Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TUTORIAL: Give In to the Darkness, Inspired by Nail'd It!

Nightmare-inspired nail art by @chalkboardnails
Have you been keeping up with Oxygen's Nail'd It!, the nail art competition show? I've been watching it every week! I love how it starts off with a client-based challenge, and then moves into the high concept sculptural work. In this week's episode, three previous competitors are back for their second shot at the finale. Their challenge is to create nail art inspired by their nightmares.

Here's an insider tip: if you tune in to tonight's episode, you'll get to see yours truly! I'm sharing a quick tutorial for stenciled star nails during one of the commercial breaks. Eee!

Nail polishes used:
Cirque Colors Memento Mori
Sally Hansen Big Shiny top coat

My nightmare-inspired look represents my childhood fear of the dark. I've toughened up a bit since then, but can definitely still psych myself out at times when I'm all alone in a dark room. This design represents the darkness as an entity, creeping up on me. Be sure to watch the tutorial above to see how you can achieve this look for yourself!

Nightmare-inspired nail art by @chalkboardnails

Tune in tonight to Nail'd It at 9/8c, only on Oxygen. Keep up with the show on their Facebook page, and join the conversation by following Oxygen on Instagram and using the hashtags #NailedIt and #ShowMetheMani. Don't forget, I'm briefly on tonight's episode!

Disclosure: This post has is sponsored by reps from Oxygen and Nail'd It!. Press sample provided by Cirque Colors. All opinions are my own.


  1. What a beautiful design, thanks for the tutorial!

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  2. Lucie H. (Lucy's Stash)November 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I really love this nail design <3

  3. Can't wait to see you!

  4. I saw them on your instagram and just fell in love with them!

  5. Cool! I think I'll try something similar sometime! :-)

  6. I saw you on TV!! Eeeee how exciting! I jumped up and said I "know" her!! hehe. I love this mani too, really pretty for a nightmare :)

  7. Did you begin with any type of base coat? Or just bare, clean nails?

  8. You can definitely throw down a base coat first!


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