Students studying at TyneMet College on the Level 3 Nail Technology course competed against each other to come up with award-winning nail designs.

The competition which incorporated 3D nails and further nail techniques was given the theme of ‘Candy’ or ‘Kings and Queens’.

The 10 students worked on models who wore costumes created by the students to match the theme of the nail design.

The judges at the event, former students, Janine Graham and Jennifer Tulip, who have both gone on to open their own Beauty Salons, and Tracey Affleck, Fashion and Textiles Teacher at the Creative Studios, graded the completed designs in the categories of creativity, uniqueness, intricacy of the acrylic work and imagination.

All of the students planned their designs carefully thinking about every minute detail to create their perfect overall look. The standard of all of the entries was extremely high and some amazing and fantastic designs were created on the day.

The overall winner of the competition was Claire Muckle, 29, from Cramlington with her ‘Queen of the Jungle’ design, second place was awarded to Kayleigh Connor, 26, from Wallsend, and her ‘Queen of Hearts’ design and in third place was Jill Richardson, 40, from Whitley Bay with her ‘Egyptian Kings’ design.

Joanne Hewison, Head of Service and Business Enterprises said:

“All of the students produced some excellent designs for this competition; the amazing creative designs showcased the talented students’ high standard of work.

“I would like to say thank you to Janine, Jennifer and Tracey for taking the time to be our judges for the competition – I know it was very difficult for them to choose a winner as all of the designs were inspired and imaginative.

“The students all seem to have enjoyed working towards their final competition entries; well done to all who took part!”

For more information about the range of Beauty Therapy courses at TyneMet College, call and speak to a Students Advisor on 0191 229 5000, email or visit