Today I am really excited to show you some more Hallowe’en nail art: Frankenstein’s Monster Nails!
I wore them for 4 days straight. Unfortunately, during that time, the sun only came out once, but I was busy and couldn’t take photos, so I only have flash and natural-light photos to show you. Hope you don’t mind!
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is my favourite novel of all time. I love the author’s way of writing in such a descriptive and flowery way – it helps me visualize everything like I’m watching a movie.
Back in 1818, people sure knew how to craft sentences and make them sound so poetic. And I admire how they flossed an impressive vocabulary!
If you haven’t read the original text, I highly recommend you do. It’s so much more than just the Hallowe’en character that a lot of people have identified it with.
The first time I read Frankenstein was in university for a humanities class. It was the biggest surprise. I thought it was going to be boring and cliche. It wasn’t! And I had trouble putting the book down. I literally read it in 2 days…on the bus, the subway, in my bed… (Sigh, I so need to re-read it.)
There’s deep philosophy and a myriad of allusions to other famous literature.
I really empathized with the monster more than with Frankenstein. The nameless monster was actually really intelligent and even taught himself how to read! He desperately wanted to be loved and to feel a sense of belonging, especially after he was harshly denied all ties to the only familial bond he knew. I could understand why he ended up lashing out.
Frankenstein’s Monster Nail Art Pictures
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill
- OPI Alpine Snow (white)
- China Glaze Liquid Leather (black)
- Hair & Mouth: NYX Ink Nail Art in Black
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Frankenstein’s Monster Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Green
You don’t need this exact shade of green. Any light green will do and the character will still be recognizable. I just really enjoyed the formula of Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill.
Make sure you wait a good 10 minutes to let this dry a bit before you continue.
Step 3: Add the Emo Hair
Using your nail-art striper or brush dipped in black polish, outline the top curve of your nail near the cuticle. Then, randomly create pieces of hair falling down onto the forehead. I think it looks best when each nail is different because not all monsters are created equally, right?
Step 4: Start the Eyes
Apply some white nail polish to your piece of foil. Dip your dotting tool into it and apply 2 dots per nail. Don’t worry if they’re not perfectly centred. Remember, these are your monsters. They can look any way you want. And don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Step 5: Add a Mouth
Using your nail-art striper or brush dipped in black polish, add a line for each mouth. Here, I was trying to make all the lines go at different angles, but it turned out that just my middle finger’s nail had the most dramatic angle. And I’m okay with that.
Step 6: Add Stitches
To make the stitches, simply add a few vertical lines over the mouth you just created.
Step 7: Add Pupils
Add some black polish onto your piece of foil, and dip your dotting tool in it. Add 2 pupils per nail. You could add them more in the middle like I did, but feel free to make them wackier.
I hear that monsters like to look around and not just straight ahead. But I didn’t get their memo when I was doing this. It would be really cute if you made them so they were looking at each other.
Make sure that you wait 15 minutes or longer before continuing to the next step. If you don’t, you run the high risk of smearing your design.
Step 8: Add a Top Coat
Step 9: Look Down at Your Nails & Remember That Monsters Need Love, Too!
Hmm…when I looked at my nails, I sometimes saw a middle-aged man. But let’s just pretend that we only see Frankenstein’s Monster, okay?
Do you think you’ll be trying this Frankenstein’s Monster nail art on your fingertips? Which is your favourite novel? Any other Mary Shelley fans out there?