Gothic Roses Mani | Halloween 2018

Hello everyone! Happy early Halloween! I think most of the world is celebrating Halloween tonight, since it’s much better to party on a Saturday than a Wednesday. So with that being said, here is another Halloween mani!








  1. For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
  2. Then I painted my thumb, pointer finger and pinky a darker sparkly polish, ILNP Underground. Isn’t this shade gorgeous and so unique? It has a black jelly base with amber shimmer, holographic sparkles and orange-red-green colour shifting flakes. Yum! I then painted my middle and ring fingers a shade of deep red (Zoya Alyssa).
  3. To do a gradient on my middle and ring fingers, I used red (Zoya Alyssa) and black (China Glaze Liquid Leather) polishes on a sponge. I painted one stripe of each shade beside each other on a cosmetic wedge sponge, and dabbed it on my nails. To achieve full opacity, I repeated this step multiple times, letting the polish dry a bit in between.
  4. To do the roses on my middle finger I used black and white polishes (China Glaze Liquid Leather and White on White) with a toothpick. I first placed a drop of each nail polish shade on a piece of paper so that they were next to each other, touching. I then dabbed the toothpick back and forth between the colours to get a bit of both on the toothpick. I then tapped the toothpick in little C-shapes to form the petals of the rose. As you can see it forms swirly little blobs that resemble roses. If you want something more precise, you can apply one colour at a time, letting it dry in between. Then you will get colour separation instead of swirling. But I kind of like the swirling effect. I then finished off the roses by adding black leaves with a toothpick, and a silver center (Fingerpaints Easel Come, Easel Go!). Make sure you let this nail dry for a very long time before adding topcoat, to prevent smearing.
  5. For the ring finger I actually used temporary tattoos. I selected and cut out some barbed wire strands and a small black skull from the Rimmel Halloween temporary tattoo sheet that they just released (I found mine in Shopper’s Drug Mart, but it’s likely available at any retailer that has Rimmel). Before applying I made sure my nails were dry. I then soaked one temporary tattoo at a time in water for 30 seconds, pressed it onto my nail, and removed the paper backing. Voila! I don’t know if I dropped a bit of acetone on that nail or what, but some of the temporary tattoo disintegrated a bit, giving it a more grungy look, which I’m ok with.
  6. I then applied a top coat to all of my nails (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat).

The main reason I did this mani was because I wanted to use that ILNP shade in Underground. It’s just so stunning and the perfect moody but sparkly Halloween shade! I also love doing roses too, so it was fun doing them with a gothic twist!

What are you being for Halloween? Do you have any plans?

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8 thoughts on “Gothic Roses Mani | Halloween 2018

  1. Pretty! My Halloween plans are the usual. Have some movies I like to specifically watch on Halloween. Like Rocky Horror, Phantom of the Paradise, Nightmare Before Christmas & The Crow.

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