For the third Last Chance challenge of the season, Quyên Tran and Ewa Borkowska are going head-to-head to see who will stay in the competition.

CND’s Jan Arnold will select her favorite look.

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.

CND Last Chance #3: Nail Deconstruction

Sometimes it’s a work in progress that can be playful and eye-catching. For this Last Chance challenge, create a nail in a deconstructed style of art. You may use a mix of hand painting and 3-D techniques to pull this style off.

Here are their entries:


The art of Deconstruction is about cutting a few works into pieces and putting them together. After I read the topic, I immediately wondered who I would paint. I looked at the calendar and saw that it is April, and April reminds me of the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. So I painted Kurt Cobain on thin foil using the micropainting method. When it was ready, I cut it into small pieces. In addition, in the same way, I cut the pattern into black and white lines and cut it into pieces. I built a long nail with an avant-garde shape and painted it green. I finished the whole thing with a matte top. I glued pieces of stripes and Kurt Cobain with acrylic clear and it is 🙂 I hope you like it and let Nirvana’s music never be forgotten.


Playful and eye-catching was my goal in completing this deconstruction nail art assignment. Similar to daily life: art and everything else in between is a work in progress and can be a fun experience.

I used CND Shellac Gel Polish in the shades of Gala Girl and Romantique as the base color, followed by colorful neon pigments to create the first layer of our look. Next, I remembered that Jan likes abstract art so I blended a couple different shades of Shellac gel colors (Lilac Longing, Violet Rays, Mambo Beat, Mind Over Matcha, and Oceanside) individually in with a bit of acetone to create a water color effect over matte gel top coat.

Using Brisa Paint Liquid Gel, I painted a bird silhouette as well as a butterfly shape. Since this is a deconstructed look, I also blotched the liquid gel paint to create the effect that these creatures are coming apart or perhaps coming together from deconstruction. There are also other shapes and letters throughout the nail. I painted these little extra shapes and branches using my favorite shellac  gel shade of Blackpool. Overall, I hoped to create a simplistic yet playful nail that inspires creativity and the openness of imperfection – in progress.

This Last Chance Challenge gives me hope that although there can be bumps along the way, progress can lead to growth and greater things. My experience with NTNA has been a fun and positive one and no matter what happens, I will continue to improve my art and grow. I truly hope that Judge Jan will like this design and see how much fun I had creating it!

And the winner is…Ewa!

Here is what Jan Arnold had to say about Ewa’s nail:

“The deconstruction and Nirvana art hit a cord with me and then there’s the beautiful and haunting glimpse of an eye, a mouth, some chilling neon color…all a brilliant reminder of a true Avant Gard artist and musician.  Thank you for is homage and for your attention to detail and perfect interpretation of the challenge.”

Congrats Ewa!