Spiderweb Manicure

When it’s late October, the countdown to Halloween starts! There are so many fun things you can put on your nails at this time of year to celebrate the day, but I’ve chosen to highlight spiders and their webs first.

To start, I used a sparkly black holographic polish from F.U.N. Lacquer called Last Doubt. This allows for some slight contrast against the black spiders that will be put on top shortly.

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2 coats of Last Doubt provide the perfect sparkly base for this spooky manicure.

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Fun Halloween Themed Nails

Happy November! This post is coming a little late because I’ve been swamped with trying to get a lot of pictures edited and ready for the blog (not to mention work!), but I think you guys will still enjoy seeing my journey for this manicure!

I did my nails the night before Halloween, and while I didn’t have any spectacular plans to go out, I did want to be festive. I went with a various selection of stamped images on top of a dark background.

To start, I prepared my nails with Born Pretty Liquid Peel Off Tape and then painted my nails with Legend from Formula X for Sephora.

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I kind of wish I hadn’t painted the peel off tape first because this shade is gorgeous and deserved its own swatch photo!

Next I took a small piece of a makeup sponge and applied Jetsetter from Formula X and blended it with Legend to create a vampy gradient.

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Because each shade has shimmery particles in it, the textures blend extra well together.

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Spooky October Nails

It wouldn’t be October unless I had at least one Halloween themed manicure!  I’ve been dying to be able to paint, but I haven’t had the time, so I did some stamping instead.

To begin, I painted my nails with Funky by Formula X.  It’s a metallic chrome blue that has slight color shifting abilities where it turns more gold at different angles.

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Funky by Formula X.

I went old school this time and pulled out my original Bundle Monster Series 1 plate collection for the patterns.  These were some of the first plates that I purchased on Amazon years ago.

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BM 13 plate by Bundle Monster has some creepy crawly stuff on it, perfect for an October mani.

The stamping polishes used were gold and silver colors by Ya Qin An and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.  I used a double layer technique to make sure the images could be seen over the blue base color.

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I stamped my chosen designs with silver polish first. I stamped an extra bat on my middle nail to fill in the space. To make the spiders contrast with the web, I used gold polish. Using a clear stamper and black polish, I staggered the patterns just enough to form a highlight behind each image.

The truth is that if you try to stamp black polish directly onto the blue, you can’t really see the design, which defeats the purpose.  Double stamping is a great way to make the images really pop.

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I can’t say that this was quick to do, but the results came out nicely!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your October, and if you celebrate, have a Happy Halloween!  Happy polishing!

Gothic Inspired Lace Manicure

I guess all the advertising for Halloween has been getting to me, and it’s not even October!  Funny how the goth look is considered a costume and not just a style, but it was a good excuse to break out my lace pattern plate from Born Pretty Store.

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BPL-030 plate from Born Pretty Store.

I wanted to do a metal and lace juxtaposition, so I started by painting my nails with Missy by Julep.

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Shimmery silver goodness: Missy by Julep.

I used b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black with the pattern from the 2nd row, right side of plate BPL-030 to stamp the flower part of the design on the top left section of each nail.

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Stamping with b.m.c. nail lacquer in noir black and plate BPL-030 from Born Pretty Store.

The fact that the lace looks almost like a spiderweb makes the mani Halloween appropriate.

All that was left to do was apply topcoat.  For extra bling, I placed a rhinestone in the center of each flower, adhering each jewel with Kiss Nail Art Glue.

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The finished Gothic lace look.

And that’s all you need to do in order to get a quick chic manicure!  Happy polishing!