My Makeup Wars Halloween Manicure aka Christa’s Hilarious Attempt at Nail Art

Well I hope clicking on my post won’t be a huge disappointment for all you nail art fans but my contribution to the Makeup Wars Halloween Manicure Challenge is fairly sad. My nails happen to be in horrifying condition at the moment. I’ve been under some stress and have resorted to nail biting again. Given the teeny, tiny surface of my stubby nail beds I didn’t have much of a canvas to work with so this is a cramped first attempt at some free hand nail art.

I stopped into Shoppers Drug Mart because I didn’t own a black nail polish. I grabbed the $1.99 Essence Black is Black polish because I didn’t figure I would have much occasion to use black nail lacquer. Silly me I was forgetting that I’ve been wanting a black polish for a while to use as a base under various glitters and flakies. I haven’t tested out a full application of it yet to see how it performs but trying to use it in the manner I did today it seemed a little sheer. I also picked up the Quo by Orly Instant Artist Kit which includes a Dotter Duo tool and a Detailer Brush. I used the Detailer Brush for this look. I had to trim a stray hair that was too long as soon as I started using it. I found myself wishing it was a finer brush but I may have messed up the point a bit trimming the stray hair. The base is Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme.

Make sure you check out the other Makeup Wars Halloween Manicures by clicking on the Previous and Next buttons at the top of the posts or by clicking on the thumbnails below.


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  • Teri
    October 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    That’s a really cool nail tool. Wish I had the talent to use it.

  • Sunny
    October 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    It’s not sad, I think it’s really cute! My nails are short too, and it’s not even because I chew on them. They’re just so fragile that they peel and break all over the place! This manicure has given me some hope that I may achieve a cute manicure with my short nails!

  • Brooke @ BlushingNoir
    October 15, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    I think you did really freaking good. I love your mani!

  • oldergirlbeauty
    October 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Your designs are super cute! I don’t have near enough of a steady hand to do something like that.

  • Kate MacDonald
    October 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Those are so cute! I can guarantee you that any nail art I attempted would be pretty scary, so I guess that would make it seasonally appropriate.

  • Beauty411
    October 15, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    You did a great job of doing that freehand! I have all I can do to get polish on! 🙂

  • Perilously Pale
    October 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Thanks Teri. I can’t wait to try the dotting tool!

    Thanks Sunny! Mine peel, rip, and shred really easy so that starts the biting to try and fix them. 😉 Can’t wait to see what you come up with! It’s worth trying!

    Thank you Brooke!

    Ha Ha Kate that is true! No one has even asked yet what that mess on my pinky is supposed to be! LOL

    Thank you Beauty411. My only saving grace is I do have a very steady hand.

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    October 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    You have nothing to apologize for since you actually did art and we can actually figure out what you drew! I’m going to get a dotting tool one of these days.

  • Adriana
    October 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    I think you did a great job, they look really cute!

  • Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty)
    October 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    You did great!!! I am with Beauty411 on this…it is all I can do to get polish on most days. 🙂 I need to get a dotting tool too!

  • Carleenp
    October 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Your art came out much, much better than mine! Very nice!

  • Elvira PinkSith
    October 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    You did an AWESOME job with this! REAL Nail Art FTW! I also love the DL polish and have decided that I NEED it in my life. You’re amazing!

  • lola seicento
    October 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Michelle H
    October 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    I Love it, they look great!


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