Tokyo Nail Expo 2012 Nail Art Winners

I finally managed to get my hands on a Japanese nail art magazine (double the cover price, but that’s life) that reveals the winners of the Tokyo Nail Expo nail art contest! Sorry for the delay but the magazine comes out 2 months after the competition and then I had to locate it overseas. But good things are worth the wait, right? Click to enlarge.


Of course, it’s in Japanese but the numbers denote 1st, second and third places, etc. The grand prize was around $400USD, but it’s really all about the publicity, of course. Given the time to create the nails and the materials cost, $400 is not much.

There are a lot of nail art contests out there, but they are really expensive to enter, and the prizes are usually just tokens. I’d like to try a few contests in the upcoming year, but with an entry fee of around $100, I’ll have to pick and choose carefully.  It seems a bit of a racket. I know they want to have good art for the competitions, but should it really be $100 to enter if the prize is just $200 or $300?

All those philosophical questions aside, here’s some of what I’ve been making recently:

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Alice In Wonderland silhouettes.

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Vintage botanical flowers inspired by old gardening books.

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Japanese woodblock prints.


And I’ve been having a lot of fun blinging other things besides nails after doing my shoes last autumn. Here’s a peacock wallet with loads of crystals on it that I made. It’s actually harder to work on a bigger surface- I can bling a tiny nail with ease, but a wallet feels really big!

I hope that everyone’s New Year is off to a stunning start. 🙂


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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7 Responses to Tokyo Nail Expo 2012 Nail Art Winners

  1. Kathleen says:

    Your wallet is lovely! I recently blinged out my cell phone and make up brushes myself. Cellphones are as big as I’m working with right now.

  2. Very interesting to see the winners! I love your wallet! It’s stunning. Lovely design and colors, and I like your choice of stones with different sizes and shapes

  3. Rabbit says:

    This wallet looks beautiful!

  4. LifeOfBun says:

    Ohh that wallet *_*

  5. alicia says:

    Gorgeous wallet I love your nail art too.

  6. Beautiful wallet! Love it! Are they Swarovski crystals?

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Yes, they are Crystal Volcano Swarovskis- it shifts colors in the light. I’ve tried other brands, but nothing sparkles just quite like it!

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