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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

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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

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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!)

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May 2024 - May Flowers

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges

 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@jaaayp Thank you!! It was a fun challenge for me 🎇

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@Mellmars1185 Oh wow that is so cool!

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@Samtian Thank you so much! 🥰

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What a great idea, @Mellmars1185 !  They all look wonderful!  My eye keeps going to your pinky. 🥰

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 Thank you. Thatl one is called 'You Blithering Blockhead' from LBD. Lol

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OMGosh, I love the name, @Mellmars1185 ! 🤣

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Hi @Mellmars1185! I think you meant to tag @Titian06.

 

While I’m here, what’s on your thumb? It looks very different depending on the lighting conditions. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@JoSometimes @ Ah jeeze sorry I keep doing that. On my thumb is 'Goodbye to Prince Abooboo' from LynB Design

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@Mellmars1185 I love that it’s golden and has an Aladdin reference in the name! 😂🧞‍♂️

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@JoSometimes Thanks it was from the LBD Halloween Villian Set

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@Mellmars1185, it's fun to see how different toppers change the look of a polish. Do you have a favorite pairing from this mani?

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@itsfi Thank you! I put all of the polishes away so I don't have the names handy. I like the thumb from LynB Designs. It looks like it has flakes that changes from yellow to orange to red and it also has red sparkles. I feel like is screams the word firecracker. I also like the pinky - also from LBD. It is just one coat of a shimmer that changes from silver to pink in the light. It reminds me of one of those fireworks that goes up and fills the sky with tiny lights. This was too fun 😊

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100% agree @Mellmars1185; the polish on your thumb looks fabulous! 

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@JoSometimes Thank you 🥰

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@Mellmars1185 On behalf of @itsfi, I’d like to say “You’re welcome!”

😉🤭

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Hahahaha! Love it! @JoSometimes @Mellmars1185 😂🤣😂

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@Mellmars1185 Definitely reminds me of fireworks! The combo of navy and colourful toppers is really reminiscent of a dark sky and a celebration going off in the background. Amazing!

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@JoSometimes Thank you very much! I had a lot of fun doing it and I got to use a lot of neat polishes for the first time. I am looking forward to seeing everyones manis and the upcoming challenges!

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July 2023 - Fireworks! I love how fireworks light up the night sky and wanted to try to capture that sparkle with ella + mila Party in a Bottle, a clear base filled with a ton of colorful glitter. I used it on its own over a bare nail, as well as a topper over three different grey / grey-ish base colors, and a color-correcting base coat.
Base colors by themselvesBase colors by themselves 
With ella + mila Party in a BottleWith ella + mila Party in a Bottle
 
Base colors (from thumb to pinky):
 
  • Deborah Lippmann All About That Base (on all nails except for pinky)
  • Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret is a sheer greige with holo shimmer, 2 coats. This may be a new favorite neutral. I've had this bottle for years and am just now coming to realize what a beauty it is. Sigh
  • Veque Marina is a light grey creme, 2 coats.
  • Veque Telegraph Hill, cool, dark grey creme, 2 coats.
  • No base coat on pinky fingernail. 

 

July - Firework mani - with topper bottle.jpg 
The topper seemed to apply much easier, with the glitter distributing itself more evenly, when applied over a base coat or base color, than when applied to the bare nail. The glitter in the topper skipped about when applied to the pinky fingernail, which did not have a base coat or color applied to it before the topper. 
 

I also tried my hand at a fireworks mani for the Fourth of July a couple of weeks ago and posted that look to the 

Show Me Your Nails 2.0 thread. 💅

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

I love what you did with this theme @itsfi it's a total party 🥳  aptly named I think. 😉

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Thank you @CynthieLu. This is one of the best glitter bomb nail polishes that I've come across. 😍

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