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Happy Halloween. As October closes, I am finally caught up on all my articles! At the beginning of the year, I intended to start using my large nail polish collection more regularly. Life got in the way (the same reason for some untimely articles), and nail polish was not on my mind. Now, that I am trying to get back into the beauty world, I’ve decided to start painting again. A mini manicure each week is therapeutic even though it takes a lot of time, so I am going to get back on track. Halloween nails are a lot of fun, so I could not think of a better time to start again. I also wanted to see what an uncreative person could come up with, so I needed something cute that was not too difficult.
I am as uncreative as they come, so I tried to think of the easiest possible design I could actually paint on myself but something that still represented Halloween. Orange and black colors were a given but white would also be helpful. This is also a look that requires no tutorials, not that I can imagine anyone wanting a tutorial from me anyway.
For this look, I used Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat (clear), Julep Vanna (off-white), Julep Hermoine (white crackle), Julep Nicola (orange micro-glitter iridescent glow in the dark top coat), Crabtree & Evelyn Clementine, a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen White, and a Sephora fine tip nail art pen Black. Compare these to my other orange and white polishes.
After laying down the base coat on all nails, I painted Clementine on all but my ring fingers. I only need one coat. Then, I covered all eight with Hermoine. On the ring fingers, I painted two coats of Vanna (the polish disperses a bit, so it will look full in some areas and patchy in others with one coat).
After the second layer set, I used the Sephora pen to draw Jack Skellington’s face. Draw a stick figure mouth with vertical lines going all across it. Two small vertical lines make the nose. If you’re talented enough to make the eyes look awesome, I say go for it. My talents are not there, so I just moved the pen around as best I could without taking care for the actual shape. People will get the point. Clean up any spills with the white pen. My left did not need any clean up, but I did need to fix some on the right (I am right handed and can barley draw with my right hand let alone my left). You can see where the clean up occurred (above), but it looks a lot better than it did when I made the mistake. Here’s what the better version of Jack looked like. Much closer than my right hand!
Once everything dried (or as dry as I could get it, because I ran out of time), I used my Nicola topcoat. This made the white polishes look slightly off white and orangish, but I wanted glow in the dark nails for Halloween more than I wanted a special design. It appears to work best with stark white nails, but these do glow slightly the way they are. I do not own a camera capable of capturing that, so this is Julep’s picture.
Overall, I am happy with this. If I was a nail expert, I’d probably be disappointed. For someone who can barely paint, I am grateful cosmetic companies come out with hacks like crackle polish. I tested another white crackle polish in my arsenal, Sephora by OPI blasted white, but it did not do as well.