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Jack-O-Lantern Tutorial

13 Oct

I decided I would go ahead a do a picture tutorial for the Jack-o-lantern manicure I posted the other day.  Below, you’ll find step by step pictures and explanations.

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Step 1:  Polish with your background color.  I used Color Club Gossip Column.

Step 2:  Just using the polish brush, add your pumpkin.  I used Julep Parker, two coats.

Step 3:  Using a fine striping brush, add your darker orange accent lines.  Round them to follow the contours of your pumpkin’s shape.  I used Jordana Orangesicle.

Step 4:  Add your stem with a small detail brush.  Overlap it a tiny bit on to your pumpkin and make it slant to one side so it looks more organic.  I used Sinful Color Nirvana for my stem.

Step 5:  Using a small, pointed detail brush, outline your jack-o-lantern’s face with black.  I did a classic, happy face, but you can do whatever face you’d like to try.

Step 6:  Fill in your face with black.  I used China Glaze Liquid Leather.

Step 7:  Add a yellow highlight to make your pumpkin glow.  I used Sinful Colors Pull Over.

Step 8:  Make your sky twinkle by adding some tiny stars.  I used Julep Brigitte, the lightly brushed some thinned NYX Ink over the top of them to soften up the stark white.

Step 9:  Finish it off with a top coat!

Now repeat on all your nails, or you could just do an accent nail or two.  Now you have a super cute Halloween mani to show off!



8 Oct

I didn’t try my hand at pumpkins or Jack-o-lanterns last year and had a comment asking me to do so, sooo…

I gave it a go.  I think they’re super cute!

These little guys were pretty time consuming.  Easy, but took a while.  My blue base is Color Club Gossip Column.  Gorgeous blue!  Love it!  This is the first time I’ve polished my nail with it.  I’m sure it will stain something fierce just like any saturated blue.  My oranges are Julep Parker and Jordana Orangesicle.  The black is China Glaze Liquid Leather.  The yellow glow is Sinful Colors Pull Over and my brown stems are Sinful Colors Nirvana.  My stars are Julep Brigitte with a little thinned NYX Ink swept over the top to dim them up a bit.

We have my family over every year for a Pumpkin Carving Party.  This year will be our eleventh annual.  Do you still carve pumpkins?  Do you do it freehand or use a crazy, difficult pattern like we do?

You can find my jack-o-lantern tutorial here.

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