Sugar skulls have been popular in the nail world used for nail art for years....I've never really been into that look, partially because I'm not into Halloween that much or skulls of any type. Then when I watched the movie The Book of Life a couple years ago that all changed! It's a beautiful, funny and sweet movie that's not just for kids. It's become one of my favorite movies! After watching that I understood the meaning behind Dia De Los Muertos. Since then I did want to do those designs but I knew there was no way I was doing that without a stamping plate. Fast forward to a few weeks ago when my one and only Halloween plate arrived and there are a few sugar skull designs on it!
Fast, fast forward to today when I finally got to mess around with them! I didn't really have a plan going in, but this morning I was washing my hands in our downstairs bathroom which has this soap from Bath and Body Works and it hit me! :) Nail inspo is born!
Ghoul Friend is a Halloween soap from BBW, its very sweet scented. I had several textured polishes I wanted to use but the one that came the closest is Cirque Cerrillos, a teal holographic polish that is AMAZING!
Not too shabby!
I decided on a white base of Zoya Purity, then laid the decal on over it. I didn't even fit on my super short nails! I turned him a little diagonally, pressed gently down, and trimmed the excess with my nippers. Followed with more topcoat!
Finally ready to start my "for real" decal....got a pretty decent pick up! Better than the first time and pretty good for such a detailed design and regular polish. I was sure to put a layer of topcoat on ;)
I got halfway filling in the second one, trying to be more accurate, and then I realized I should have done the outline in GOLD, not BLACK. Ugh! Duh! So I peeled it off and started over again. The gold I picked is OPI 50 Years of Style, which is a gold chrome-ish polish that stamps pretty well for me.
On my pinky is Zoya Lorna, one of the new pixie dusts! I slapped on one coat of topcoat to make it shiny.
Overall I'm pretty happy with these, considering I'm to stamping the equivalent of a person seeing a doctor on tv performing brain surgery and thinking, allright, yup, got it, I can do that ;) I wasn't about to waste my below-average practice decal so I left him on my thumb.
Also....I purchased Cirque Cerillos from a destash forever ago and I think this is the first time I've used it! Now I don't want to take it off!