After the fun I had with the ghosts, I realized the Halloween nail art bug had bit and hit YouTube looking for more easy designs with a high cute factor and came across this video by MissJenFabulous from 2012 where she shares not one but five how-to nail art ideas in one video. Talk about making my life easier. I had to try them all (well except the eye one because that was too creepy). First, here is her how to video (don’t worry, it’s only 6 minutes):
The vampire one was a little more challenging than Frankie. Dracula is cute but I think I put his eyes too far apart. I need more practice with the faces on my nail beds so I can get used to spacing — I might draw some nail beds on paper to get in some practice on such a small canvas. I am a little pissed my top coat brush picked up the red and transferred to the white (I don’t understand, I used quick drops and waiting until they were dry). For the base I used Julep’s Bunny and for the blood red I used Julep’s Myrtle (a fave red). For the detail I used my Sally Hansen nail art pen in black. I love the dripping blood on this one, even if you don’t care for the vampire accent nail the bloody nails can be used for so many costumes and for me was the best part of this nail art. I have seen this technique used with other colors for effect too. Now that I have done it I am looking forward to doing it again.
For the skull nail art I used Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure in 410 Lavender Cloud (also used for ghost nail art a few weeks ago) for the base and for the black accent I used the L.A. Colors Art Deco lacquer. I was looking forward to doing the skulls because they are a little edgier but when it came down to it I found it a lot harder than I expected. I think that is because the pattern is repeated over all nails instead of just the accent nails like the other two. There was more pressure of screwing up. I also found that after finishing the details on one hand my bottle of L.A. Colors was gooping up. So much so I had to add thinner to keep going. When I first did the skulls I didn’t like them but as the day wore on they really grew on me. And they look pretty cool upside down too. My husband thought they were ghosts at first. Again, I think I need more practice with eye placement, perhaps a bigger dotting tool too.
I skipped the eyeballs, they look cute but I think I’d get creeped out looking at them all day. I am in the process of working on the ghoulies with my basecoat colors already in place. I love the color combination so much that I am going to enjoy them for a few days before I put the faces on them but I wanted to get this post up. I will definitely update this post when I do. There is no top coat on these yet but the colors from pinky: Julep’s Fiona, Rimmel Lasting Pro Finish 370 Wild Orchid (fave), Revlon Brilliant Strength 220 Provoke, and Julep’s Bess.
Update: Here is the ghoulie nail art. I hate them. I just could not get control of my brush. But even though they are a mess there is something kind of cute about them. I definitely still love the base color combinations.
Of all of these Frankie was definitely the easiest for me but I definitely enjoyed doing them all. You have to give it a go. It’s been seriously fun.
* Check out more of Jen’s nail art tutorials at Polish and Pearls