The 31 Day Nail Art Challenge: FAQ and In-linkz

Is the 31 Day Challenge happening in 2019?

Absolutely, you will find all the information you need to participate here.

Will I be participating in 2019?

Yes. I missed 2018, as my family and I were taking a two month vacation on the other side of the world.  I had big plans to participate in November when we got home, but that never happened.

What is the 31 Day Challenge?

The 31 Day Challenge is a 31 day long nail art challenge, where participants create nail art inspired by 31 themes. The themes are broken up into three blocks: colors, styles, and "inspired by." The original intent of the challenge is to post one nail art look per day.

Can anyone participate?

Yes! The Challenge is open to anyone and everyone, beginner to advanced!

When does it start?

I always begins on September 1st, but you can start up a challenge whenever you like.

Why do you do it in a month with only 30 days?

The first time that the monthly tradition began was in September 2011 by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. After that, Sarah liked to do it the same time every year and then hundreds of others started doing it then too. If you want to do it a different month, by all means, go for it!

Why don't you ever change the prompts?

Part of the fun of the challenge is using the same prompts from year to year. Not only does it make you think creatively for new ideas, but it lets each of us compare all our previous work for a single prompt throughout the years. But remember, you can interpret the prompts any way you like.

Is it hard to do?

Yes, make no mistake, the 31 Day Challenge is hard! But the sense of accomplishment you will feel at the end, the huge body of nail art work you will create, and the amount of practice it gives us, makes it all worth it.

Can I do it at a slower pace?

Definitely. If you don't feel comfortable or don't have time to do it every day, feel free to space it out as needed. However, for many of us, me included, a big part of the challenge is completing it in the allotted 31 days. Decide what's important to you and proceed as you see fit.

What if I don't have a blog?

No worries! You don't need a blog to participate. You can play along via social networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Just be sure to hashtag your work with #31DC2019.

Do I have to do nail art?

No. However, keep in mind that the 31DC can be a great opportunity to hone your nail art skills and really push your boundaries, plus some prompts will be very hard if you don't incorporate nail art into your design.

Will my nails get damaged from changing my polish so frequently?

I've been polishing my nails daily for many, many years, and my nails have never shown any signs of trouble. If you are worried about your nail health, try non-acetone remover or fortified acetone, and always remember to moisturize your nails afterwards with cuticle cream or cuticle oil.

Are there prizes involved?

No, the only thing you will get is an amazing sense of achievement for finishing all the prompts. But once you finish, Lia over a Buff and Polish will have some finisher badges available that you can post to your blog.

I don't own that many nail polishes

In my opinion, you don't need very many to participate. I'd suggest arming yourself with all of the primary and secondary colors, a black, a white, and a metallic or two. You could also get a cheap acrylic paint set and use that instead -- just make sure to put down a base of real polish first.

Did you make up this challenge?

No and neither did my mentor Sarah from Chalkboard Nails, she found the original challenge image floating around the Tumblr-verse in 2011 and have yet to identify the person that created it.

What does the day 31 prompt, "Honor Nails You <3," mean?

"Honor Nails You Love" means doing nails inspired by a particular manicure or a nail artist that you love and admire.

Any other rules I should know?

There are no rules to this, truly! One thing that I do encourage, though, is that you take the time to go around and comment on your fellow nail artists' work during the duration of the challenge. Part of what makes this challenge great is the sense of community that comes from taking it on together. Use the year's hashtags, and the inlinkz to browse everyone's work and discover some new artists!

Inlinkz for 2019 

Each inlinkz is only open for 5 days. Sorry! Inlinkz have changed their account rules and even on their most expensive 'Pro' version, I can only have 8 inlinkz running in parallel if you want to add your nail art to the inlinkz after it's closed, just let me know, and I will shuffle things around and open it up for you.


  1. Nice of you to do this =) I haven't used this before - If I use this code will all the manis that people add on eg. your blog show up on mine too? and vice versa?

    I'm looking forward to doing this challenge and seeing everybody's mani's :D

    1. Yes - you need to add the code into the HTML of your blog post, then make sure you actually add your mani into the list. Then everyone who puts it on their blog will see all the shared links.

  2. Thanx for code, and all of informations! Now, I'm in too :)
    Without your instructions, I would never did it right :D :D

  3. Thank you so much, i thought i'd never make it but it actually turned out to be very easy!

  4. This is great! Thank you for the post. Do I have to use new codes each year or these would do the trick? I see that the comments above are from last year and I saw the first two I picked here still work. I put this post on my favorites. :-D

  5. Thank you for this!! I have been looking for inlinkz forever for this challenge and finally Gio Nails shared them :) I am going to spread the news if you don't mind. The more the merrier? :)

  6. Thank you so much for putting the Linkz together!! You're the best!!

  7. Wow this is fab, I'm also very excited about the challenge and iv made a start already, its my first challenge that I will be doing and posting on my blog so Im quite nervous about keeping up with the rest of you all!! Thanks for the code, and cant wait to see everyone's mani's!!

  8. Yay great that you have created an inlinkz for this, I will be adding mine :D

  9. Was there a badge for finishing the 2016 challenge?

    1. Sarah from Chalkboard nails has just done them!

  10. Thank you for sharing the links! But the HTML codes for Fashion and Pattern don't seem to be working. It says 'Resource not found.'

    1. Thank you, just saw this comment and fixed up the inlinkz links for those two.


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