Hey everyone! It’s about to get freaky in here, the living dead kind of freaky!
Here’s my first creepy mani for the Halloween season. I usually lean towards the more glam side of Halloween, but a good old zombie mani never hurt anybody!
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- For the base colour I painted my thumb grey (KL Polish Cancer), my pointer, middle and pinky a dusty blue (KL Polish Cozy in There?) and my ring finger a light pink (Maniology Ballet Flats Stamping Polish).
- I then made a gradient on the blue nails using the same dusty blue, a dusty purple (KL Polish Mozart) and a muted navy (KL Polish 1435) on a cometic sponge wedge. I usually have to build the shades up a few times, letting the polish mostly dry in between each layer. I then finished off the gradient by immediately applying top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) to help further blend the gradient.
- For all the designs in this mani I used the Lina Nail Art Supplies Spookilicious! 01 Stamping Plate. This is an awesome plate for Halloween because it has a variety of designs on it, from zombies to witches and ghosts to typical Halloween designs like candy corn.
- For the thumb I reverse stamped a skull design from the Spookilicious! stamping plate. I used a black stamping polish (Maniology Straight Up Black) with the What’s Up Nails XL Jelly Stamper and filled in the skulls with white (Maniology Bam! White Stamping Polish) with the Maniology 106 Drawing Brush. What reverse stamping means is that you transfer the pattern from the plate onto your stamper with a polish shade that you want to be your outline, and then you fill in the design with different polish colours directly on the stamper. After that has dried, you can then stamp the whole pattern onto your nail.
- Before applying the reverse stamped design, I applied another coat of base coat to my thumb and allowed it to dry for a minute or two. This made the nail slightly tacky, so that the designs would transfer better. I then transferred the design. As you will see in my video, I forgot to film my thumb so it isn’t included in the video tutorial unfortunately.
- For the rest of my fingers I used the same black stamping polish to transfer zombies on to the gradient nails, and an intestine design to the ring finger from the Spookilicious! stamping plate.
- I finished off the mani by applying the Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat (Use code SUPERNOVA10 to save 10% off Maniology purchases (affiliate)), followed by my regular glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) and a matte top coat (Orly Matte Top).
Creepy enough for you? This type of mani isn’t usually my jam, but I was excited to try a new theme! Not all Halloween manis can be glam!
Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!