A Vampy Pedicure

Halloween in just around the corner and I wanted to do a halloween-ey theme with blood or cobwebs.  I could do green zombies but, eeh,,,maybe something a bit grown up for the office instead of cartoon faces peeking out of my peep toes. Black shatter was out, after all, I do black shatter on any given day so it wasnt “dark” enough for me.

I would have loved to have done a perfect creme black nail with a red glitter cobweb design but I didn’t have a good enough brush to do the design clean.  Instead, I stuck with the gradients theme this weekend and did a red and black glitter cloud design.  I found an awesome creme red and a red glitter in a red jelly that called out to me at the store.  I had to use them.

Orly Ridgefiller Sinful Colors Ruby Red Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet Seche Vite Top CoatOrly RidgeFiller, Sinful Colors Ruby Red, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet, Seche Vite Top Coat

vamp pedicureI painted the nail with Ruby Red and then sponged on Black out in areas.  I covered the entire nail with Red Carpet to give it some extra depth.  I love the red glitter in the jelly, it makes me want to paint more things with it.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet  Sinful Colors Ruby Red

Red is difficult to clean from the skin so you may want to opt for straight acetone when cleaning up.  That way the cleanup is quick and easy.  Using a stiff chisel brush dipped in acetone is the quickest way for me.

What Halloween nail designs will you guys be doing? Or have you one that you found online that you want to do?

Starry Night Manicure

Starry Night Manicure Starry Night Nails

My fellow blogger Kit found this awesome galaxy nail photo that I was dying to duplicate myself. I didn’t quite understand the directions until way later and hope the next time around will look just like it.

How awesome is that, guys? I mean, really. I didn’t quite understand how you could spatter such small specks but I now realize this is done with a brush being bent over ( kinda like how you would feel one in the store to feel the bristles). The bigger “stars” are done

with a stippling brush and a steady hand.

starry night manicure starry night nails

So instead of galaxy nails I ended up with starry night nails that I think turned out just as well. Mine have more sparkle to them since I used some glitters and holo’s.sally hansen nail hardener sinful colors midnight blue sally hansen black out essie mezmerised

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Hardener, Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, Essie Mezmerised
Sally hansen Celeb City OPI Teenage Dream INM Northern Lights Silver Holo Orly Seche Vite Top CoaTSally Hansen Xtreme Wear Celeb City, OPI Teenage Dream, INM Northern Lights Silver Holo, Orly French tip White, Seche Vite Top Coat

Before starting this design, it’s best to have your cuticles and fingers moisturized so they don’t pick up excess (dark) polish. The more moisturized they are, the better the final outcome. To begin, I first used nail hardener, and did my base color as Midnight Blue. I then took a bit of makeup sponge (a piece clipped off from a wedge) and tweezers and used Black Out to create a darker gradation in different areas on the nail. Yes, you will get it all over your finger as well, just leave it for now. I then used Mezmerised to create a lighter blue gradation on the other side of the nail so it went from bright to dark.

Because this was intended to look like a galaxy, you need to create star-dust. I did this by using Teenage Dream and Northern lights in different areas of the nail. I then added Celeb City near the edge of my nails. I used a nail art brush to draw bigger “stars” with the Orly French Tip White.

Clean up the nail with a q-tip and nail polish remover or nail art brush. Finish with a shiny top coat.

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails

starry night manicure starry night nails