Tuesday, October 22, 2013

BEAUTY: Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

It's no secret that I'm pretty into Halloween, and as with most holidays, I like to show that appreciation on my nails. The colors and themes of Halloween are just so much more fun than other holidays (sorry trees and eggs) and they really lend themselves to nail art. I was planning an eyeball manicure this year, but today I had second thoughts and was struck by indecision, resulting in a different design on every digit.

There are SO many other options that would be fun to add here, like candy corn, Dracula, witch, candy apple, werewolf...I ran out of fingernails way before I ran out of ideas. Here's my take on Halloween nail art and a step-by-step guide on how you can recreate the look:

WHAT YOU NEED
White Nail Polish {White by Wet n Wild}
Blue Nail Polish {Blue Me Away! by Sally Hansen}
Red Nail Polish {223 by NYC}
Lime Green Nail Polish {Innocent by Sinful Colors}
Gray Nail Polish {Light Grey by Forever 21}
Orange Nail Polish {Orange Overload by Savvy}
Seche Vite Top Coat  //  Sharpie(s)  //  Dotting Tools  //  Nail Art Brush (optional)

HOW TO DO IT
Paint a colored base for each nail. I applied white polish on my pinky and index finger, orange on my ring finger, green on my middle finger and gray on my thumb.

For the blood spatter design, first paint a red stripe at the tip of the nail. Using a nail art brush or small dotting tool draw drips of red polish from the stripe toward the middle of the nail. Messy is fine here!

For the jack o'lantern design, use a Sharpie to draw the eyes and mouth. My orange polish reacted weirdly with the Sharpie for some reason, so I topped mine with black nail polish. Usually drawing with a Sharpie works wonders and is SO much easier than nail polish, but it can be unpredictable.

For Frankenstein, draw a zig zag line near the base of your nail [a] and fill in the empty space [b]. Next, use a dotting tool to make two white dots slightly above the zig zag [c]. Draw a black line above the dots with polish or a Sharpie [d] and add short perpendicular lines over it to look like stitches [e]. Add small black dots over the white dots to complete the eyes [f].

For the bloodshot eyeball, use a nail art brush or small dotting tool to draw squiggly red lines around the borders of your nail [a]. Next, draw a blue circle in the center of your nail with a dotting tool [b] and top it with a smaller black circle for a pupil [c]. Optionally, you can add a tiny white dot over the black and blue area as a highlight [d].

For the mummy, draw a thick-ish black stripe about a quarter of the way down your nail with polish or a Sharpie [a]. Use a thin brush or Sharpie to add random diagonal lines for the wrapping [b]. Use a dotting tool to make two white dots in the center of the black stripe [c] and top them with smaller black dots to finish [d].

Finish everything with top coat and ta-da! Your motley crew of Halloween nail art characters is complete. 

Here are some closeups of the designs:





Are you into holiday themed nails? Have you ever tried Sharpies on your nails? Don't you think that, despite his flaws, Frankenstein is kind of adorable?


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32 comments:

  1. Very cute! I think holiday-themed nails are adorable, though I haven't done any on myself this year due to laziness. :P

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    1. Thanks! I totally get the nail laziness. Before this mine were bare for weeks! xo

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  2. Oh using a sharpie is a good idea. More precise too! I'm so ungraceful with dotting tools. Love this! I guess I know what my nails will look like on Halloween! :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Using a new Sharpie makes nail art soooo much easier. Hope you try it and love it! xo

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  3. I love these clever ideas! :) What a great blog! Let me know if you want to follow each other to keep in touch! :)

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com

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    1. Awwww, thanks! Really, I'm just decent with a marker! xo

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  5. Haha I'm not this intense but I love the blood and the jack-o-lantern! I can definitely do those!

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! Yes, those ones are super simple, especially the blood. Even if you mess it up it still looks "right." xo

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  6. these are awesome! thanks for stopping by my blog, you've got a pretty awesome one too. :D

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    1. Thank you, that's so nice of you to say! xo

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  7. Super cute and scary!! Perfect Halloween nails. Wish I could do something like that too but I just don't have the skills :)

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    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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    1. I promise it's WAY easier than it seems, especially the blood drips! xo

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  8. These are so cool! Love the Frankenstein one.
    Trish

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    1. Thanks! I love staring at him on my nails :) xo

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  9. I LOVE these!! They look so festive- I'm so impressed with your nail art!!

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    1. Thank you! I promise, it's much easier than it might look! xo

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  10. This is such a cute tutorial! I will give it a try, it looks amazing for halloween.

    -Vogue&Heels
    www.vogueandheels.com

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    1. Thanks - hope you do give it a try and it goes well! xo

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  11. such a great tutorial, amazing ideas!!
    xx Vera & Rony
    http://wattwewear.com/

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  12. Such cute nails!

    x Angela
    www.bouncingbrunette.wordpress.com

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