This week’s challenge took our Top 3 to a magical place. EzFlow tasked our competitors with creating fantasy 3-D nail art inspired by their new Enchantment collection. Color acrylic had to be used somewhere in the design and embellishments were allowed. Contestants then had to create a Nail Art Gallery tutorial detailing their work. We’ve posted all the entries on the Week 10 challenge page.
Congratulations to Celina Ryden for winning the ninth challenge! Your Captain Save-a-Nail saved the day as well as your spot in the top.
Challenge 9 asked our contestants to take inspiration from INM’s animated series featuring Jimmy the Swan. Contestants had to create a single fantasy nail art tip complete with at least one movable component. The animated portion of the nail had to be INM-related somehow. Any mediums could be used except embellishments. A video and sketch were also mandatory for completing the challenge.
This week’s guest judge was former NTNA season two competitor and current INM educator, Marisol Alvarado. Permanent judges include CND’s Jan Arnold, NAILS NTNA season 2 winner Lavette Cephus, NAILS editor Erika Kotite, NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay, and the rest of the team at NAILS Magazine.
This week’s challenge is not for fans of flat nail art. INM’s mascot, Jimmy the Swan, was brought to life in a series of YouTube videos. We asked our Top 4 contestants to get animated by creating a fantasy nail tip complete with a movable component inspired by INM. Players were allowed to use any materials to bring their art to life, with the exception of pre-made embellishments. Contestants also had to show us how their animated feature began — in sketch form. The sketch plus their inspiration had to be shown in a video that we then uploaded to NAILSTV. We’ve posted all the entries on the Week 9 challenge page.
Congratulations to Celina Ryden for winning the eighth challenge! Your glow-in-the-dark Rocky Horror look is on-point for Halloween.
Challenge 8 sponsored by Gelish asked our contestants to get ready for Halloween by celebrating the 40th anniversary of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Top 5 were allowed to use a variety of mediums so long as polish and gel-polish were somewhere in the design. Final sets also had to include the colors red, black, white, and a glow-in-the-dark feature. Contestants also had to create a video that detailed the process.
This week’s guest judge was Danny Haile of Gelish. Permanent judges include CND’s Jan Arnold, NAILS NTNA season 2 winner Lavette Cephus, NAILS editor Erika Kotite, NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay, and the rest of the team at NAILS Magazine.
It’s that time of year; and not just Halloween. This year brings a very special anniversary: the 40th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The movie is a cult classic that has fascinated several generations of musical/comedy/horror buffs. Now it’s time for Rocky Horror nails.
Sponsor Gelish launched a special licensed Two of a Kind set in honor of the anniversary; their challenge for contestants was to create a Rocky Horror-inspired manicure that can be worn out for Halloween.
The final set must use polish and gel-polish somewhere, and contain a glow-in-the-dark component. Colors red, black, and white also had to be included in the final design. We asked contestants to create a video showing how their idea came to life.
We’ve posted all of the entries on the Week 8 Challenge page.
Congratulations to Celina Ryden for winning the seventh challenge! You got inside the mind of Picasso, and your nails prove it!
Challenge 7 sponsored by China Glaze asked our contestants to hand paint a work of art inspired by Picasso, in honor of his 134th birthday. They were allowed to use lacquer and acrylic paint ONLY. In addition, we wanted to see a video diary documenting their inspiration and process.
This week’s guest judge was Nishita Doshi of China Glaze. Permanent judges include CND’s Jan Arnold, NAILS NTNA season 2 winner Lavette Cephus, NAILS editor Erika Kotite, NAILS senior editor Beth Livesay, and the rest of the team at NAILS Magazine.
This year the great modern artist Pablo Picasso would have been 134 years old. To celebrate his birthday and sponsor China Glaze’s new nail art collection, we asked our contestants to paint a Picasso-inspired masterpiece on a single hand. They were allowed to paint whatever they wanted, so long as it was done in Picasso’s style. This is a hand painting challenge, so acrylic paints and polish ONLY were allowed.
Artwork could be done on tips, so long as they were applied on an actual hand for the final submitted photos. To get a better idea of how the contestants unleashed their inner Picasso, we had them create a 3-5 minute video depicting how they painted their design and the inspiration behind the subject matter. We’ve posted all of the entries on the Week 7 Challenge page.