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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!


February 2024 - Love and Fortune


For such a short month, February is pretty busy! Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month to name a few. It’s also a leap year! So feel free to showcase manicures that are inspired by any of these lovely events. 

Lunar New Year - Red and Gold are the usual colours. Feel free to throw in anything floral too! 🧧


Valentine’s Day - Nothing says I love you more than red, pink, and even white! ❤️🩷🤍


Black History Month - Highlight black-owned polish companies. The more people know about them, the more we can support them! 🖤


Leap Year - It comes around once every four years. Show of designs inspired by uncommon events like this. 🗓

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

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

March 2024 - March Madness

In Case You’re Interested In Other Challenges


Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@jaaayp, I'm so sorry for the delay; I missed your post and am just now seeing it. The first few times, it took a while for me to do an ombre - that was more to do with the user and it being new to doing an ombre mani. Now, it doesn't take me long at all. Dry time isn't so bad either, depends on the polish. I usually start with my pinky nail and by the time I'm done with a pass on my thumb, I can easily go in for another coat on my pinky nail. 


I've used liquid latex tape before and that helps with the amount of clean up, especially with the first few times I've used it. Now though, I am just more careful with placement and how tightly I hold a wedge sponge - I'll cut the sponge to better fit the shape of my nail, which I found helps with not getting polish all over. I've also cleaned up along the way, which allows more time for the polish on the other nails to dry. 


With this mani, I used a sponge tool, which I've found to provide me better placement of color for the ombre effect; and it's so much easier for cleaning up the edges because the sponge is small enough width-wise and the handle makes it easier to maneuver that I can do an ombre with much clean up, except sometimes along the cuticle if I'm not careful. 


Here's what the sponge tool looks like: 

Ombré Tool.jpg

You can buy the tool and replacement heads on amazon. They do have to be replaced but I can get a couple to a few ombre mani's out of them, if I treat them extra well. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@itsfi I love this ombré! I get tidal pool vibes from it. I’m half excepting a crab or sea star to peak out somewhere. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@JoSometimes, thank you. lol, pretty sure any attempt at a crab design would be more in the vein of abstract nail art. Not sure if I can pull off a sea star free hand, but I may give it a try; it's a fun idea.

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Your pivot turned out beautifully @itsfi! You captured the feel of the water with this one. 🩵🤍💙 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@CynthieLu, thank you! 😀 If my drawing skills and hands are steady enough, I might (and it’s a big night) try drawing a jellyfish or fish onto a nail. Or stamp one, but my stamping efforts have not turned out so well of late, so we shall see. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

That totally reminds me of the ocean @itsfi. So pretty!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Awww, thank you so much for those encouraging words, @PrettyPaint! 😃 It turned out better than I hoped. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@itsfi Beautiful beach wave 🌊 mani! 

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@Mellmars1185, thank you. I’ll keep working on my original plan to see if I can come up with a better executed version of it. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

Very pretty, @itsfi ! 🏖🌊

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@Titian06, thank you; it was a solid first try at a beach theme mani. 

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

For this Fireworks mani I used the base shade Navy Night from China Glaze. I used a different topper on each finger.





Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

You nailed this 😋😁 @Mellmars1185 I loved the toppers sooo much!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@CynthieLu Thank you! 🎆

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

This is definitely fireworks @Mellmars1185 !!!! I love how it sparkles!!

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!

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@Samtian Thank you so much! 🥰

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

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

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

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

Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

OMGosh, I love the name, @Mellmars1185 ! 🤣

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