For Season 5’s second Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Katie Barnes and Liza Waitzman 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 Katie packed her paintbrushes after the Hand in Hand challenge, this week’s Last Chance challenge is loosely related.

The Clash: Create a nail design on a single tip combining two things that do not go together, but work.

Here are the looks they created:


Fact:  It doesn’t snow in Jamaica….and yet, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the first ever men’s Jamaican bobsled team that broke records at the Calgary Olympics in 1988. On top of that, this year is the first time in history that a group of women have come together and will be competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea.It is amazing how these men and women, with very little funding and no snow to train with, are competing in such an intense winter event at the Olympic Games. This just shows that even though one thing may not seem to go with the other, all things are possible through focus and determination. Feel the rhythm. Feel the rhyme. Get on up. It’s bobsled time.


As an ’80s baby, denim was a staple wardrobe item. Double denim is often seen as a fashion faux pas (we all remember Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ 2001 American Music Awards outfits!) but when worn right, it can be one of the hottest and most stylish trends. To pull double denim off, the accessories and how you wear it are paramount. That’s why I centered my design around the accessories that can be worn with double denim, such as chains and studs and delicate lace patterns, some of which were hand-painted and some actual lace adhered to the design to break it up and add texture. I included three of the most popular denim shades of stonewash, dark, and light denim and used a mix of gel paints and acrylic paints to create these different shades and textures — but not too different as it’s important to keep the denim light and relatively similar in shade so as to not go overboard when doubling up. I completed the design with a matte top coat to give an authentic denim look to the design.

Congratulations to Liza Waitzman for winning her second Last Chance Design Lab challenge! Liza went up against Katie Barnes to show us a nail that combined two things that don’t go together, but work. CND’s Jan Arnold chose the winner.

Jan said, “Liza’s design is funny, clever, and simply perfect! It’s an excellent answer to the challenge. Amazing during the Olympics!”

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