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Monthly Manicure Challenge 2024

Welcome to the Monthly Manicure Challenge! Thereโ€™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 wouldnโ€™t normally go for. Itโ€™s a great way to grow in skill and artistry. I hope youโ€™ll join me on this journey.


All are welcome, whether youโ€™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. Youโ€™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, Valentineโ€™s Day, and Black History Month to name a few. Itโ€™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! ๐Ÿงง


Valentineโ€™s Day - Nothing says I love you more than red, pink, and even white! โค๏ธ๐Ÿฉท๐Ÿค


Black History Month - Highlight black-owned polish companies. The more people know about them, the more we can support them! ๐Ÿ–ค


Leap Year - It comes around once every four years. Show of designs inspired by uncommon events like this. ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

See My Original Post That Started This Challenge Here


Iโ€™ve been a part of BIC for a while now. Iโ€™ve seen makeup, skincare, and photography challenges, which have been great for giving me inspiration, but nothing for maniโ€™s. I love Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022/2023 because itโ€™s given me lots of inspiration, pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in my skills and artistry. Iโ€™d probably be stuck doing the same looks if it werenโ€™t for that. I know we have Show Me Your Nails 2.0 which has been a great source of inspiration. I donโ€™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 maniโ€™s? We could have a different theme every month or even twice a month so that people can wear their maniโ€™s out without worrying about missing one. People could always revisit themes if they miss them but still want to participate. Iโ€™m happy to organize it and if people have ideas for themes, Iโ€™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 Maniโ€™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!* โš ๏ธ Click at your own risk!)

March 2024 - March Madness

In Case Youโ€™re Interested In Other Challenges


Re: Monthly Manicure Challenge 2023

@ather, Iโ€™m looking forward to using these stickers again next year. 

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@itsfi Super late to the party, but these sticker decals are so adorable! Love the little ghost ๐Ÿ‘ป

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The little ghost is super cute, isnโ€™t it @QueenMarceline? These were fun to use. 

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I love the cute little kitty in your thumb @itsfi!

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These are so fun @JoSometimes. Iโ€™ve noticed that their stickers are on the smaller side, for the most part. That will come in handy for my shorter nails. Wondering if theyโ€™ll expand their collection to include different sizes and more designs. Hope so. These really applied so easily and cleanly. I usually experience the sticker bunching up or clumping together. These are also cut really close to the outline of the design so thereโ€™s not a noticeable sticker portion along the edges. I like that attention to detail. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Love the cat sticker of course, @itsfi !  ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

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I thought the cat lovers and cat parents on this thread, including you, when I was applying the cat sticker @Titian06

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@itsfi  These are so cute!

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Right @Cissy63? And these were super easy to apply. Seriously, the easiest nail art stickers to use. 

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh one of these days I'm going to remember that this thread habits are hard for me and I mostly just stick to a couple of threads on BIC anymore instead of perusing the front page to see what else is going on. Thanks for the tag @JoSometimes, it was a good reminder! 


Here's a bonus shot of my left hand with a quick and easy Halloween mani I slapped on last night  ๐ŸŽƒ



My new job has been brutal on my thumbs ๐Ÿ˜ž

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@RGbrown  Great spooky season nails! I love the purple addition! 

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Thank you @ather!

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@RGbrown Loving this Frankenstein inspired Halloween mani. Such a fun combination of colors and nail art ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Thanks so much!

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@RGbrown  How cute is this!  Love the purple ๐Ÿ’œ

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Thanks so much! That purple is a really fun one ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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@RGbrown Ooo the other hand looks amazing too!


โ€œQuick and easyโ€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‹

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@RGbrown It never occurred to me to turn the brush sideways! Iโ€™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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