the final week in the diy october challenge is here! this week erin and i challenged each other to come up with some halloween nail art, and even though the internet is crammed with hundreds of ideas and tutorials, here are my own versions.
i've tried to break my designs up into difficulty levels, with these first five being the easiest. all you need to achieve any of these looks is your chosen varnishes, a sponge for the gradient nails, and either a nail art pen or dotting tool for the spots and stripes. the blood spatter is my favourite design (& obviously very dexter inspired!) and all i did here was soak a cotton bud in nail varnish remover and swirled it over the top of a layer of red nail varnish.
the second five designs are supposed to represent a spooky night time scene, and took the longest out of all the designs. i have this nail dotting/brush set which is great, and mainly used the smallest brush for each design. these were really hard to photograph as it's meant to be a night time scene, so in case you can't make them out, from left to right we have: a cat in a tree, a ghost, two vampire bats, a full moon and starry sky, and some gravestones.
these final five are probably my favourite; they aren't too tricky and are all really effective- i haven't decided which ones to go for on my nails yet though!
i again used a very fine brush for the pumpkin/skull features and the cobweb, though i think you could easily just use a cuticle stick or pin head if you don't have nail art tools. i posted about the technique for marbled nails here, and it's by far the best way i've ever done it- so easy! i also used my glitter gal holographic nail varnish for the cobweb which i think works really well- i think it would also look great for the skull.
and there we have it, the last in our month of diy challenges! i hope you've enjoyed mine and erin's collaboration, it's been so much fun coming up with different challenges, and has definitely kept me inspired. thank you erin! and click here to see what she has come up with this week!