For Season 4’s third Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Liza Waitzman and Trisha Johnson 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 Trisha packed her paintbrushes after the See You on the Backside challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.

The Clash: Take the winning look from this challenge (Tracey Lee’s design) and make something that clashes with this set.

Here are the looks they created:
Trisha Johnson
Using any mediums, we were asked to create on one nail tip a design that clashes with the winning set from Challenge #4 by Tracey Lee. Clash with designer Melli Mello? HOW do you clash with something that has everything possible already there?! And knowing that Jan Arnold is the sole judge for this challenge, raised the bar even MORE! That’s when the panicked search began. I Googled so many possibilities, searched words that clash, searched patterns that clash, and when it finally came to me (with Jan Arnold in mind) I thought deeply about a designer she would choose, who has a unique style, and would clash with Tracey’s winning set. Johnson Hartig of Libertine came to mind. (Duh!) So while looking through his newest line for Spring/Summer 2017, I came across some pretty cool pieces and colors that gave me nail eyes! Light tan gel-polish, handpainted white lace with acrylic paints, neon splashes with alcohol-diluted gel-polish, polka dots, spikes, handpainted acrylic paint plaids, and of course the infamous red lips with rhinestone teeth, where strings of pearls are seen flowing from, gave me the perfect finishing touches for my design. Clashing doesn’t mean opposite, so I needed to still include an animal of some sort, but one that clashes in a defined yet cleaner pattern, and that’s when I came across a beautiful snakeskin Gucci purse. I changed the colors to keep the neon flow, I sculpted with acrylic, and used netting to create the snakeskin texture, sculpting gel, and added snakeskin handpainting with acrylic paints and gel-polish to keep it soft yet defined. Knowing that Tracey’s winning set challenge was ”See You on the Backside,” I needed to make sure I clashed there as well. Hello Gucci, welcome to my visit down the runway with Johnson Hartig!


Liza Waitzman
For this week’s challenge, we were asked to do something that clashed with Tracey’s winning nails last week. At first, I wasn’t really sure how to approach this, but as I stared at her bright, fun, and lively nails, it dawned on me. Being that the challenge was “See You on the Backside,” I thought about what was on the backside of Tracey’s nails. My clash would be the complete opposite of hers. Dark, sinister, and evil, the things nightmares are made of. With Halloween around the corner, this also seemed like an appropriate spin to take on. All the reports of clowns terrorizing people nationwide also came to mind. They are lurking around and terrorizing people of all ages. And so my nightmare themed nail came out.
A dark, creepy forest makes up the background that I painted with gel-polish and acrylic paints. A menacing jester skull that I sculpted using only liquid-and-powder is placed in a way as if it were jumping out. BOO!


Congratulations to Trisha Johnson for winning the third Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Trisha went up against Liza Waitzman to create a look that clashed with Week 4 winner Tracey Lee’s backside design. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.

Jan said, “Trisha’s glistening pastel palette is in clash with the rich dark palette of Tracey’s design but as intricate at the same time. Thanks for including the flip side as well!  Nice job!”

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