For Season 4’s fourth Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Trisha Johnson and Amber Dunson 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 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. Contestants are also asked to describe their looks. There are no other elements to this battle.


Since Amber packed her paintbrushes after the Decade Decadence challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.


Time Travel: Take us back to a different decade with flat nail art only.


Here are the looks they created:


Trisha Johnson

While rebalancing and designing some art on my CND Education Ambassador Toni Periatt’s nails, and discussing the theme of Time Travel for the next CND Last Chance Challenge, I felt it was very important for everyone to realize the history of CND, and how it has revolutionized the entire beauty industry!

Let’s take a trip back to 1979, when not only did the future of the nail industry change, but so did the future of the Nordstrom family. Dr. Stuart Nordstrom, a practicing dentist (and Jan Arnold’s father), got the idea for a new nail enhancement product after a patient remarked that the smell of the material used to prepare a temporary cap smelled like the same material to sculpt nails. SolarNail Liquid was the resulting product, built on a foundation of hard work and smart chemistry, remaining true to being science-based. It all began in the garage of the family home, and now the promise CND makes to professionals and clients alike is to consistently deliver solid and amazing performance.

I was inspired by many things and decided to create each of them in my design, using several mediums, keeping the end design flat. Dr. Nordstrom’s plaid suit coat represents the professional fashion of the decade and the importance of his foundation in CND; I hand painted it using gel-polish. I then felt it was important to include some acrylic fun! I made custom acrylic colored 3-D balls for the molecular atom-looking art, representing the importance of science for CND, and an acrylic 3-D curtain, gel-polished and hologram pigment-coated, to represent the shimmery curtain at the trade shows. To make the nail flat, I then encased it all with clear acrylic, and hand painted the rest of the science details and the Creative Nail Design logo, with gel-polish. Since this was the ’70s, I decided the backside needed some Saturday Night Fever details, and made that the perfect disco. Work hard, play hard!


Amber Dunson

Nifty, nifty, I love the ’50s!  Poodle skirts, jukebox records, malt shop dates, and of course blue suede shoes made you a pretty cool cat. My ’50s-inspired design was created on top of a white gel-polish base. The art is done using a mix of gel-polishes and acrylic paints and finished with a clear gel top coat.


Congratulations to Trisha Johnson for winning the fourth Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Trisha went up against Amber Dunson to create artwork honoring a different decade using flat art only. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.

Jan said, “Trisha, you are the winner of Last Chance Challenge this week! Here’s why: you beautifully honored the legacy of my family and the beginnings of CND. Thank you! You should also know the focus of your art is very personal for me because I designed the original Creative Nail Design logo! Did you know?You replicated it perfectly! During upstart in the garage, there’s no money for fancy designers, so we did what all good entrepreneurs do — they make it happen. Just as you did this week! Congratulations!”

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