazing airbrush and detail work, along with lace butterflies and stars. Those red roses are to die for!


Wow! Check out the acrylic florals on this one- amazing. I’m not sure why the figures look rather western, but it’s a lovely entry.


Flowers, traditional temari balls and interesting swirly bits. And…is that a pair of lips on the left and a random eye on the right?


Dang, I wish this was a better shot. These are fantastic- sculpture flowers (not sure why this figures so prominently since Tokyo is not a particularly flowery city), sculpture sushi and a really cute sculpture crepe with whipped creme. There’s also a subway train and another rather Western looking female figure. Not sure what’s up with that but both are very well done.


This entry features 3-D tsubaki (camellia) flowers, traditional Japanese patterns, temari balls, and some lotus flowers (?).  Stunning work with very fine detail.


Finally, some Japanese figures show up! The gal on the left is an ‘oiran’ or Edo-era high class prostitute, hiding couquettishly behind her fan. There’s very fine stained glass detailing on the tips, along with the Tokyo Sky Tree, a riot of floral blooms, and an old watch. A little bit of everything!


Love the gradation and vines! I have no idea what this has to do with the theme but I’m always a sucker for a twilight sky.


One of the best in the show- amazing technique, balance and overall presentation. Good sculpture, fantastic handpainting- these are a great balance between modern and traditional. The only bum note is I’m not sure how they addressed the theme.


Kawaii Bombs away! This one is an exposion of Japanese cuteness. Rocketships, a rhinestone Tokyo Sky tree, a bullet train, and lots of stars make up this sugary sweet entry.


And if the above entry didn’t cause adorability overload, we now have teddy bears, giant pink glitter heart balloons, a rocking horse, a humongous bow, and a table full of sweets…and a random Tokyo Sky Tree!Exif_JPEG_PICTURE

Back to the less kawaii side of things, here’s a gorgeous set featuring a bunch of Tokyo landmarks: Odaiba Ferris wheel, Tokyo Tower, and, of course, the Sky Tree. Very nice painting detail and the seamless addition of the 3-D sculpture is very skillful on the kimono arm.


The neon eyes are watching you! Very visually striking and a creative use of false eyelashes , but????

I still do have another round that need to be edited and put up.  I’ve checked online for the winner but haven’t seen it updated. Usually there’s full coverage in the Japanese nail magazines, but it will take about 6 weeks to see the winner in print.



About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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5 Responses to Tokyo Nail Expo 2012 Nail Art Contest- Part 3

  1. lacqueredpaintedpolished says:

    Wow, these are all so beautiful. I’m in awe of the talent needed to create these miniature masterpieces. Is everything painted by hand without stencils? Oh, and are they just for art, as in, just to look at or do people wear nails like these? The ubiquitous Tokyo Sky Tree in almost every set makes me giggle.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Most of the nails are painted freehand, there’s a few airbrushed ones in there but the Japanese excel at tiny detail work. People do wear some pretty crazy nails in Japan, but not as a general rule. I noticed the nails getting more and more tame over the last few years and you have to go to downtown Tokyo to see the truly crazy stuff. And yes, the Tokyo Sky Tree does seem to make a lot of appearances! It was opened this year, so I guess it was on everyone’s mind, but still….

  2. LifeOfBun says:

    Hooow the heck.. how! Those are amazing!! I adore the ones with the feathers on the right and with the butterfly. Must’ve been amazing to see! And there’s no such thing as picture spam, these are great. Thanks for sharing, I enjoy seeing them. 😀

  3. Wow! These are stunning. Again, thanks for sharing this with us! I agree with LifeOfBun; There’s no such thing as picture spam. I can’t wait for part 4 from Tokyo, but don’t want this series to end…

  4. Wow, these are all so insanely good! I love all the 3d accents. Amazing.

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