Happy Halloween Everyone! So you might remember from my post on Wednesday about how tired I was after taking care of sick children and the household duties. Well right after I finished that post I tried to go to bed, I say tried because as soon as I closed my eyes the idea for this year's spooky scene Halloween manicure popped into my head. Has this ever happened to anyone else? Of course, I couldn't just fall asleep then. I had to really think about the idea and how I would create it on my nails. And then I was wide awake, over thinking the manicure and ended up with this.
Taking my inspiration from all those black lace manicures that have been floating around the internet lately, I tried for a foggy, haunted house look. Trust me this looked amazing in my head. Turns out I didn't have the exact images I wanted in my stamping plate collection. Guess what I will be working on in the next few months. You guessed it, picking up some holiday-themed stamping plates.
For this manicure, I started out with 2 very thin coats of Sally Hansen Big Smoky top coat. After that was dry, using Zoya Black Swan and image plates BM-213 (bats) BM-305 (house) and SH-207 (tree) I created my spooky scene. I topped everything off with a healthy coat of Seche Vite.
I actually like the ring finger best and it was a bit of an accident. I ended up bumping the tip of the finger before it was dry. In my attempt to fix it I dabbed on a little more of the Big Smoky top coat. I like the way it looks like there's actual ground there and not just VNL. It made me wish I'd stamped the other images higher up on the nail so I could make the same effect on all of them. I'll have to remember that for next time.
I still really love the concept for this manicure, I just wish I would have executed it a bit better. One thing that I am proud of is that this turned out much better than my attempted Halloween manicure from last year. That shows I'm making progress in my nail art ideas and skills. And that ladies and gentlemen is the reason why I started this blog. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!