Today’s Hallowe’en nail art: Mummy Nails!
I decided to put a little spin on it. I tried to go the underground-graphic-novel route for my mummy nail art.
Classic mummy nails consist of more horizontal lines, but, as you can see, I changed it up by adding lots of thick diagonal and vertical lines. I felt like this gave it more of a wrapped and comic-sketched feel.
This is another design that’s super simple to do – you need 3 colours and it’s just freehand lines and dots.
Plus the cool thing about giving them red eyes is that if you accidentally smear them while putting on a top coat (like I did), it actually gives them that bloody-eye look, which is tres chic avec les momies, n’est pas?
Mummy Nail Art Pictures
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Snow
- Lines: NYX Ink Nail Art (Black)
- China Glaze Liquid Leather (Black)
- China Glaze Snow (White)
- Nubar Sensual Red (Red)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails White
You may need to apply 2 or more coats since white nail polish tends to be streaky.
Wait a good 8 minutes before continuing to the next step. This will ensure that the polish has a chance to dry a bit so that when you paint over it, it won’t pull at the white polish.
This is the first time that I’ve ever used China Glaze Snow, and while it’s not perfect, it gave me great coverage in just 2 coats. Also, it’s a stark white, so it’s perfect for when you need a really clean, bright white.
Step 3: Add Black Lines
This part doesn’t need to be precise. Taking your striper, apply diagonal, vertical, and horizontal lines. Each nail doesn’t have to have the same pattern. Not all mummies are wrapped the same!
What I did was work on my nail near the cuticle first. I alternated the direction of my diagonal lines on every other nail. Then I added my horizontal lines, followed by any-direction lines near the tips.
Step 4: Add Black Dots
Add a few drops of black polish onto your piece of foil. Then dip your dotting tool into it. Carefully place 2 dots on each nail.
Wait a few minutes to allow this to partially dry before proceeding.
Steps 5 & 6: Add a White Dot & Then Red Pupils
Use the same method in the previous step but with white polish. When you dot the white on top of the black dots, try to leave a ring of black. This will outline your eyes more, especially since there’s so much going on elsewhere.
Wait a few minutes to allow this to partially dry.
When you apply the red pupils, try to keep them in the middle of the white dots you just made.
Wait 15 minutes to allow all of this to dry some more.
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
When you put top coat on, try to barely touch the design with your brush. Use a large glob of polish and just glide that on. This will minimize any smearing. But like I said earlier, with this design, even if you smear the eyes, it just adds to the cool effect.
Hope you liked this simple nail design!
Have you ever dressed up as a mummy for Hallowe’en? What is your favourite Hallowe’en character? Mine’s Frankenstein’s Monster! (I’ll try to do a nail-art tutorial on that later.)