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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


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Thanks so much! That purple is a really fun one 💜💜

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@RGbrown Ooo the other hand looks amazing too!


“Quick and easy” you make it look effortless! I get a little shaky when I need to do precision work with my non-dominant hand. Both your hands look so clean!

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I promise it was easy peasy! For example, the middle finger got a full coat of purple, then for the green, I just turned the brush from the bottle sideways so it was skinny and used it to dab some green for the "patch", then used a long detail brush to do the stitches and line it out (a long brush can help minimize the impact of tremors or shaky hands, at least it does for me). It was really quick! The orange on my thumb didn't pop quite as well with the green as a base since it was sheer, but I got mixed up on my planning and put the wrong color down first, whoops 😋

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@RGbrown It never occurred to me to turn the brush sideways! I’ve done that for painting and for makeup but it never dawned on me to do it for polish too! Thank you for the tip!

The orange pops plenty on my end! The trio of colours gives Halloween vibes without doing the typical black and orange. 

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I think @RGbrown did a red and purple manicure a while back, which made me think of of Jessica Rabbit. I wanted to give red and purple a go. Revlon Enchanting for purple and Trendy Nails RD302 for red. And for a bit of glam, Sally Hansen Snow Globe. You can read about my thoughts on these polishes, especially Enchanting, on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 

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@JoSometimes  Oooo I get the combo!!! 

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Heehee… thank you @ather!

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@JoSometimes  Oh lovely 💜❤️.  Love this combo and sparkles too!

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Thank you @Cissy63! The sparkles weren’t originally in the plan, but they add some fanciness to the mani. 💖

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Red and purple always makes me look like this: 😍😍😍

Love it!

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Thank you for the inspiration @RGbrown! 😉😉😉

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Thank you again to @CynthieLu for the purple inspiration! I was also inspired by, Whis, one of my new favourite characters from the Dragon Ball franchise. I picked the closest polish I had for this mani. Full details on the polishes used posted on Show Me Your Nails 2.0 


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@JoSometimes  Great purple!!! 

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Thank you @ather! I really love purple polish. Purple anything really. 💜💜💜

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Such a gorgeous purple 💜💜💜

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@RGbrown I need to wear this more. I also just thought of a dessert inspired combination featuring this polish… 

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@JoSometimes  I’m so into purple 💜. Love your mani💜.  You mentioned Dragon Ball, is it the same as Dragon Ball Z ?  My son watched it and was even one of characters for Halloween when he was 4.  

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@Cissy63 Yes! The one I’m watching right is called Dragon Ball Super and was released just a few years before the pandemic hit. It picks up a few years after where Dragon Ball Z left off.

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Your nails are growing beautifully @JoSometimes and this is a fabulous purple! They are very reminiscent of Whis. I was just googling this character and stumbled across some really cool powered up images. 


Looks like an awesome character! 

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Thank you @CynthieLu! I used to cut them down to the smile line and keep them super short. Now, the shortest they get is in line with my finger tips. They would be longer except I trimmed them down last week for my mermaid mani.


I’ve been binging the show quite a bit over the last few weeks. Of course I would connect with a powerful yet somewhat effeminate character! 😅

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The grow out is really going well and showing 😄@JoSometimes.


Animes have such a great variety of characters and there's always someone that hits just right. I can see why you are drawn too this character. Fashionably powerful 😉 and a good balance of masculine and feminine. 💜🩵


Me and my friends as kids would pick who we were in the show, when we went to movies or watched tv together. And if someone reconginzed something similar in a characters traits or attitudes, you were them. You had no choice lol. But it made the movies and shows more interesting. 😂

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