Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vampire bat nails

How can I do a bunch of Halloween-themed nail art looks without including a classic scary monster/Halloween costume go-to? My vampire has a bit of a tan, but he's arrived with all of his bat minions >:D

Vampire bat nail art
In my Ominous Owl nail art post, I had suggested using a deep purple or red as a backdrop if you didn't have a sufficiently Halloween-y orange. I took my own advice and did a gradient sky with my two favourite deep purples, Zoya Ciara (base) and Layla Pro N.15 Purple Vamp. I really love how my bats against the gradient sky turned out--so much that I kind of wish I had done my entire hand like this (Mr. Vampire can be flying incognito among them lolol)

Vampire bat nail art
I used Nails Inc Basil Street as the base for my vampire, but I realized that my perfect nude shade is not quite right for him :< I should have put down a base colour of white to layer Basil Street on top of, in order to give him a more ghoulish, pale cast. The bats, moon, eyes, mouth, hair, and oversized fangs were all done in acrylic paint.

Sidenote: I love Zoya Ciara so much. It's been a while since I last used it, so I forgot what a gorgeous brush and formula it has. It was so pretty that I really wanted to just stop there after painting it on as the base colour! It's a perfect fall shade and--for those of you planning your costume--it totally has a dried-blood look to it if you get it on your skin.

Vampire bat nail art
That wraps up my Halloween nail art for the year! Which was your favourite--my vampire and bats, my ominous owl, or my Costume Quest-inspired nails?

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