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So fright night is almost upon us and as our good friend Cady Heron once said, 
"Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it".
(Now if you don't already realise that this is of course a Mean Girls quote, then where have you been!?)
Queue the hoards of latex cats, sexy witches and dirty devils because what is Halloween without some lingerie and animal ears!?

Aside from some of the usual costume choices, one of the best parts about dressing up for the main event is the finishing touches that complete the whole look. 
The MAKEUP and the NAILS!

I swear this year has been bigger and better than ever in the beauty world for Halloween creativity.
I've seen some incredible masterpieces floating around the social media blogosphere and it's giving me so much inspiration.

So lets get crafty.

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Nail Polish - 3 different orange shades. I went with - OPI Rising Star (similar HERE), Barry M Tangerine 136 (similar HERE) and Models Own Orange Sorbet (similar HERE)
 - A green shade like Barry M's Spring Green (similar HERE)
(Ok somehow I managed to use colours that are all no longer available 🙈 unless you can dig deep on ebay or Amazon! The alternatives linked above will work just as well.)
Nail art pen - Preferably one with a brush and pen nib like Models Own Artstix Nail Art Pen in black (Similar HERE)
A sponge - grab a pack of makeup sponges from Primark for £1!
Top Coat - To seal in your creation of course! Try the Seche Vite Dry Fast
Nail polish remover and some cotton buds for any necessary cleanup


Now instead of just going for a plain orange base I thought I'd mix it up between a metallic gold, shimmer and neon orange to give a ghoulishly good ombre fade.

Starting with the metallic gold for the base, once that's dry use a corner of the makeup sponge to dab in the second colour (I used the Barry M Tangerine). 
Starting from the tip of the nail and working 3/4 of the way down. 
Again once dry you can move on to the third colour (neon orange) and blend in with the sponge to halfway down the nail. 

For a detailed explanation of how to achieve the best ombre fade, check out my previous nail tutorial HERE


Once the last shade of your ombre fade has dried, it's time to start getting nifty with your nail art pen.
For the jack o'lanterns I decided to alternate the design on my index and ring finger, leaving my middle and little finger for the green slime/drips.

The Models Own Artstix pen has a very long thin brush inside the main tube, which is ideal for creating some fine lines.
For that textured pumpkin look I wanted to add some 'grooves' for the base. 
Using the nail art brush, wipe off as much excess as possible so that the lines will come out more faded and not so bold.
Gently glide the brush from the cuticle base, in a swift motion halfway down towards the nail tip.


Now for the faces! This is where the nail pen nib will come in handy. I find it easier to draw small details with the pointed tip.

Just be prepared for a lot of product to come out if you squeeze too hard! So gently apply pressure until a little polish comes out to enable you to daw like you would with a pen!

TOP TIP: Sometimes nail art pens can get clogged up so use a little pin or needle to pierce through the back log!


Start with 2 inverted triangles midway along the nail for the eyes and add another slightly misshapen triangle just below for the nose! 

I say misshapen because I think it looks a little better that it isn't too polished. 
When you're carving pumpkins you don't always get the lines absolutely perfect, it gives it a more raw authentic look!
Same goes for the 'crooked' mouth, draw out the jagged outline with the pen before filling in.

I went for slightly different faces on each nail too so get creative and express your pumpkins however you see fit! 😜 


Now grab your green shade for the slimey drips. 
I actually just used the brush that comes with the polish to draw out these drips. As long as you don't have too much product on the brush it makes it easier to carve out the edges.
You can just use a fine art brush to draw the lines if you want a more detailed look.

Use the thinnest edge of the brush to weave it up and down along the nail, near to the cuticle, to create your desired drippy look.
Once you have your outline, simply fill in rest of the shape with the green polish.  

Now for this rather epic (if I do say so myself 😉 ) thumb nail piece. 
I was seriously winging it here, I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted it to look like but mostly I was just going with the flow!
The idea was for a creepy, bare, lone tree on a hill with a spooky sunset.
This was relatively easy to achieve as I used the pen nib of the Models Own nail art pen.

If you want to go for something similar, sketch out the edges of the tree first and you can always add in any extras like a fence, moon, etc. later. 
To get the almost faded hand drawn effect, use the metal edges of the pen nib, with no product involved, to scratch out some of the black polish.
Anywhere you want light and shade simply fill in thicker or scratch off with the pen edge for the desired effect.

Once everything has dried, use a top coat to seal it all in. 
I'm currently loving the Seche Vite top coat as it's super thick and has a great glossy finish.

Voila, the finished look! 💅

Let me know if you've got any crafty nail ideas for Halloween or how your own looks turned out!

Enjoy your fright night weekend however you plan on spending it.


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