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Nail Art How To: Sugar Skull Nails

Nail Art How To: Sugar Skull Nails

10.23.13

By niwp_admin
  • Introduction

    Are your nails ready for Halloween yet? Claire Metcalfe of Nuthin' But a Nail Thing mixed up a typical white-face sugar skull with an orange and red gradient that is perfect for pumpkin season. Using fimo pieces and a few pretty jewels, you can easily create the same scary scene on your nails! Click through to see this talented blogger's full tutorial; she even shows first-timers how to get the perfect sponged gradient. 

    SLIDE 1 OF 16
  • Tools

    Supplies Needed:

    • White polish
    • For your gradient: Yellow, orange and red polishes
    • Make up sponge (dampened)
    • Cotton wool
    • Nail polish remover
    • Black polish
    • Dotting tools
    • Scrap paper
    • Diamantes
    • Orange stick
    • Fimo canes
    • Sharp knife
    • Superglue (if required for longevity)
    • Top coat
    SLIDE 2 OF 16
  • Step 1

    Start by painting your nails a white base color and let this dry thoroughly.

    SLIDE 3 OF 16
  • Step 2

    Add a yellow,orange, and red gradient as the base color for the sugar skulls using a dampened makeup sponge. If you want some tips on creating a gradient, Claire has a tutorial especially dedicated to gradienty goodness here.

    SLIDE 4 OF 16
  • Step 3

    Top coat and tidy up your gradient. Make sure your nails are completely dry before you move onto the next stage.

    SLIDE 5 OF 16
  • Step 4

    Take your black polish, place some onto a piece of scrap paper and then use a small dotting tool to create small dots or stipes at the top of the nails. These are the "eyebrows" for your sugar skull, so make sure they are right at the top of your design and don't take up too much space.

    SLIDE 6 OF 16
  • Step 5

    Then, use a larger dotting tool and place some large, long dots along the tips of your nails. These are going to be for your mouth. Try and have five large dots. Start in the center and work out towards either side so that it is symmetrical.

    SLIDE 7 OF 16
  • Step 6

    Take your small dotting tool and add some more dots and stripes around where the mouth is. Make sure you leave space between these patterns and the eyebrows, as that is where your eyes are going to go.

    SLIDE 8 OF 16
  • Step 7

    Take a white polish and a small dotting tool and fill in some small white dots inside the mouth. These are your teeth.

    SLIDE 9 OF 16
  • Step 8

    Add some small white dots within the patterns created for the eyebrows and cheeks.

    SLIDE 10 OF 16
  • Step 9

    Use a small dotting tool or a nail art pen and draw a line across the mouth to finish off the teeth.

    SLIDE 11 OF 16
  • Step 10

    For the eyes, you need some fimo canes. You can source these quite cheaply from eBay or Amazon. They come in long rods, and you can cut small pieces off using a sharp knife. I've gone for using a mixture of fruit and flower shape pieces to create my eyes. Pre-cut fimo pieces can also be purchased through Art Club; to purchase click here and select "Clay Art."

    SLIDE 12 OF 16
  • Step 11

    Cut all your fimo canes in advance, and also get out any diamantes that you want to use for the design in preparation for affixing to your nails. Top coat nails and then use an orange stick to position on the diamantes and fimo canes. This will hold them on pretty well once dry, but if you want to be super sure they are stuck, you can use super glue (but be careful!). I've used some heart shaped diamantes positioned upside down for the nose, and stuck some smaller diamantes in between the eyebrows and on the cheeks.

    SLIDE 13 OF 16
  • Step 12

    Place a small dot of top coat into the center of your fimo cane shape and add small diamantes for the eyes. 

    SLIDE 14 OF 16
  • Step 13

    And that is it, Mexican sugar skulls, done! If you do give these a try, Claire would love to see them! Post your pics on her Facebook page and tag Nail It!
    See Claire's exclusive Nail It! Interview.
    See Claire's blog, Nuthin' But a Nail Thing.
    Take a peek at Claire's own posting of her Mexican Sugar Skull Nail Art.

     

    SLIDE 15 OF 16
  • Introduction

    Are your nails ready for Halloween yet? Claire Metcalfe of Nuthin' But a Nail Thing mixed up a typical white-face sugar skull with an orange and red gradient that is perfect for pumpkin season. Using fimo pieces and a few pretty jewels, you can easily create the same scary scene on your nails! Click through to see this talented blogger's full tutorial; she even shows first-timers how to get the perfect sponged gradient. 

  • Tools

    Supplies Needed:

    • White polish
    • For your gradient: Yellow, orange and red polishes
    • Make up sponge (dampened)
    • Cotton wool
    • Nail polish remover
    • Black polish
    • Dotting tools
    • Scrap paper
    • Diamantes
    • Orange stick
    • Fimo canes
    • Sharp knife
    • Superglue (if required for longevity)
    • Top coat
  • Step 1

    Start by painting your nails a white base color and let this dry thoroughly.

  • Step 2

    Add a yellow,orange, and red gradient as the base color for the sugar skulls using a dampened makeup sponge. If you want some tips on creating a gradient, Claire has a tutorial especially dedicated to gradienty goodness here.

  • Step 3

    Top coat and tidy up your gradient. Make sure your nails are completely dry before you move onto the next stage.

  • Step 4

    Take your black polish, place some onto a piece of scrap paper and then use a small dotting tool to create small dots or stipes at the top of the nails. These are the "eyebrows" for your sugar skull, so make sure they are right at the top of your design and don't take up too much space.

  • Step 5

    Then, use a larger dotting tool and place some large, long dots along the tips of your nails. These are going to be for your mouth. Try and have five large dots. Start in the center and work out towards either side so that it is symmetrical.

  • Step 6

    Take your small dotting tool and add some more dots and stripes around where the mouth is. Make sure you leave space between these patterns and the eyebrows, as that is where your eyes are going to go.

  • Step 7

    Take a white polish and a small dotting tool and fill in some small white dots inside the mouth. These are your teeth.

  • Step 8

    Add some small white dots within the patterns created for the eyebrows and cheeks.

  • Step 9

    Use a small dotting tool or a nail art pen and draw a line across the mouth to finish off the teeth.

  • Step 10

    For the eyes, you need some fimo canes. You can source these quite cheaply from eBay or Amazon. They come in long rods, and you can cut small pieces off using a sharp knife. I've gone for using a mixture of fruit and flower shape pieces to create my eyes. Pre-cut fimo pieces can also be purchased through Art Club; to purchase click here and select "Clay Art."

  • Step 11

    Cut all your fimo canes in advance, and also get out any diamantes that you want to use for the design in preparation for affixing to your nails. Top coat nails and then use an orange stick to position on the diamantes and fimo canes. This will hold them on pretty well once dry, but if you want to be super sure they are stuck, you can use super glue (but be careful!). I've used some heart shaped diamantes positioned upside down for the nose, and stuck some smaller diamantes in between the eyebrows and on the cheeks.

  • Step 12

    Place a small dot of top coat into the center of your fimo cane shape and add small diamantes for the eyes. 

  • Step 13

    And that is it, Mexican sugar skulls, done! If you do give these a try, Claire would love to see them! Post your pics on her Facebook page and tag Nail It!
    See Claire's exclusive Nail It! Interview.
    See Claire's blog, Nuthin' But a Nail Thing.
    Take a peek at Claire's own posting of her Mexican Sugar Skull Nail Art.

     

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