For Season 4’s fifth Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Trisha Johnson and Dana Cecil 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 Dana packed her paintbrushes during The Artist Within challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.

Portrait of an Artist: Hand paint a self-portrait on a single nail tip.

Here are the looks they created:


Dana Cecil

At times I feel whimsical and at others I am more serious. All of the time I wear my heart on my sleeve and am not afraid to show my true feelings and express my inner thoughts with no regrets. Throughout this competition, I have delved into each project with my whole being.  I would think deeply about what the assignment truly meant and extensively research for inspiration. Then, I would express my thoughts and feelings about the subject matter by turning the visions that were leaping around in my head into a vision I could share with others. It was my hope with each project, that my art would spark something, even if it was just a smile.  I truly hope I have accomplished that thus far.

I chose a contemporary background for my portrait nail because it’s a style of art that I lean towards most often. The lines, and use of color to create art is beautiful. I created an acrylic face, and then hand painted my portrait onto it, as well as around it. I wanted to give it more depth. I used acrylic paints and gel-polish to create my design, then added the embellishments to show my style.

With this portrait I’d like to show my thanks to all involved for inviting me to learn, grow and expand my thoughts (realistic and abstract) to places I never knew they would or could go. What a delight it has been to share my art with you and receive your input and guidance along the way. I am looking forward to my journey, wherever it may lead me!


Trisha Johnson

A ’70s disco queen? An alter ego? For this fifth week of the CND Last Chance Challenge, we were asked to hand paint a self portrait, using any mediums, as long as the design was hand painted. Since I’ve already painted a self portrait for my very first Top 24 entry, I wanted to have a little more fun with this one, while I also show how I’ve improved my skills. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be perfect to choose a picture of me in my favorite costume. Using acrylic paints, I painted my face to show my “up to something mischievous” smirk. I then used my signature technique to create the huge afro wig I wore, by using custom colored sculpting gel wrapped around a super mini screw driver to create each little curl, and attached it with the same gel. I also created the hair tie out of sculpting gel and hand painted the details with CND Shellac. Couldn’t go without the cool funky patterns of the disco outfit, which I also hand painted with CND Shellac. I think I’ll have to keep this costume for a few years, it is so much fun. Happy Halloween!


Congratulations to Dana Cecil for winning the fifth Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Dana went up against Trisha Johnson to create a hand painted self-portrait, conveying the artist within. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.

Jan said, “Dana, your self-portrait reflects the heart and soul of the free-spirited artist! Deeply textured, thoughtful, and expressive. Beautifully done!”

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