With only three finalists competing in this challenge, things are getting down to the wire. The theme was “Game Changers” and here is what the judges had to say about each of the submissions:
Guest Judge: Lauren Wireman & Valerie Ducharme
Unanimously, the judges were behind your message. On your work, feeling from the judges is that you may have played it a bit safe. As this is so close to the end, they would have liked to see a bit more innovation, some texture or dimension, and in your composition, a bit more shadow and even 3D elements. That said, wonderful hand painting, lettering and your color choice is perfect. You did a beautiful job with your skin tones using Shellac. On your demo, judges would have liked a few more tips (why you use your brush, how you chose your color palette, how you make your sketches, etc.) but they did appreciate how you explained not showing faces. Brava!
As with Emily, the judges all aligned with your message of spreading kindness and really love your community involvement. They also felt like you may have missed some chances to really shine and show off your talents. One judge said, “To be honest, this style of nail art doesn’t read ‘Jessica’ to me. I miss her ambition and crazy envelope pushing. This set feels very dainty and safe in comparison.” Your hand lettering was admired and judges saw good, clean work but a design that could have been pushed a bit more. Your video was especially impactful and you did a wonderful job of explaining your process and steps. Great work!
Judges appreciated that you went with a non-traditional placement for your tips and that your submission had so much depth and dimension. “Great job on using Shellac in so many ways,” one judge shared. A watch out was mentioned around scale; the plastic bag should be bigger than the wine bottle, or the fish would not be the same size of the turtle. But your messaging was so clear and the water painting is beautiful. In line with your message, you found ways to be resourceful when it comes to nail art. One judge said, “I think you figured out a way to stay within the guidelines and still push the art.” Your video offered many cool tips and teaching moments. Well done!