Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween gravestone nail art!

Hello, my spooooky loves, and happy Halloween! Today I'm SUPER excited to show you my second set of Halloween nails. Gravestones with ACTUAL FLOWERS on them!

Gravestone Halloween nail art

I was having a lot of trouble last night deciding on the nails I wanted to wear for Halloween. I had been thinking all month of doing full-nail gravestones but I really wanted to somehow jazz them up and make them look cooler or more realistic or something. Then all of a sudden while I was in the shower I remembered that I had these dried flowers that Born Pretty Store sent me for review a while back. I hadn't used them yet because even though I was pumped about them, I wanted to think of some way to use them other than just sticking them on my nails... and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!

Gravestone Halloween nail art

To do these nails I started with a base of two coats of Zoya Carey, a gorgeous, slightly blue-toned light gray creme with perfect coverage and application. Then I took a small, short brush and sort of dabbed on Essence Movie Star, a medium true gray, all over each nail. I went back over the nails with more dabs of Carey to even everything out. I freehanded the crosses and lettering in black with a mid-length striper and then outlined them with Carey to make them pop a bit more and look more 3-d.

Gravestone Halloween nail art

Then came the part I was nervous about... the actual sticking on of the flowers. It was a lot easier than I thought it might be. The flowers I got come in a circular case with a rotating lid that has only one hole in it, so when you want to get only one color flower out you don't have to dump out the entire thing or worry about spilling. There were a bunch of larger flowers and then groupings of tiny little flowers, and I used the tiny ones. I cut the groups apart carefully with cuticle nippers and used tweezers to pick them up. I experimented with a couple different ways of sticking them to my nails... at first I put a little bit of Gelous top coat on a piece of paper and dipped the flowers in and then stuck them to my nails, but I found that it was a lot easier to put a dab of Gelous on my nail and then stick the flowers to that. Despite being tiny and delicate they weren't too hard to work with... it was a little time-consuming to get them all placed properly but I think the effect was worth it!

Gravestone Halloween nail art

After I had all the flowers placed where I wanted them, I used my mid-length striper to make dark grass at the bottom using OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know and Zoya Shawn. I slathered a thick coat of Gelous over the whole deal and then finished off with a coat of Seche Vite. The flowers do still have texture to them even after all of that topcoat but I think that's part of the reason they look really cool.

Gravestone Halloween nail art

On my right hand I wanted to do some blood drips because I've seen them eeeeverywhere and I like the way they look. The nude is Zoya Avery and the red is China Glaze Adventure Red-y. All I did for these was place dots in Adventure Red-y where I wanted the drips to end and then connect them all with my striper. Easy peasy!

Dripping blood Halloween nail art

What do you guys think of these? I think the dried flowers came out so cool on the gravestones and I'm so happy about that because I was REALLY nervous that it would look stupid. I almost didn't try them for that reason haha! I'm glad I did, though. Do y'all have any fun plans for Halloween? I'm going to a party tonight and I can't wait to be like, LOOK AT MY NAILS THEY GOT REAL FLOWERS ON EM LOL!

Oh, and by the way, Born Pretty Store has lots of other really cool nail art stuff and it's all inexpensive and ships free! I have my eye on a nail piercing kit for when my nails get longer :) If y'all wanna order stuff from them I'd definitely recommend them, they're super nice and helpful. You can use my code, CLJ61, for 10% off your order, too! AW YEAH.

13 comments:

  1. I love the graveyard mani!!! The real flowers are AWESOME!!!! Love the colors!!!!!!!

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  2. I love those flowers! They are actually on the way to me right now from BPS and I can't wait to try them out :]

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  3. Really cool idea for using the flowers! I've been looking for somewhere to get flowers like these, and these seem perfect :D

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  4. Haha awesomeness! Lookit dem 3D flowers! I was never interested in those dried flowers because I thought they'd looking stupid.. but you made them look very unstupid and now I'm reconsidering.

    Also, it seems you turn all shades of gray into blue! haha!

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    1. You SHOULD reconsider! I think they can definitely look cheesy in an old-school embedded-in-acrylics way but I actually kind of like that look too? I dunno! I like weird stuff sometimes.

      Also, Carey does actually lean blue IRL! Even The PolishAholic says so! I'M NORMAL!!!

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  5. LOVE the way you used the flowers! It makes them so unique! :)

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  6. So I just discovered your blog and I just keep sitting here wondering how I was uninformed! Your nails are adorable and I'm really jealous of your nail art skills. *goes back to stalking through your posts*

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    1. thank you sooo much! haha i just fangirled a little :) so glad you like my lil blog!!

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  7. omg the tombstones with the flowers is to die for ( pun intended)... I wish it was Halloween again so I could try it!

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