Bats in the Twilight Mani | Halloween 2018

Hello everyone! Today I’m here with a baby step into Halloween. This mani is actually so simple I almost didn’t cover it, but the polishes I used are just so beautiful, I couldn’t not!

Last week I placed an order with a nail polish retailer that is new to me, Harlow & Co. While my favourite retailer is typically Nail Polish Canada, they didn’t carry the next Cirque Colors shades that I had my eye on (although they have a truly wonderful selection of new and discontinued polishes on their website!). Harlow & Co. is a company that was formed in Canada in an effort to make international and indie nail polish brands more accessible to the general consumer in Canada, since shipping nail polish is such a freaking nightmare. I ordered last week, and I already received my polishes on Monday, so I’m stoked!

Two of the polishes I got in my order were Cirque Colours Dusky Skies and Velvetine. Dusky Skies is a violet-blue with a bright fuchsia shimmer and Velvetine is a slate blue with a copper shimmer. Both shades have a scattered holo sparkle throughout, making them extra gorgeous! At first sight, I knew I had to use them immediately!





  1. For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat (Orly Bonder), Cirque Colors Dusky Skies to my thumb, pointer and pinky, and Cirque Colors Velvetine to my middle and ring fingers. Two coats worked well for Velvetine, but Dusky Skies looked best with three.
  2. To prepare for doing a gradient, I applied the Mini Mani Moo Mess No More Liquid Nail Art Tape around the cuticle on my ring finger. Then using a cosmetic sponge, I painted both shades onto the sponge in two stripes next to each other, and then I dabbed the sponge on my nail (with the Velvetine stripe near the cuticle, and Dusky Skies near the nail edge). To achieve full opacity, I repeated this step multiple times, letting the polish dry a bit in between.
  3. I then applied a fast drying top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) to all of my nails.
  4. After letting my nails dry completely (hours), I used the What’s Up Nails Bats Stencils on my ring finger. Unfortunately these stencils are no longer available, but they did just come out with full-sheet bat stencils. You could definitely do this mani with those. Once the stencil was applied, I painted a black polish, China Glaze Liquid Leather, directly onto the stencil, and removed it! Voila, a cute triplet of bats.
  5. After letting the bats dry completely to avoid streaking, I applied another coat of Seche Vite to my ring finger.

Overall, I think that this is a great way to take a baby step into Halloween. I wasn’t necessarily planning on starting Halloween mani’s this soon, but these polish shades seemed so perfect for it! I’m also happy that I kept this mani very simple so that the polish shades could really be the star of the show!

What mani do you want to see me do next? Let me know!

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19 thoughts on “Bats in the Twilight Mani | Halloween 2018

  1. This looks so good! Your gradient looks so clean – I’m always so envious of your skills! What great shades to use for an early Halloween nail look.

    I love Harlow & Co for indie polishes! It’s where I get all of my ILNP polishes. Nail Polish Canada also has them, but they’re always out of stock on shades.

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    1. Thank you! I definitely went over the gradient 3-4 times to really help it along! I ordered some of the new ILNP too! Riddle Me This and Underground from the Fall Equinox line. I can’t wait to use them!


    1. Thank you so much! I think gradients just take a little practice! Instead of bouncing the sponge straight up and down on your nail, try blending slightly up and down the nail just a tiny bit, to really mesh the colour transitions!


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