For Season 7’s fifth Last Chance Design Lab challenge sponsored by CND, Becca Compton and April Lang 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 Becca packed her paintbrushes after ORLY’s Iconic French challenge, this week’s Last Chance is loosely related.

That 70’s Show: Choose an iconic 1970’s style and replicate it on a single nail tip with hand painting.

Here are the looks they created:


My 1970’s style is the crochet granny square. Worked with many yarns, including leftover scraps, the granny square is a versatile crochet motif. Infinitely scalable in size, as many color combinations
as you liked, one pattern, the traditional granny square did it all. It was used to create housewares – such as blankets, rugs, and lampshades – as well as for fashion, including sweaters, skirts, dresses, vests, hats, scarves, handbags, and stoles. Granny square obsession reached its peak of popularity in the 1970s.

I was a late ’70s baby, and this is the color palette of my childhood. My family’s kitchen had brick red linoleum floors, a brown oven, a goldenrod fridge, walnut cabinets, orange wood trim, and curtains in a brown and olive mushroom print. I am pretty sure that was the height of style.


I created this nail to be reminiscent of your favorite T-shirt during your best teenage summer in the 70s.  I had to include the world famous lips logo from the biggest rock band of the 1970s.  I replaced the tongue with a colorful rainbow.  The large flower print and fringe capture more 1970s style. Finally, a stacked LOVE logo in purple with funky 1970s font tops the nail.

In an NTNA first, congratulations to BOTH April and Becca for securing a tied win this week! Jan explains:

Becca: We absolutely love the reference of this week’s design with the crochet granny square design.  You provided us with a wonderful 70’s flashback with the color choices and names!  The intricacy of the crochet threads make it hard to imagine this was actually hand crafted with nail product.  You are a wonderful competitor and inspired artist and I so admire your point-of-view and confidence!  Great job!

April:  Love this groovy nail design and I’m pretty sure I actually still own this T-shirt (ha-ha)! All the right 70’s influences are here, even the iconic pop-art flowers from Goldie Hawn’s’ TV show ‘Laugh-In’ and the embroidered fringe that adorned (my) patchwork jeans of the time.  Nice brightness and colorway used and good choice in the length for this design.  Great job!

This week, WE HAVE A TIE! Given I was there (yes, the 70’s were great!) I have to say you both totally nailed it and both deserve to stay in the competition!  This is pretty epic, as I’m pretty sure we’ve never had a tie before.  CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH! XOXO

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