Congratulations to Simone Gilbert for winning this week’s Steampunk’d challenge. We love that you won for a theme that you previously weren’t a fan of! These nails manage to depict the steampunk style with elegance. Your design had amazing balance of handpainted, sculpted, and embellished techniques. It was flawless and crisp and beautiful. The statement pieces (top hat and goggles and the corset) popped, but not too much to make it so this isn’t a wearable design. Watching you work is like watching someone create art. We love your aesthetic. And you are a very talented artist with lots of little tricks up your sleeve to create such cool designs. We think your talent is taking something far-fetched and abstract and making it wearable and refined.
This week’s challenge is sponsored by It’s So Easy. We asked our Top 6 to create a steampunk design on one hand (on a model) using any materials they’d like. They will receive bonus points for using out-of-the-box (non-nail) materials. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 7 Challenge page.
Congratulations to Lexi Martone for winning this week’s Bejeweled challenge. Lexi’s design was fashion-forward and gorgeous. Her color palette, in addition to her textured and dimensional design is practically perfect, and it really shows off her fashion background and design sensibility. Her attention to detail (from creating the snakeskin patterns to placing individual caviar beads), her varied yet cohesive set of nails, and her quality video tutorial all helped to cinch the win this week amidst tough competition. She shows impeccable technique and has a thoughtful approach to showing us how she creates her work. She knows how to work with gems and we would love to see these as appliqués. We will all line up for a set of our own!
This week’s challenge is sponsored by Dashing Diva. We asked our Top 7 to create a cohesive set of 10 jeweled appliques. They were given clear nail tips to use and were allowed to incorporate a design using any nail products as the base. Then, they were instructed to use only crystals, studs, and beads (NO CHARMS) to create a bejeweled set of nails. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 6 Challenge page.
Congratulations to Danielle Costantino for winning this week’s 10-year anniversary-themed challenge. Danielle put a lot of thought and research into her design this week. She wanted to make sure that she captured Entity’s spirit, as well as create a celebratory look. We like that she looked into the traditions of celebrating 10 years. Her color palette was light and elegant, much like the Entity ads themselves. She showed a good grasp of a variety of mediums and gave us a beautiful, well-executed design that is both a nod to Entity’s ad campaign of old as well as a modern take on the company’s look. She also offered us a demo with good photos and descriptions of how she created her look.
Challenge 5 sponsored by Entity Beauty asked our Top 8 to look at Entity’s ad campaign from their first year of business and use it as inspiration to create a set of nails they would wear to Entity’s 10-year anniversary party. The rules were they must use a combination of styles (acrylic, gel, gel-polish) to create the look on a model’s two hands.
This week’s challenge is sponsored by Entity Beauty. And October marks Entity’s 10-year anniversary. We asked our Top 8 to look at Entity’s ad campaign from their first year of business and use it as inspiration to create a set of nails that they would wear to Entity’s 10-year anniversary party. The rules were they must use a combination of styles (acrylic, gel, gel-polish) to create the look on a model’s two hands. We’ve posted their entries on the Week 5 Challenge page.
Congratulations to Lexi Martone for winning her second challenge in a row. For this week’s heritage-themed international nail challenge, Lexi embraced her Italian roots to give us a food (and wine) themed design. The judges were floored by the motorized spinning pizza. We love how you take nail art to the next level with your out-of-the-box thinking. You showed a solid mastery of gel, acrylic, and handpainting techniques and created a cohesive design. Other than the spinning, we especially loved the construction of the pizza itself and the pouring wine. As always, we also love your videos and personality. The music, the tight shots, and your narration help to solidify your top spot this week. One of the judges even commented that this design almost doesn’t look hand created because it’s so close to perfect!