Sugar Sweet Skulls

Sugar Sweet Skulls

Electric neon pink pre-Halloween girly skulls.

I can really picture Avril Lavigne rocking the crap out of these. Actually, I suspect that she’ll still be doing the whole overgrown skater goth girl thing when she’s 80 – because some of us never really grow out of it! 😉

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The Simpsons

The Simpsons

So Homer’s looking a bit dodgy, and it’s surprisingly difficult to execute the two hairs that sprout off the top of his noggin, but here’s my run at everyone’s favourite yellow-skinned, four-fingered cartoon family, the Simpsons.

You’ve Got Red On You

You've Got Red On You

Bits and blood-covered blobs inspired by another film favourite and the first installment in the Cornetto Trilogy, 2004’s zom-rom-com Shaun of the Dead. Every finger got a little something different, from Shaun’s work tie/warrior headband to Ed’s truly awful “I Got Wood” t-shirt, and (nearly) all of it spattered in red glitter “blood.” How’s that for a slice of fried gold?!

Bonfire

Bonfire

These kinds of manicures are so much fun, because there’s not much to them beyond grabbing a detail brush and some polish and going wherever your inspiration takes you.

Here I started off with two coats of black, undoubtedly China Glaze’s Liquid Leather. Once dry, I loaded up a detail brush with a deep, glittery red and applied it to my nails in uneven vertical lines starting just a smidge down from my cuticles. Then just a smidge down from that, I applied another shade of red, this time a bright, cherry red. I repeated that, moving down a tiny bit each time, with a vibrant orange and ending with a bright yellow. Then I dotted on a couple of yellow “embers” and topped the whole thing off with the super reflector of top coats, Seche Vite.

Hey, would you look at that? My first written “tutorial.” One of these days when photography stops being such a black hole of learning for me, I might even post a photo tutorial. Will wonders never cease? 😉

Opals

Opals

Ooh, I just love opals! Any stone, actually, that runs through the purple/blue/pink end of the colour spectrum. Moonstones also apply, as does anything mother of pearl.

Speaking of mothers and opals, my mom’s engagement ring was an opal. I loved it so much when I was a kid, sometimes I’d just stare at it, entranced. My mom has impossibly tiny fingers, so I don’t believe I’ll ever get to wear it. Unless of course I go all gangster and wear it on my pinkie finger, above the knuckle, which…no.

These nails were really easy and super fun to complete – like sponge painting for your nails. The key is not to overlap the colours too much. If you do, things just go…brown. And brown’s not a colour that should ever be associated with a beautiful opal! But other than that small piece of advice, the sky’s the limit! Just grab your favourite pastels and get spongin’.