Here’s a gallery of all the halloween manicures that I did for 2013!
I still haven’t tried free-hand painting flying bats. And I sorta wanted to do some vampire fangs dripping with blood. I guess there’s always next year!
Are you dressing up for halloween this year? Or do you not celebrate?
It’s getting close to halloween and there’s no shortage of halloween nail art in wordpress land! Lacquered by BlueVanilla blog is running a ten day halloween nail art extravaganza filled with spooky designs and guest posts. They asked me to share one of my halloween manicures with them, and I was more than happy to oblige. I did some super fun sugar spun mummy nails and I just love how they came out! Be sure to click on over to see my guest post on Lacquered by BlueVanilla right here!
Here’s a sneak peak of my nails…
One of our NAIL themes for October is THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. I was really drawing a blank on this one. Which is kind of ironic considering I suggested this theme when Brijit and Eeeek and I were corroborating about the October NAIL prompts! I just had too many ideas swimming in my head- bats, vampires, creepy crawlies….so I turned to google for some inspiration. I found an artist named Vicky Scott who created this illustration called..
wait for it..
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT! How appropriate. You can see her cute print here on Hire an Illustrator. I really liked the image she created- especially her spooky eyes floating in the darkness. Eyeballs seemed liked they’d be easy to paint on a small nail canvas so here’s what I came up with…
I applied Sally Hansen Maximum Growth as my basecoat, two coats of Essence Grey-t To Be Here, and then I hand painted the black accents and eyes using red white and black polishes. I waited a good 20 minutes before I applied my seche topcoat because I would’ve hated to smear the eyes if they weren’t dry. I didn’t do too much nail art on this mani so I didn’t want to ruin the little bit that I did do!
The next mani I want to work on is the next October NAIL theme: TREATS AND SWEETS! Nom nom nom! Hopefully we’ll see some peanut butter or chocolate. Or both!
Breast Cancer Awareness :
Autumn Trees :
Things That Go Bump in the Night :
Treats and Sweets :
Hallow E’en :
Julie from Short & Sweet in Texas is hosting a fb nail art contest for halloween! The contest goes til Oct 16th and the winner gets a $20 Born Pretty Store gift card! You should join in! Here’s all the info!
For this nail art I hand-painted spiders and webs on 4 fingers using a skinny nail art brush. On the other fingers I used the RUFFLE technique (see Chalkboard Nails’ dandy ruffle tutorial here) using the largest dotting tool I could find. Believe me, you’ll want to make big dots or you’ll be sitting there forever dotting and dotting until your mind slips away into halloween madness. I counted my little dots and there’s 164 dots on one hand. So 328 altogether! The last time I did ruffles I used a bigger dotting tool and it seemed to go much quicker, so save yourself the hassle and make BIG DOTS!
Here’s the 4 polishes I used for this halloween spider manicure:
Art Orange ♥ AVON
Liquid Leather ♥ China Glaze
Lickety-Split Lime ♥ Sally Hansen
I’m a Belieber ♥ Nicole by OPI
Make sure to vote for your fave on the Short & Sweet in Texas facebook page. The pic with the most LIKES wins the prize! Wish me luck in the contest!
The Supernatural is the inspiration for the manicure I’m wearing today! I’m trying out some cutesy GHOST NAILS as part of the Chalkboard Nails 31 Day Challenge. This is a fun and easy manicure to try for halloween so I put together a picture tutorial for you!
Here’s how I did it:
» I started with one coat of Sally Hansen Maximum Growth as my base
» Then I painted most of my nails orange using Art Orange by AVON (a one-coater!)
» I painted my accent nail black using Liquid Leather by China Glaze (another one-coater!)
» The ghost was painted with a skinny nail art brush from Sephora and NYC nail polish in French White Tip
» I dotted the ghost’s eyes with black polish using my smallest dotting tool (or you can use a toothpick)
What do you think..easy, right? Go ahead and try it this October. 🙂
As part of Chalkboard’s 31 day nail challenge I’ve got a funky halloween halfmoon design for you!
Now that fall is here I’ve been DYING to do some autumnal nail art- especially for halloween!! Weeeee!! I love halloween… and my blog is a great way for me to showcase my holiday spirit! Halloween is all about orange and black, but my fave combo for the holiday is actually green and purple. This mani is kinda crazy looking and perhaps a little fugly, but I don’t care! I’ll wear pretty much anything on these nails- and I’ll love it too! lol
What I’m wearing:
♥ one coat of Nailtiques #2
♥ two coats of Essence lime green called L.O.L.
♥ one coat of seche vite to make the green dry quickly
♥ then I used painters tape to create the crescent/halfmoon line
♥ then I applied one coat of Milani TEXTURE in Purple Streak and then peeled the tape off
This mani was quick and easy!!
Would you wear nails like these, or is the color scheme a little too ‘out there’ for you?
You can view some of the other halfmoon designs for the #31DC2013 right here:
China Glaze Smoke and Ashes from the Hunger Games collection…. with halloween themed dots!
Use contrasting shades so the dots stand out, even in the shade.
For this simple Halloween mani I painted my nails with China Glaze- Smoke and Ashes from the Hunger Games collection. Unfortunately, I don’t like the formula of this polish … it is super-thick and goopy. It didn’t apply well from the get-go…so a couple months ago I added some Seche polish thinner/restorer. The consistency is much better now! I applied two coats of Smoke and Ashes and then added a bunch of alternating colored dots! For orange and white dots I used China Glaze Sun Worshiper and Sally Hansen French White Tip. For green and purple dots I used Sally Hansen Lickety-Split Lime and Revlon Charming.
My recommendation for dotting success- use opaque polishes so you only need to apply each dot once. By the way, dotting tools are pretty cheap. I just got a set on amazon for $3.99 🙂