For those who were underwhelmed by the back-to-basics, nude fingertips that dominated the Spring 2014 runways, don’t despair. The Italian edition of the Nailympics is set to take place on February 9 and 10 at the Rome Exhibition Center.
In a country where drama builds to decadent excess, Nailympics spotlights the latest international technology and trends through color, embellishment, and fantasy set onto keratin canvases by nail technicians—ranging from nascent students to seasoned veterans.
Four competitions are devoted to various techniques, such as acrylic sculpting, gel sculpting, and French-tip acrylics. Not for the faint of heart (or those who lack a steady hand), the highlight of the event is the Fashion Design Soak Off Manicure, in which artists create elaborate manicures inspired by haute couture. As athletes go to extremes in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, beauty buffs will be doing the same.