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!

Christmas Nail Art Tutorial – Winter Wonderland

Hey guys!

I’m cutting it close, but I think I’ve got time to squeeze in one last Christmas tutorial! Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two days away? This year has gone by so fast!

This tutorial is for my Winter Wonderland design that I posted a couple of days ago. It’s actually quite easy, just a little time consuming.

Keep reading for the tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Base and top coat
  • Three shades of blue creme polish: dark, medium and light
  • White creme polish
  • Makeup sponge
  • Black dotting tool (you could use a toothpick if you don’t own dotting tools)
  • Small nail art brush
Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your lightest shade of blue.

Step 3:
After allowing your light blue polish to dry, follow the steps in my gradient tutorial to create a smooth gradient using the three shades of blue. The darkest shade should be near your cuticle and work down to the lightest shade at the tip.

Step 4:
Using your nail art brush and the white polish, create snowy mounds at the tips. Don’t worry about the shapes being perfect because they should be irregular – just like fallen snow!

Step 5:
To create the trees, first start with a small vertical line. Add an arrow shape at the top. Then, working your way down the length of the tree, draw horizontal lines to create branches. As you work your way down to the base of the tree, the horizontal lines should continue to get longer. If you wish, you can curve your branches slightly upwards like I did, but you might find it easier to just create straight lines, which is also fine.

Step 6:
Using your small dotting tool or toothpick, add some dots in the empty space around the trees to simulate falling snow.

Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry, 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.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page! Or, share in on Instagram and tag me (@kaylashevonne) in your post!

Thanks for looking!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for this Jelly Floral Mani

I love this floral design from MrCandiipants and I’ve been meaning to try my own version of it for quite some time now. If you’re not already following Candice, you really should. She’s incredibly talented, especially with floral designs. She’s basically the queen of floral nail art imo.

Anyways, I wanted to go with a bright, yet slightly muted colour palette so I chose four of the jelly shades from the China Glaze Sunsational Collection – Are You Jelly?, Keepin’ It Teal, Shell-O and Heat Index over a base of none other than OPI My Vampire is Buff

I won’t go into details about the specific technique for creating the look since Candice has already posted a tutorial that you can follow. It’s super simple and you really don’t need any special nail art tools at all.

Christmas Nail Art – Dotted Christmas Trees

Hey guys!

Like I figured I would, I removed the candy cane mani yesterday and did a whole new design. This one was inspired by a holiday card we received where the image of the Christmas tree on front was done abstractly with polka dots. I thought the concept would translate really well into a nail design, so that’s what I did! If you want to see the holiday card, I posted a picture of it here on Instagram.

The base colour here is Zoya Purity and then I used a bunch of different green polishes to create the trees:

OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
China Glaze Gaga for Green
China Glaze Four Leaf Clover
China Glaze Holly-Day
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint and
China Glaze Running in Circles

Then I used a small nail art brush and China Glaze Ruby Pumps to create the little stars on top.

I realized a couple of things while doing this mani:
1.) I have a large selection of green polishes from China Glaze, but not many from any other brands, and
2.) Making tiny stars symmetrical, especially using my non-dominant hand, is super hard!

I’m much happier with this mani than I was with the watercolour candy canes. And it got a ton of compliments at my fiance’s work Christmas party last night!

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!