"Halloween is an open invitation to push the boundaries of glamour, creativity, and spookiness."
When I read this quote from the China Glaze press release announcing their Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection, I thought, YES... SO MUCH THIS. I've never seen a better descriptor of the way I feel about Halloween. It's that one time during the year when I can be more kooky and get away with it. *smile*
If you're not into costumes, doing some nail art with a nod to Halloween can be a fun way to participate. A few easy ideas...
Clockwise from top left:
1. Dermelect ME Head Turner (a lighter, more true orange in person) with white chevron nail stickers from Nailed It Decals on Etsy. The skinny ones work best for small nail beds.
2. Lynderella Cauldron Drippings over China Glaze Liquid Leather.
3. China Glaze For Audrey with Hello Kitty nail decals over China Glaze White on White.
4. My HK decals lasted less than 24 hours (pouting happened), so I removed them and replaced them with good old CG Liquid Leather. I kinda dig the turq/black combo.
Then I got really crazy and tried googly eye nails. Wheeeeeee!
This is pretty straightforward nail art, but creating googly eyes with your non-dominant hand can still be tricky.
Here's what I did, clockwise from top left:
1. Paint nails black. Let nails dry.
2. Dab a blob of white nail polish on a piece of paper. Dip the large side of a big-headed toothpick into the polish and dab it on your nail to create a dot. Repeat to create the other dot. Repeat with as many nails as desired. Allow nails to dry.
3. Dip the pointy side of the toothpick into a blob of black polish (or you can use a dotting tool). Lightly dot the black polish on the white circles to create pupils.
4. Finish off with a top coat after the black dots are slightly dry. This will avoid dragging of the colors.
5. (Optional) Take ridiculous pics of yourself making googly eyes. This is a lot harder than it looks, folks. It really is.
I clearly have way too much time on my hands.
I'll post my costume and more nail stuff next week.
Happy Halloween, lovies!