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Nail Artists

Descriptions & Duties

  • Nail Artists provide nail painting and drawing. Apply nail sticker and build on three dimensional (3D) sculptures as well as UV gel nail enhancements.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge and skills in nail enhancement and art techniques

Nail Artists must be able to master nail enhancements and nail art techniques.


Nail Artists must keep up with the latest trends.

Customer-service knowledge and skills

Nail Artists must have good customer-service skills to retain current customers and attracting new ones.

Time-management knowledge and skills

Time-management skills are important for Nail Artists in scheduling appointments and providing services.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A relevant recognised diploma or foundation certificate, or equivalent


  • 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $8,000-$10,000

Monthly Salary $16,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $16,000-$30,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Nail Artists typically work indoors in nail care salons and often wear protective masks. Their work schedules include late evenings, weekends, and holidays and may work full time or part time.


  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle nippers/ cuticle trimmers
  • Emery boards
  • Paraffin warmers
  • Pedicure stools
  • UV gel lamps
  • UV sterilisers

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