Hi everyone. This weeks post is a long one as its a halloween five-in-one, and of course they’re all easy!
I’ve used a pile of polishes (all from Technic) so I’ll list what I’ve used for each design as I go. The only tools you’ll need are a small, a medium and a large dotting tool. If you don’t have dotting tools you can use a toothpick, a dry ballpoint pen and the end of an kirby grip/bobby pin. Remember to apply a base coat before you start!
Tips: dab the excess polish off the makeup sponge before sponging it on your nails; let each layer of polish dry before adding the next detail to avoid denting or smudging the layer under it & to avoid colours running together; clean your dotting tools with polish remover in between each colour.
Bloody Zombie Nails
This is one of two zombie skin nails I tried out and are inspired by a design by HelloMaphie. You can find her on YouTube and Instagram @hellomaphie.
For this you’ll need a nude, a mossy green, a dark purple (bruise coloured), a dark red, a makeup sponge and a thin drinking straw. My polishes (l-r) are Moon, Damson, South Pacific and Persian Rose.
•Step 1: apply two coats of nude polish and let it dry.
•Step 2: sponge on the purple polish, but don’t completely cover the nail.
•Step 3: repeat step 2 with the mossy green polish.
•Step 4: lightly sponge on the red polish at the edges of the nail.
•Step 5: dip the straw into the red polish, hold it at an angle and a few centimetres away from your nail, and blow hard to splatter it (do this 2 or 3 times a different angles).
For this design you’ll need black, white, orange, a large and a small dotting tool. I used Jet Black, White and Sunset Strip.
•Step 1: apply two coats of black and let it dry.
•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool into white polish, dab it in an oval shape and fill it in. I’ve done two but you can do more if your nails are longer.
•Step 3: dip the large dotting tool in the orange polish and go over the white (this makes the orange stand out better against the black background). Let them fully dry.
•Step 4: dip the small dotting tool in the black polish and dab on two eyes on each pumpkin shape. For the mouth dab a line of dots or a zigzag.
Here you’ll need a black, a white, a large dotting tool and a small one. I used Jet Black and White.
•Step 1: apply two coats of white and let it dry.
•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool in the black polish, dab it in a rough circle and fill it in to make the spider’s fuzzy body.
•Step 3: dip the small dotting tool in the black polish and paint 8 upside down ‘V’s (4 on each side) for the legs.
•Step 4: place 2 white dots with the small dotting tool where you’d like the eyes to be, dip it in black polish and dab it lightly in the centre of each for the pupils.
Eyeball (or witch’s boil) Nails
Originally these were supposed to be eyeballs, but they didn’t turn out as good as I would have liked. They look a little like the boils you’d see on a witch mask instead. Either way it’s a good halloween look!
For this you’ll need a black, a white, a bright green or yellow, and your small, medium and large dotting tools. I’ve used Jet Black, White and Mimosa.
•Step 1: apply two coats of black polish and let it dry.
•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool in white polish and place large white dots where you want the eyeballs (or boils) to be.
•Step 3: using the medium dotting tool place a dot of your green/yellow polish in the middle of each white spot.
•Step 4: with the small dotting tool, place a black dot in the middle of the green/yellow dots for the pupil.
•Step 5: dip the small dotting tool in white polish and lightly dap a small spot of white, off centre, in each black dot for a highlight.
Stitched-Up Zombie Nails
For the last design you’ll need the same polishes from the first design along with a black. You’ll also need a small dotting tool and a makeup sponge. I used Moon, South Pacific, Damson, Persian Rose and Jet Black.
•Step 1: apply two coats of your nude and let it dry.
•Step 2: sponge on your mossy green polish, again don’t completely cover the base colour.
•Step 3: sponge on the purple polish (doing green then purple will make it look more bruised).
•Step 4: sponge on a little red around the edges and across the middle.
•Step 5: with the small dotting tool and black polish draw lines across your nail at different angles (again I’ve done 2 but you can do more if your nails are longer).
•Step 6: again using the small dotting tool and black polish, draw several short lines across the longer lines to look like stitches.
Lastly for all five designs, don’t forget to apply your topcoat!.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and liked the designs. Thanks for reading.