HALLOWEEN NAIL ART: Cute Kitten In The Pumpkin Patch Nails

by - October 11, 2021

When I sit down to think about a whole bunch of mani's in one theme, like Halloween, I try to be mindful of a diversity of vibes, if you will. By which I mean, I don't want to live too firmly in one mood or style if I'm going to be creating a bunch of different mani's in the same theme. With Halloween, I think there are a lot of different directions that it makes sense to go, even if the knee jerk is to keep it creepy and spooky. For today's mani, I'm leaning pretty heavily into cuteness with this straight up kitty and pumpkin design! Also, here in Canada, today is Thanksgiving, so I figured this would be a good way to acknowledge that particular holiday without stepping outside of my every day is Halloween plans - two birds stoned and all that.

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When I sat down to do these nails, I knew exactly what the design was going to be as far as placement of the reverse stamping and a basic color story, but I had no idea what polishes I was going to use until I started digging around in my Helmer. Ultimately, I decided to grab for four polishes from the Sinful Colors Stoned Crystal Shimmers collection, which was unfortunately limited and isn't available anymore but is, in my opinion, one of the best collections Sinful has ever done. I went with this sort of sandy beige nude for the base and then grabbed a green for the leaves and an orange for the pumpkins before deciding that for the purposes of sticking with this collection of polishes the kitten was going to have to be purple and that was that. 

To start, I applied two coats of the base polish to all of my nails and let that dry while I did my reverse stamping pickup and fill. 

To keep this look soft, I considered going with a brown stamping polish for my pickup, but ultimately I felt like I needed that crispness that comes from black so I went with that. I used two different stampers and picked up the pumpkin patch image as well as the kitten in the jack-o-lantern so that I could fill both in at the same time. I used a couple of different dotting tools to fill in this image, using a larger one to fill in the larger images as well as a couple of smaller ones for the more intricate work. Once my base polish was dry and my stamping images were dry to the touch but still flexible, I applied a layer of sticky base coat to the nails and let it dry down to tacky before transferring the images. 

To clean up the edges, I trimmed any excess using a metal cuticle tool and then crisped up the edges with a cleanup brush dipped in acetone. Once I was happy with the overall design, I sealed in the stamping with a water based top coat and then finished with a matte top coat to all of my nails. And voila!

All Products Used
Sinful Colors - Just Deserts
Sinful Colors - Super Cooper
Sinful Colors - Clay Me
Sinful Colors - Namaste The Night
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Anchor & Heart Sea Glass Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B054 Haul 'r Win Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
NailStuff.ca Dotting Tools**

** PR Gifted from NailStuff.ca - use affiliate code TRYSH for 10% off.

I have to admit that when I picked up this stamping plate earlier this year, doing this mani didn't even occur to me, but I'm so glad that I gave it a go because I love how cute and soft it is - I feel like it definitely stands out and fills a specific space in the whole sea of Halloween nail designs. Also... can we just take a moment to sing the praises of Whats Up Nails products? In case you haven't noticed, when it comes to both stamping plates as well as stamping polishes, Whats Up Nails is definitely my personal favorite. Highly, highly recommend.

Be sure to check back here on the blog every day in October for more Halloween themed nail art designs and head over to @pblnails for video tutorials and bonus designs!

Thanks for reading!

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