Halloween is in 3 days!! Crazy, it feels like time is flying by. Slowly I have been working on my costume for Saturday and I did my nails to go with it. I’m going to be a mermaid. I was wanting to be a undead mermaid, but it didn’t work out the way that I wanted to. I still might dead it up but I will see how that goes.
For my nails I originally wanted to get stiletto nails and paint them matte black, but I felt like that wasn’t good enough for Halloween. I ended up doing glittery mermaid scales. They turned out pretty good, but I feel like with more practice I will get better. This being my first time they turned out great.
*totally optional. I tried using it at first but then opted to use the toothpick instead. I couldn’t handle the brush since it was so long. I just need to practice with it some more.
First things first, you need to figure out which nails go on which finger and leave out a couple to test on. I wrote mine down so I could refer back for when I want to change them out. Once you figure out which nails you are going to use take the double sided tape and wrap it around one of the q-tip heads and stick it to the nail. (As if the q-tip was your finger.) I found that this helps out tremendously. I tried the gluing them to a cut off toothpick and I was having way too many issues with it. This way they are easy to maneuver and take off once they are dry.
Apply your base coat. I used my glitter nail polish, I applied 3 coats to them and let them dry overnight. They didn’t need that long to dry, I just did it right before bed one night and it was so quick it didn’t really mess up my before bed routine.
When I sat down to work on the scales I did a couple tests on paper to see how it felt and then tested on spare nails. It is definitely not as easy as I thought it would be. I ended up going with the toothpick, which was better but only a little bit. I started at the base of the nail and in the center and did the arches. I offset them a little bit so it didn’t look like I just drew diamonds. I put a top coat on them and let them dry. While I was waiting for them to dry I lightly filled the top of my nails and cleaned them with nail polish remover.
Once they were dry I applied each nail starting with my pinkies and worked my way to my thumbs. I put a small bit of glue on my nail and then on the fake nail, and then squeezed it on for a couple seconds.
It is definitely easier to paint fake nails and let them dry before putting them on. I tend to get polish all over my fingers when I paint my nails myself. Definitely not something that I am good at, which is why I tend to just not wear polish because of how bad it looks. This however is so much better.
What are your nail plans for Halloween?