Frequently Asked Questions

About Nailpolis
Artwork & Content
Issues & Bugs

What is Nailpolis?

Nailpolis is the world’s first online museum dedicated to showcasing nail art. All nail art featured on Nailpolis is original content created by Nailpolis members.

How can I showcase my nail art on the museum?

To maintain quality content on Nailpolis, you must be a member of Nailpolis to showcase your nail art in the museum.

How do I become a member? What are the requirements?

Membership on Nailpolis is by invitation only.

Nailpolis members are passionate and enthusiastic about all things nail-related. Members are actively creating new nail art, showcasing their designs, participating in contests, and connecting with other members of the museum. If you are interested in becoming a member, you may request an invitation here. While having a portfolio or a blog is not a requirement, we encourage you to provide links to your nail art and swatches in the request form.

How much does membership cost?

Membership is completely free and always will be. In return, we simply ask that our members post original artwork, be respectful of other artists, and credit tutorials and inspiration from other artists whenever possible.

About Nailpolis

Why Nailpolis?

"Art is what it is to be human."
— Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

At Nailpolis, we believe that artistic expression is one of the most important and underrated components of the human experience. In our daily lives, acts of artistic expression are often overlooked or undermined in importance.

Nailpolis is about celebrating art and empowering artists. We are building a community that encourages creativity and expression around nail art.

Why nail art? They say that creativity comes from constraint. Our members have demonstrated that creativity can flourish even on a canvas as tiny as your fingernails.

Nailpolis is about reminding you how great creativity feels. Nail art is fun, therapeutic, and exciting. We're all familiar with the joy of staring at our beautifully painted nails. Our members know that nail art is one of the most effective cures for a bad mood.

Our members come from all parts of the world, some have been creating nail art for years, and some have only just started out. That's why we showcase all types of nail art: from simple and spectacular designs that beginners can create to complex designs for those looking for a challenge. Nail art is a mode of art that is accessible to anyone. No one has an excuse to not try it out!

Nailpolis is about inspiring you to become an artist and never stop making art.

When did Nailpolis start?

Nailpolis has been in beta since January 10th, 2014.

Does Nailpolis have a mobile app?

Not yet, but we do have plans of launching one soon.

Who is the team behind Nailpolis?

We're currently a small team, but we are looking to expand (see: Are you hiring?). Our founding team consists of:

Michelle Lin, our CEO, frontend developer, and designer.

Tina Hung, our CMO.

Wayne Lin, our CTO and backend developer.

We also have a network of brilliant advisors that cover a broad range of expertise. If you are interested in an advisory role, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are you hiring?

Yes. We are looking to expand our development, design, and user experience team. We are based in New York City, and prefer to work closely as a team (this includes physical proximity). We are looking for extremely highly-motivated individuals who can adapt comfortably to a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. If you are a engineer or designer with a strong appreciation for art, please get in touch with us at

Do you have internship positions open?

Not at the moment, but we will make an exception for outstanding individuals.

Artwork & Content

What content am I allowed to post?

You may post photos of nail art and swatches that are created by you and photographed by you (or someone who has taken the photo for you but given you the permission to use it freely). Nailpolis is a community for original nail art. Please respect other nail artists and refrain from uploading material that infringes on proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyrights of any third party.

Is there a limit to the amount of nail art I can post?

No. You can post as many designs as you'd like.

Can I add watermarks to my images?

Yes. Due to the nature of internet sharing, we recommend that you take these precautions to ensure that your artwork is always credited to you. We encourage you to keep your watermarks visible but unobtrusive, so that they do not intefere with the viewer's experience of appreciating your nail art.

See Paulina's Passion and Nail Polish Wars for some examples of good watermarking.

If I post my content, do I lose my copyright?

No. You retain all rights in the content that you post to Nailpolis.

Why does your terms & services say that Nailpolis can “reproduce, modify, create derivative works” our content?

Without this part of the terms, Nailpolis would not exist as a museum, community, or service. We can only share and feature your talents with these permissions. Here are examples of how your work is "reproduced" or "modified" for the purpose of operating Nailpolis:

  • Automatically generating thumbnails and resized versions of your content. We do this to reduce page load time and to keep Nailpolis fast. This is considered a reproduction and modification of your content.
  • Featuring your artwork on our social media platforms. When your artwork is posted to a third-party platform (such as Facebook), it becomes a reproduction. When your artwork is cropped into a square and a filter is applied on Instagram, this is considered a modification.

We respect your rights and the hard work you put into your creations. Our Terms & Services were drafted with full respsect to your creative work.

What do I do if I find that someone has stolen my image?

We take your intellectual property rights very seriously. If the content that a member has posted infringes your copyrights or intellectual property rights, please file a DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice to The detailed steps to filing a DMCA Copyright Infringment Notice can be found here.

Issues & Bugs

I'm using Internet Explorer. Why isn't _____ working?

At the moment, Nailpolis does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend switching to a browser such as Google Chrome for the best experience.

I'm using Safari/Mozilla/Google Chrome. Why isn't _____ working?

  1. Make sure that you have upgraded to the latest version of Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.
  2. Make sure that you have Javascript enabled.
  3. If the issue persists, please send us a message at