These are the not very scary witches black cat nails that I have done for Halloween this year. We are going to family friend’s Halloween party, and because I will be busy trying to paint a scary clown face on my brother for his costume, I have decided to keep my own costume simple, and so decided to go as a cat. I’ve seen a few versions of these cat nails online over the past couple of week’s and thought they would be perfect to recreate to pair with my costume.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light grayish purple shade to make the base for all my nails.
I then took a black acrylic paint and a thin brush to paint triangle shapes on each side of the bottom half of each nail. This made the ears.
Next I painted a half circle in black on the tips of each nail in order to fill in the cat face.
Once this was dry I used a white and dotting tool to dot eyes for each cat face. I then used a very thin brush to paint points on either side of the eyes to make the shape more cat like. I then went over the eyes in yellow and finally a glow in the dark polish by OPI. I finished the eyes off by painting a thin black line down the middle of each eye and then adding a layer of topcoat.
For this design I experimented with using 2 different colours on the stamping plate. The plate I used was called ‘Tian Xin 19’.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade. I used a dry fast top coat over the top of this to make stamping easier and everything dry better.
To do the stamping, instead of placing a line of polish along the side of the design and then scraping it across, I placed one line of polish over the top half of the design and one on the bottom.
Then, instead of scraping the scraper sideways across following the direction of the lines of polish, I instead scraped from top to bottom. This means one of the colours is scraped over the top of the other. Don’t worry this will not mess things up, it just helps the colours to merge a little.
The colours I used were a metallic lilac and metallic pink shade. Working on one nail at a time I used these colours to add the stamping pattern to each nail. I then cleaned up around my nails before finishing with a top coat.
I’m not too keen on the colour combo that I went for, for this design. But I wanted to do something that was completely different to colours that I would normally pick to pair together.
In hindsight, I think a peach colour instead of the brownish mauve shade would have worked better though.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a brownish mauve shade. Next I carefully painted a coat in blue on each nail. I placed this so that there was a kind of border along the top and sides of the nail in the base colour, hence the title ‘half’ border nails.
Once this was dry I repeated the same again on each nail but this time using 2 coats of a silver holographic nail polish.
In this last picture, I took it under artificial light so that you can see the effect of the holographic nail polish better.
I recently did a nail art design where I layered 2 different flakie polishes over the top of each other and I really loved how it looked. So for this weeks design I tried something similar.
I started by painting all my nails in a black base colour.
Next I used a flakie duochrome polish by Nubar which has tones of green and orange in it. I painted 2 coats of this on all nails except for the ring fingers.
After this was dry I used another flakie top coat which had pastel shades of pinks and blues. I only used 1 coat of this as I did not want it to stand out too much.
On the ring fingers, I used a thin brush and a gold shade to paint a design. I painted this by placing a gold line down the centre of the length of the nail. Then near the base of the nail I connected to this line from the sides diagonally, and then filled in the marked off area at the base. I then finished this off with one small rhinestone in the centre of the gold area I had painted at the base of the nail.
I bought a nail stamping plate that was full of designs for stamping the tips of your nails. I thought it would be a quick and easy way to do designs on the tips without needing to tape off areas etc. However, I did have a bit of trouble trying to place the design correctly on the nail. I’m still learning and improving with my stamping techniques.
It was either ending up wonky or being off centre. I also tried by aiming the centre of the design at the centre of the tip and then rocking back and forth to place it at the sides. However I found that whatever side I placed last was ending up with a gap/crease in it. It was so frustrating lol, and the funniest part was that the design looks so plain in the end.
I think that it might be worth using the stamper to make nail stickers one time and seeing if this makes it easier to position perfectly. That experimentation can wait for another day though.
So for this design, I painted all nails in 2 coats of a light aqua green kind of shade.
I then used my chosen design and a white polish to stamp the pattern onto the tips of each nail.