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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024

Welcome to the Monthly Manicure Challenge! There’s a lot of great manicure ideas and inspiration here on BIC. I find challenges are a great way to channel that inspiration, push me out of my comfort zone, and try new styles or colours I wouldn’t normally go for. It’s a great way to grow in skill and artistry. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.


All are welcome, whether you’re a pro or a novice like me, or if you have a favourite manicurist that is the only one you trust with your hands. You’re welcome to post as often or as little as you like, post late, or skip challenges completely. And feel free to post them on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 too!

April 2024 - April Showers

I’m sure we all know how the idiom goes: “April showers bring May flowers.” So let’s see your water themed manicures this month!


And it doesn’t have to be typical blues for water either. Feel free to try techniques that involve water in some way! Hydrodipping, water marbling, droplet effects, etc… Feel free to try any of these and show us the results!


See My Original Post That Started This Challenge Here


I’ve been a part of BIC for a while now. I’ve seen makeup, skincare, and photography challenges, which have been great for giving me inspiration, but nothing for mani’s. I love Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023 because it’s given me lots of inspiration, pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in my skills and artistry. I’d probably be stuck doing the same looks if it weren’t for that. I know we have Show Me Your Nails 2.0 which has been a great source of inspiration. I don’t want to take away from it but rather give myself and others a way to narrow down all the great ideas from it and get outside of my comfort zone (which has been bright colours and sparkly toppers lately)


Would there be any interest in starting a challenge for mani’s? We could have a different theme every month or even twice a month so that people can wear their mani’s out without worrying about missing one. People could always revisit themes if they miss them but still want to participate. I’m happy to organize it and if people have ideas for themes, I’m happy to work them in. What do you all think? Let me know if we should go one or twice a month and any themes you might want to see. 


Tagging some people but feel free to tag others who I missed or who you think might be interested.

@RGbrown @Titian06 @itsfi @CynthieLu @ather @jaaayp @Saradestin @Mellmars1185 @WinglessOne @Samtian 

Previous Challenges

May 2023 - May Flowers
June 2023 - Child At Heart
July 2023 - Fireworks/Canada Day/Fourth of July
August 2023 - A Day At The Beach
September 2023 - We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program: TV/Movie Inspired Manicures
October 2023 - Trick or Treat! Halloween-Inspired Mani’s
November 2023 - Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
December 2024 - Happy Holidays: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Years!
January 2024 - New Year Newness
February 2024 - Love and Fortune
March 2024 - Spring Cleaning

Upcoming Challenegs (*Spoiler Alert!* ⚠️ Click at your own risk!)

May 2024 - May Flowers

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges


Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@itsfi thank you 😊 I try. You guys are definitely inspiration! I'm gonna try to do my own take of your UHMAZING watercolor nails!!!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@jaaayp - I can see how the first one would get old quickly, but the second one is definitely not a fail!  We all have those manis that start out as one thing, but end up as something else.  The clouds are great!  You can do a rainbow next time. 🙂

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@Titian06 right? It got old so fast! And it was annoying because it took so much longer than the second 🫥🫠 

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@jaaayp I can see how the first one is like some of those old school toys. I keep thinking if the Fisher-Price telephone but a pink and white version. I’m impressed that you got the gems to stick. I guess you drowned them in top coat?


The clouds one is suuuuper cute though! It’s so simple yet so fun! ☁️

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

I tried to cure them on wet gel and that seemed shakey so I had to do like 3 coats of top coat which made them just chunky @JoSometimes ! But yes. You're getting me, some type of 90s toy LOL BRATZ?!??!

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@jaaayp! Bratz! That’s so old school! There was another one this reminded me of. I can’t remember the name, but they were like fairies and if you pulled a string they helicoptered into the sky!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

What? I can't see any fail here.  I love these! The second one more, oooh I want clouds on my nails. 🤩 These are soo cute @jaaayp I see a win for sure 💗😀

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@CynthieLu daw, thank you 😊 idk, I feel like I started aiming for something with both manis and they just went rogue 😂

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June 2023 - Child At Heart: Stickers, Stamps, and Glitter and a nod to the bonus challenge with an abstract / deconstructed take on a rainbow

Monthly Mani Challenge - Pride Rainbow 2.jpg


Monthly Mani Challenge - Pride Rainbow 1.jpg

* Red = SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Hit Mini Nail Polish L43 It Girl 

* Orange = Different Dimension Hey Ghoul Hey (from Polish Pick Up (PPU) - December 2020)

* Yellow = NAILS INC. 73% Plant Power Nail Polish Planet Perfect 

* Green = Gucci Glossy Nail Polish 712 Melinda Green 

* Blue = Morgan Taylor Tailored For You 

* Purple = Habit 45 Belladonna 

* Sparkly Pink = By Vanessa Molina - Summer Vibes - Lady Pink - my niece has always been of the mindset that pink and sparkle are part of the colors of the rainbow. And so they are. 😍 


Other Products Used (not pictured):

* Base Coat = Butter London Nail Foundation Priming Base Coat

* Base Color (on thumb, index and ring fingernails) = Tenoverten Eldridge (sheer pink)

* Top Coat = Glisten & Glow Top Coat 

* Liquid Latex (on middle fingernail) = Pueen Latex Tape - I used this on my middle fingernail as it is more often the one where I experience flooding with polishes; it ended up being the nail I had to re-do the most - my pinky was the other one. I lost patience at some point and just didn't include the base color to those nails. 😆

* Tool: Ombre Sponge Pen Tool 



Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@itsfi omg this is so cute!! 😍 I'm very inspired!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Thank you @jaaayp; it's been fun to experiment with mani's. Oooh, you should definitely do a rainbow mani - I'm super excited to see what you decide to do - I know it will be fabulous! r🌈

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@itsfi I really like your take on a deconstructed rainbow. When I saw your nails at first glance, they caught my eye in the best way possible. They remind me of beautiful stained glass.

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Awww, that is such a huge compliment @Mellmars1185! Thank you! 😊 I didn't really know what to expect with this mani; the first layer made me a little nervous but the colors built up well and it was fun to do. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

This turned out so nice @itsfi! Your choice of shades are still colourful and bright but not neon. It reminds me of “stained glass art” made from pieces of tissue paper glued together.

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Thank you @JoSometimes! I was a smidge worried a couple of the shades wouldn't show up but they all came through. 👍 This mani turned out better than I thought it would.

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Wow, that is so cool @itsfi! It seems like it might wear pretty well too. I feel like polish chips are super noticeable when I paint my nails a solid color, but perhaps it won't be as easy to notice chipping with the multiple colors. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Awww, thank you very much @PrettyPaint💗 I feel the same way about chipping when my nails are a solid color. Hmmmm... 🤔 I'll try to keep track of how long the colors go before I start to see them chip away. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Oooh, it's like having impressionist paintings on your nails @itsfi 😍🌈 amazing!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Ohhh, that is very kind of you to say @CynthieLu! Thank you. It was fun picking out the colors for this mani! 😍

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

OMGosh, this is so amazingly gorgeous, @itsfi ! 🤩

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Thank you @Titian06! It's the first time I tried something like this. Wasn't sure I'd be able to get all the colors on the nails and was pleased I was able to do so for most nails. 💅

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