I haven’t quite settled on a costume idea for Halloween yet, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten into the holiday spirit. Like every other girl in her mid 20s, I’ve been scoping out the scary-good nail artwork on Pinterest on a daily basis. The only downside? It makes everything look so easy! Sure, a mural depicting the resurrection of Frankenstein would be awesome painted on my thumbnail, but seeing how I’m no artist extraordinaire, I decided to keep it simple with basic designs like skulls, spiders, and cobwebs.

Using a few base nail polish colors, two nail art pens, and some tiny crystal stones, I tried my hand at some of my own digit decorations, and I have to say – the art pens worked like a charm. I’ve dabbled in delicate nail work before, using regular nail polish and toothpicks, but I’ve never been able to do such fine details successfully. Here’s how I achieved this spooky look:

Cobweb Nails

1. Begin by painting your nails the base color of your choice. I went with a neon purple to stand out against the black web.

2. When your base is dry, use the art pen to draw lines radiating out from a single point on your cuticle toward the tip of your nail.

3. Next, connect these lines with two or so perpendicular lines to form the “web” between them.

4. When your webs have dried, paint a clear nail polish coat on top.

5. While the clear polish is still wet, carefully apply the black crystals to the “web” with tweezers to look like little spiders (don’t use too many or you’ll hide the web design).

That’s it – piece of cake! The real problem was keeping my hand out of the candy corn dish for long enough to let my nails dry.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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October 18, 2012