Skull and Roses Nail Art

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Hey guys! I have had this mani on the brain for like a month, especially now that we are creeping up on Fall. I’m a little disappointed in the execution so I think I’ll be revisiting these when it gets a little closer to Halloween! I’ll link the YouTube tutorial here as soon as it is available.

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To begin I gathered up some pink and red polishes, I had originally added a yellow in but I didn’t like the end result. From Left to right this is: black acrylic paint, Zoya Purity, Zoya Kitridge, Zoya America, Zoya Elisa, Fresh Paint Honeydew, KB SHimmer Clearly On Top, white acrylic paint, a small detail brush, a dotting tool, and some foil for a palette if you don’t have a better one.

Close up of my fancy
Close up of my fancy “palette”

I started with a nice white base of 1 coat of Purity on all of my nails. Then I took Elisa and America and dipped my dotting tool into both colors. Then a made a swirl similar to the bird nest method but in little circles for roses. I liked that the white peeked out much like the details of petals. I filled my whole nail with red circles, then randomly went back over those with Kitridge and did the same thing, swirling in a circle. Once I liked how the roses were forming up I added in little green dabs of Honeydew for my “leaves.” Next I went in with my striping brush and white acrylic paint and added in some definition and details in the flowers and leaves. Once that dried I topcoated with Clearly On Top and this was the end result:

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Next is where I got a little lost, I went in with my black acrylic paint and my detail brush and made my skull outline. Then I blackened out the eye and nose holes and my proportions were allll off lol! I think it might be better to start with the facial features and then outline the skull shape. I then filled in the area outside the skull with black acrylic polish and added in some white acrylic teeth. Once that was done I topcoated with Clearly On Top once more!

Topcoated mani in natural indirect light
Topcoated mani in natural indirect light
Topcoated mani in natural indirect light
Topcoated mani in natural indirect light
Roses
Roses “macro” in artificial light
Skull
Skull “macro” in artificial light

Once that was dry I really wanted to add a matte topcoat on all that black, so here was the final result:

Matted mani in natural indirect light
Matted mani in natural indirect light
Matted mani in natural indirect light
Matted mani in natural indirect light

So thats it for today guys, I have a few more nail art ideas rattling around in my brain so stay tuned!

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