Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jack O Lanterns

It’s Halloween! I can’t believe that it’s almost November! This manicure was inspired by my neighbor’s front porch display of jack o lanterns and other Halloween decorations.I started this design with three coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – Sun Kissed (I could have used two, but I wanted to make sure that there was even coverage). I then applied a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat (I was impatient). I then used a green acrylic paint (Oumaxi, purchased from eBay) to paint the stems and vines at the base of each of my nails using one of the brushes in my nail art brush set (I’m not sure of the name of the brush, sort of had a square tip). I then mixed some orange and brown acrylic pain together to create the lines on the pumpkins using a medium striping brush. I let that dry and then used the same brush that I did the stems and vines in to create the eyes and mouths on the pumpkin using black acrylic paint. I let the eyes and mouths dry for a short time and then I applied a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat to finish it off. Well, that’s it for now, watch for another post tomorrow 🙂

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Tombstone Nails

Hello again (today)! Well, tomorrow is Halloween, and I for one am glad, I was starting to have a hard time coming up with ideas. Today’s nails are tombstone/graveyard nails. I started with two coats of Pure Ice – Kiss Me Here. I let that dry and used a nail art brush and black acrylic paint to write “RIP” on my nails (I attempted to write “Berry Dalive” on my middle finger, but I started my writing too big). I then made a mixture of green acrylic paint, brown acrylic paint, and a little bit of yellow acrylic paint to create the grass-colored mixture for the tips of my nails (the bottom of the tombstones). I finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat.

Carrie

So last night my boyfriend and I (check out his soccer blog here) were on Netflix and we saw that Carrie (the 2002 TV movie version) was on. Neither of us had seen it before so we decided to watch it. I won’t give any spoilers or anything (although, 10 years later, I don’t know if they still count as spoilers). Anyway, my nails tonight were inspired by a certain scene towards the end of the movie. I thought that they would work as a nail design and fit in with my Halloween week (sort of). So since I already had another design done, you get two designs today (lucky you)! Anyway to create the manicure I started with one coat of Pure Ice – Peony. Because I didn’t have a light enough pink to match the dress that Carrie wore to the Prom, I topped the Peony with two coats (three on some nails because I wasn’t being careful) of Sally Hansen French Manicure Natural Color. I then used the splatter method to create the blood splatter with Pure Ice – Siren. I topped it off with two coats of Sally Hansen Anti-Chip Top Coat. Check back later today for another Halloween-inspired manicure (and tomorrow as well). 

Candy Corn

Only a few more days until Halloween. This design was inspired by, what else…CANDY CORN! It’s a simple, yet effective Halloween design. I started by painting my whole nail white with Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Nail Color – White Tip. I let that dry. I free-hand painted the tips of my nails yellow with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Lightening. I let that dry as well. I then very carefully panted an orange strip in the middle of my nail (painting from left to right instead of down to up) using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – Sun Kissed. There are also some tutorials using tape, but I didn’t feel like being super careful while painting these (after all, they’re based off of candy and I’ve had some deformed candy before). I topped the design off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. 

Halloween Splatter

Well, hello. This design, I have to admit did not turn out how I planned and to be honest, I’m not fond of the way it turned out. I attempted to do a splatter mani, but failed miserably. I won’t attempt to describe what I did, because I’m not sure I can describe it properly, but if you search for “splatter nails” there is a ton of results. I’ll tell you the colors I used though. For the base, I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Midnight in NY. I then attempted to splatter with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Orchid Express, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Lickety-Split Lime, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear – Sun Kissed. Check back tomorrow for a (hopefully better) Halloween nail design.

Green Slime

Ok, I tried a few designs for today, and I just couldn’t get anything to work. I finally tried the “drip manicure” (there are a variety of tutorials out there). To create this manicure, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Midnight in NY. I topped that off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat (so it would dry faster). I then used a dotting tool to create three dots on each of my nails (spaced out so they didn’t touch) using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Lickety-Split Lime. I then used a nail art brush to create the drip effect from the dot to the tip of my nail. I repeated this for all dots on all my nails. Once the dots and drips had dried I painted a French-Tip style line in the same color as the drips. I think they turned out looking like slime dripping. Check back tomorrow for another Halloween inspired design!

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Eye’ll Be Watching You

These nails are loosely inspired by those google-y eyes used in arts and crafts. I started by applying two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Midnight in NY. I let that dry and used white acrylic paint and a dotting tool to create the white part of the eyes. I let that dry as well and then used a smaller dotting tool to create the black pupil in the white part of the eye. I topped it off with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. That’s it for this design, check back tomorrow for another Halloween inspired design!

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