Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Nail Art Tutorial - Cat Eyes

Hey guys!

Today I have another Halloween tutorial for you! This is for another of my designs from last Halloween and a tutorial for this one has been requested a couple of times through my nail art requests page.

I was actually hesitant about doing a tutorial for this design because the only photo I have of the finished design is one that I'm really unhappy with. I know my nails have been in worse shape (for proof check out this post) but I'm still embarrassed about the state of them in this photo. However, I know you guys want to see this tutorial so I'm swallowing my pride and just doing it!

This is the design I'll be showing you how to do today:




Keep reading for the tutorial!


What you'll need:
The exact brands/names of the polishes I've used are in brackets but you can use whatever brands/shades you have in your stash.


Black creme polish (Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme), white creme polish (China Glaze White on White), lime green creme polish (OPI Who the Shrek Are You?), yellow-gold polish (Nicole by OPI Yellow, It's Me Matte).


Your favourite base (CND Stickey) and top coat (Seche Vite).


A detail brush (mine is from Michael's and the brand name is Simply Simmons).


A large and a medium sized dotting tool (mine are from eBay and they're very inexpensive).


Step 1:
Apply your base coat. (I didn't think it was necessary to take a photo of this step.)

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your black creme polish. And FYI, I'll only be showing you how to do one of the eyes but you'll be able to understand how to do both eyes using this tutorial.



Step 3:
Using your detail brush and your white creme polish, draw a large diagonal D shape near the base of your nail. Fill it in with the white.
Do the same thing on your index finger except this time make your D shape a backwards one. The white base will make the green colour we're going to use pop against the black background.
After you've filled in your D shapes, take your detail brush and your black polish and go back and clean up the lines around the shapes to make it more neat.





Step 4:
Using your lime green polish, fill in the white D shapes you just made.



Step 5:
Using your large dotting tool and your yellow-gold polish, place a large dot inside each of your D shapes. The placement of the dot should not be centered - it should be closer to the inside of the nail. These will serve as the pupils.



Step 6:
Switch to your small dotting tool and using your white creme polish, make two small dots at the top corner of your D shapes. These will serve as reflection points and will make the eyes look a tad more realistic/give the design more depth.



Step 7:
Using your detail brush and your black creme polish, draw a line that goes almost all the way through the entirety of both eyes. You'll want for these lines to get thinner as they make their way through the eyes.



Step 8:
After allowing your design to dry completely, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.



Optional: In my original design I chose to leave my other nails (thumb, middle and pinky) with just the black creme polish on them. However, if I were to repeat this design now, I would probably do the eyes on my middle and ring finger (instead of the index and ring) and then add something else to the rest of the nails (such as some simple Halloween-themed stripes or dots). This is up to you though so have fun, play with the design and make it your own!

As always, I hope this tutorial was helpful and I hope some of you will try this design out for yourselves. And I'd love to see pictures if you try it!

2 comments:

  1. Wow, thanks for a great idea!

    I've included your design into my Ultimate Guide: Halloween Nails together with additional 49 spooky nail art designs. Check them out here: http://stylesprinter.com/ultimate-halloween-nails-guide/

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