Here is the challenge issued to the finalists for Week #1:

CND stands for Creative Nail Design. In order to get to know our Season 8 contestants better, we challenge you to tell us your personal journey using the letters C, N, and D across a 10 nail tip mural. For this mural, we want to see hand painted art and lettering, so we ask that contestants use CND Shellac and Vinylux ONLY. Tips can be any size and length. Any wording in your mural must start with the letters C, N, and D (you must use all three) and you cannot use the words “creative,” “nail” or “design.”

In addition to your mural, you will upload a 5-7 minute video diary via YouTube explaining the meaning behind the words you chose and how it relates to your personal journey. We would also like to see a sampling of your hand painting technique in the video as well. You must also include a 300 word write up with your submission.