I’m not a nail artist, I’m a nail painter. You might be thinking “semantics,” but you’d be wrong. However, Caren P (above left) of ManisOnTheMove -- she's a nail artist. She has a gift and I do not. She also has three little girls and I do not. So, with this grand idea to do Halloween nails for everyone, and the knowledge I’d fall horrifically short on my own, I called Caren and enlisted her skills and all her little girls to help.
This is Hannah. She’s the youngest of the three girls and not only is it hard to get her to sit still long enough to do much with her nails, but as I mentioned earlier, I’m really not that good at nail art.
The perfect solution for both of us is nail stickers and thankfully, there are lots of them out there that fit all different shapes ’n sizes of nails.
We picked out some candy corn and I went to work.
After we peeled off the candy corn for something new, I decided to prove my total lack of nail-arting ability. Please enjoy the really bad ghost and boo I painted on Hannah. Sorry, Hannah. I tried!
Next up, we have the lovely Autumn – she’s VERY strong.
First we tried stickers...
...and then we decided peel the stickers off to let Caren get to work. She’s so good at arting. I am 100% envious. Look how black and purple = Halloween.
While Caren was painting spider art, I snagged Kyleigh and did some nail art I could handle.
This is Kyleigh. I gave her sugar. Big mistake.
Kyleigh is 12. Kyleigh has what she calls “lady hands.” Upon request, she came in the door wearing Red Carpet Gel Polish in White Hot on one hand and a bright hi-lighter yellow Quo by Orly Gel Polish on the other.
On the white hand, I made this. If I can make this, you can, too. I promise.
However, I cannot do this. This is Caren’s work. Using a combination of acrylic craft paint and regular polish, she did an ombre on top of the yellow gel, then used black polish to paint on the detail. I want to be Caren.
Seeing as I cannot be Caren, I did the next best thing and had her do some Halloween nails on me. Now look how many Halloween things can happen on a simple orange base coat. (Click on image below to enlarge it.)
Top left:FingerPaints Gel Polish in Rococo Orange. Top right: I made a badly painted house thing (or arrow thing – whatever).
Middle left: Caren made me some bats. Middle right: I put on a Halloween-cat Kiss nail sticker.
Bottom left: I painted on some OPI Black Shatter. Bottom right: Caren used Essie Twin Sweater Set to make some drippy blood nails. (Most people seem to do blood dripping toward the hand from the tips, but I like the idea that the blood is dripping from my cuticles. You?)
But that’s not the end. Nope. It’s not. The next day, I changed my gel polish and rolled with these two colours. On the top hand is Gelish Night Reflection and on the bottom is Nicole by OPI in A-Nise Treat. If you’re nail-art challenged, I think both shades are swell options for simple Halloween nails.
OR, you could invite Caren over without the kids and she can make more art! Like maybe some googly eyes?
Or a spider web?
Or my very favourite...
I wore my Dracula to work that evening and people just loved it. I think in a couple weeks, I’m going to invite Caren back to give me 10 Dracula nails.
Caren P can be reached at ManisOnTheMove@gmail.com. If you’d like an in-home mani (soak-off gel or regular polish), shoot her an email to get a quote and/or make an appointment. She’ll come right to your kitchen table.
So, in these examples of Halloween nails for everyone, is one of them for you?