For this week’s Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, current Last Chance champion Amy Gustfason takes on newly eliminated Lini Sherburne. The two will battle it out one-on-one to see who has a chance of staying in the competition. CND’s Jan Arnold will select her favorite look next Friday and you’ll find out who will remain for at least one more week.


All Last Chance challenges are done on a single nail tip. They are also asked to describe their looks. There are no other elements to this battle.


This week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related to Entity’s Celebrating 10 Years challenge.


10 Years: Using any materials that embody the 10-year anniversary materials (Traditional: tin or aluminum, Modern: diamond jewelry), create a nail style on a single nail tip that celebrates 10 years.


Here are the looks they created:




Amy Gustafson:

For the challenge this week I was asked to create a nail using materials that embody 10-year anniversary materials. I wanted to incorporate both aluminum and (of course) diamonds, however upon researching 10-year anniversary traditions I discovered that the daffodil flower also represents 10 years. I wanted to create a celebration nail that was light, feminine, and elegant and have movement to it, much like the feeling you get from looking at Entity’s ads. I also wanted it to be something I would wear since it was loosely based on last week’s challenge. I love big, fabulous, blingy nails so I decided to incorporate flowing ribbons with an aluminum-coated acrylic daffodil with an elegant feather and diamonds as the finishing touch. I would absolutely wear this nail as an accent (with a more toned-down version for the other eight nails) to their big anniversary party!




Lini Sherburne:

Since my husband and I recently celebrated our own 10-year anniversary, I decided to go with a wedding anniversary feel for my design. I used silver and blue as the main colors, since these are the 10-year colors, and aluminum foil and Swarovski crystals to represent the traditional and modern materials. I encapsulated aluminum foil in clear gel for the texture over the center of the nail, then used brush strokes of blue, silver, and white paint to blend. The heart was created out of built-up layers of clear gel and crystals. To make the numbers 1 and 0, I applied Shellac in a silver color to plastic, then sprinkled it with glitter. Once cured, I peeled my numbers off, carefully outlined with paint and glued to the design. Finally to create the “wedding anniversary rings” at the base of the nail, I used crystals and tiny strips of rolled up aluminum foil alternating in rows. The very tip of the nail is reminiscent of the bead pattern on a bridal gown. The entire design is meant to look like a centerpiece or ornament you could see at a 10-year wedding celebration.




Congratulations to Lini Sherburne for winning this week’s Last Chance Design Lab challenge. Lini went up against reigning champ Amy Gustafson to create a 10-year anniversary design using the honored 10-year anniversary materials on a single nail tip. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.


Jan said, “I chose Lini’s 10-year diamond anniversary nail because it best utilized the traditional and modern materials that symbolize a decade of commitment.”


This means Lini will move on to compete against the next eliminated contestant. Find out on Friday who that will be.