01 November 2012

Sugar Skull Nails

Halloween may be over, but I had one more "spooky" nail art design in me. After seeing those adorable transfers in the OPI So So Skullicious mini-set I decided to try my hand at some sugar skull nail art for Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

sugar skull nail art


Traditionally a Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead is observed during the first two days in November to honour and celebrate those who have passed away. As part of the festivities and remembrances, decorative sugar skulls are among the offerings given to welcome the spirits of the departed.

I've been using the softer, more muted OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls a lot lately, but since I wanted these sugar skulls to be bright and colourful I used China Glaze White on White as my base colour. Aaand that's about as far as my planning went. After that I just started winging it with dotting tools and some of my brightest colours: China Glaze Sunshine Pop (yellow), OPI In My Back Pocket (orange), OPI Fly (teal blue), OPI Do You Lilac It? (lt. purple), China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes (neon pink), and China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard (neon lime). Also China Glaze Liquid Leather (black).

sugar skull nail art

The mouths are larger dots of the different colours with smaller, white dots on top for teeth. Two very tiny, black dots for the noses. The colours around the eyes are supposed to be flowers, with black, then white, then black again on top. And then a few more dots of colour on the foreheads...although my lack of an actual plan kinda shows there because Husband asked me why I was putting Mickey Mouses on my "zombies" (which he might have felt bad about because he then pretended to be happy to hear that I was going polish shopping this afternoon).

Next time I do these I think I'll make a couple of little changes (aside from the "Mickey Mouse" part ;p). Instead of doing the 2nd dots of black for the eyes, I'll either do another bright colour over the whites or go all out with some rhinestones. And I won't do yellow behind the white for the teeth because it's a little hard to see the contrast between the two. On the up side, I took a risk and dotted white right on top of the lime green mouth, and for once it didn't bleed through! One for three with that combo for the week!

sugar skull nail art

Since I was rushing out the door today I didn't have much time to do my other hand, so I just did a "skittle" on that side with some of the bright colours and inadvertently stumbled onto another Halloween nail idea... Without even meaning to, I painted my right hand all Ice Truck Killer, a la Dexter.

That was freaky.

42 comments:

  1. Wow! What an awesome mani! Will have to give this one a try myself one day :)

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    1. Thank you very much--I'd love to see your take on them! :D

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  2. These look so cute! And I didn't even notice the mickey mouse bit at first, I like those dots at the top =) x

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    1. Thank, Loes! Hehe, for me it's one of those things that once I see it, I can't un-see. ;)
      Since sugar skulls are decorated all over, I wanted to do something decorative for the forehead (if not the cheeks, since I was running out of room), but that whole lack of planning tripped me up a little there... >_<

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  3. These look amazing! I didn't notice the Mickey Mouse either... The ones that come out without planning are the best =D

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    1. Thank you, Sharra! It really is fun sometimes just to play with an idea without knowing exactly where you're supposed to end up. :D

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  4. This looks like what costumes would look like if Halloween fell in Spring. Super cute!

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    1. Haha, I can totally see that--thank you, Amanda!!

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  5. I love everything about this! You did an amazing job! The bright colors make me smile!

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    1. Thank you very much, Nory! I really liked playing with all these bright colours too. It's great to have darker/muted shades back in again for fall, but as much as I love a deep, rich polish, I don't think "cheerful" ever goes out of style. ;)

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  6. These are just amazing. I somehow missed how this whole sugar skull craze got started this yr - but it's always reminded me of day of the dead art skulls. I am really ready now to ax the Halloween/Day of the Dead and all that till next yr now...it's on to Thanksgiving which is one of my fav holidays - love the weather (in most parts of the US) that time of the yr - and the food - it's about the only time of the yr I say forget all the food rules I have and I just do the big old meals with all the starches and sugars. Least I have more veggies on the table now than were there when I grew up and celebrating Thanksgiving. We had only peas with pearl onions for the veggie corner unless you counted the olives, cranberries and the (gag me) creamed corn casserole thing my mom made that I still hate to this day! Something about anything canned corn - no can do.

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    1. Thanks, beachgal!!

      That's one thing I really miss, being in Hong Kong. Aside from the obvious missing my family, I miss those amazing holiday meals with them this time of year. Lots of great starches, but we also did some delicious veggies too, like green beans from the farmers' market and my great-grandmother's squash casserole. ^_^

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  7. Oh my gosh, these are adorable!!! You did such a great job!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jamie!! They really were fun to do. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ash!! I don't have anything like your gift with elegant or intricate designs, but I have a great time trying my hand at the dotted/cute ones. ;)

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  9. awesome, love it :D so well done :D

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  10. These look so good. I love how colorful they are. I may need to copy these!

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    1. Thank you very much, Helen--I'd love to see 'em if you do! =)

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  11. i LOVE this!! they look amazing, and those colors you chose are perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah!! I do wish the bright yellow showed a little better, but I guess there's only so different I can ask it to be from white. ;)

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  12. OMG!!! I am in love with this mani! So cartoony, colorful. Really unique and inspiring.... truly!!! I'm gushing!

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    1. You are just the sweetest, Jenni Lee--thank you so, so much!! :D

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  13. Holy freaking cow!!!!! I love love love this! Amazing!

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    1. Thank you very much, Meredith!! (^_^)

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  14. These are so freaking cute! Now I wanna try doing them, lol.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Jenna!! I'd love to see yours! ;)

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  15. Squee! I can't even handle how cute this is! I love sugar skulls--both how they look and how yummy they are too!

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    1. OMG, I got a squee! Thank you so much, Chelsea!! I've never actually tried a sugar skull, but they kind of make me think of those big, sugar, decorated Easter eggs when I was little--I was always torn between chomping into mine and saving it. Of course, I was a kid, so chomping won... ;o)

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  16. OMG!!! This is freakin amazing!!!! i AM IN AWE OF THIS!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous! Far cuter than the sticker set from OPI!

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    1. That's so nice of you to say--thank you very much! (^_^)

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  18. I thought I commented on this! I guess not :( I have been so behind...this is SO AMAZING.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tara!! I've been crazy behind too...good luck to both of us, catching up! >_<

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  19. These are the cutest sugar skulls I have ever seen. Well done! :)

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    1. That is so sweet! Thank you very, very much! =)

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  20. These are the BEST NAILS EVER!! WOW! love, love, love them!!!!!

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