Sunday, October 26, 2014

Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Spooky Eyes Nail Art

Spooky eyes nail art by @chalkboardnails

There's still time to squeeze in a few more Halloween nail art looks! This look is reminiscent of my Simple Spooky Eyes design from 2011, but with a bit more complexity added and a few twists. Not to mention, quite an upgrade in quality! This is also serving as my entry into the JINsoon Halloween nail art contest.

Spooky eyes nail art by @chalkboardnails

Nail polishes used:
Formula X Dark Matter
Formula X Pyrotechnic
OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
Zoya Arizona
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
OPI My Vampire is Buff
Essie Matte About You

I started by painting my nails black. For the eye nails, I painted the eye shapes in various shades of red, orange, and yellow, and then added the black slits afterwards.

For the candle nails, I used the bubble technique for the glow on the candle, and then freehanded the rest. The gradient on the candle was created by mixing varying ratios of cream and black. I finished with a layer of quick dry topcoat and then a layer of matte topcoat.

Spooky eyes nail art by @chalkboardnails

I have to admit - though unintentional, this design does remind me quite a bit of the old Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark?. I think it's the single flame in the darkness, though in the show opening it's a match. That show always scared the bejesus out of me. I have distinct memories of being terrified of the one where the kids try to use the silver spoon to ward off a spirit, but come to find out it's actually steel so the spirit keeps approaching.
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  1. I think this might be my favorite Halloween mani this year. I might have to try those eyes later today!

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  2. Love the candle on the ring! Fun design.

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  3. That's such a great nail art! Love the candle!

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  4. LOVE the little throwback there :D And the glow around the candle is really the icing on the cake here.

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  5. I love the candle! And Are you afraid of the dark was very scary indeed!!!

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  6. Oo, the candle is so cool! This is so spooky and cute, I love it!

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  7. that is amazing! I wonder how long it stays before it starts to chip... I don't bother learning nail design because I'm afraid it wouldn't even last a week before it starts to fall apart..

    Arianne

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  8. I used to be obsessed with that show, until I saw the one with the creepy doll. I actually stopped watching because I was too scared to turn on the show on tv and have it be that episode!

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  9. I love this! I've seen many Halloween nail designs pop up these few weeks, but this spooky eyes one is definitely unique and looks easy to recreate too. :D

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  10. Olivia Cheryl WilliamsOctober 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    Wow these are brilliant!! Xx
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  11. Omggg those are so cool. I love the matte black paint! I'm saving this to try and do it this weekend...x

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  12. These are very cool! I LOVE them!

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  13. Love this nail art. xx

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  14. these are super cool

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  15. Love these! xx


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