If there’s one thing I really miss about being a kid, it’s experiencing Halloween to the extreme. Putting on a funky hat for work is simply not the same as preparing an elaborate costume, mapping out the best trick-or-treating routes, and the sugar-induced coma which follows the dumping of the candy haul in the living room.
I want to help you relive those happy memories, and I’ve got the perfect nail art tutorial to do it. From China Glaze’s Ghouls’ Night Out collection for Halloween 2015, these beautiful shades in Drink Up Witches and Lady and the Vamp came to me from Nail Polish Canada. If you’re a nail polish fanatic and live in Canada you need to check them out; they’ve got thousands of shades from all different brands, as well as makeup and even beauty tools. They’re easy to shop with, offer free shipping with orders over $25, and have awesome customer service. Thank you NPC and Tiffany in particular for making this fun tutorial happen!
The two looks today are inspired by the classic jack-o’-lan·tern and Frankenstein’s monster. They’re both super simple, only thing to note is that the polish must dry COMPLETELY between coats. Prepare yourself for a spook-tacular presentation!
Start with two coats of Drink Up Witches ($7.95, NPC*). Like most China Glaze shades, this one’s absolute rubbish with just one coat. You’ll notice I’m not one for being clean when painting nails – that’s what a remover-soaked Q-tip is for at the end!
Using a black polish with a thin applicator of your choice (Quo by Orly Instant Artist Black used here – Shoppers Drug Mart) draw the monster’s jagged hair on the accent nail. Easiest way to go about this is to draw a straight line and then crisscross triangles at its edge and fill the whole thing in. Again, don’t worry about getting it perfect!
Use a small dotting tool like the Essence Nail Art Duo Stylist ($2.49, Ulta*) to create eyeballs for your green friend. Not sure how? Drip a bit of polish onto a sheet of paper towel, dip the wider end of the tool in, and apply firmly on the nail.
Using the smaller side of the same tool give Frank his pupils and mouth. Remember that Q-tip? Time to use it to clean up around the edges!
How cute is he?! You can use the same black polish to create stitches across the other nails. Add a shiny top coat (or better yet, a glow-in-the-dark one!) and prepare to amaze your friends into their afterlives.
For the second look, start with two coats of Lady and the Vamp ($7.95, NPC*). This one’s such a pretty neon orange and is perfect for a pumpkin-inspired mani.
Using your thin-brushed black polish, draw two tipi shapes near the top of the chosen accent nail. Then make a rough W shape below it to form the toothy grin, and fill it in until satisfied.
You can easily add a spiderweb design to the other nails by drawing two +’s (one diagonally) and connecting the lines. Such fun! What are your Halloween 2015 plans, and more importantly, which of these designs will YOU be featuring?!
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