HALLOWEEN NAIL ART: Slithery & Witchy Green Smoosh Mani

by - October 16, 2022

Though it wasn't necessarily my intention, today's Halloween mani went from a generally witcht inspiration to something that feels distinctly Slitherrrrrry, if you know what I mean. That being said, I'm honestly like... straight up obsessed with this mani and how it all turned out. I had sort of a loose idea of what I was going to do... something in my notes like "deep green, witchy images".. but I was so very much no prepared for how this turned out in the end. I do not like to toot my own horn, but I am just so in love with how this one turned out. 

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I will say that this mani definitely took some inspiration as far as technique from my Pretty Creepy Halloween Smoosh Mani and I even used a few of the same products, though I think the overall vibe of this one is really completely different from that one. The thing that really drove this one for me was the color story, which has that depth and smokiness that just screams witchiness to me.

For the smoosh, I decided to use three colors. The color story definitely started with Bluebird Lacquer's The Ryan King 2.0, which I think really drives this color story overall, and then added dimension using Picture Polish's Winter and Sage to bring a little bit of ashiness and some pops of what smoky lightness. I applied one coat of Winter as my base along with a cuticle barrier and let those dry down. Next, I applied dots of the three smoosh colors onto my stamper head in equal measure and then pounced the stamper onto my nails until I got the blend and application I was looking for. 

For the stamping, I knew that I wanted to use the snake image one my ring finger and I sort of chose the rest of the images based off that. I went with a dagger on my pink, this skull and moon (that sort of ended up looking like a skull with horns) on my middle finger, and this urn on my first finger, and finally (not pictured) the hour glass on my thumb. I picked up the images using my favorite black stamping polish and filled them with Picture Polish's Lakodom, which is a silvery white holo that is stunning for reverse stamping. Once my decals were ready to transfer to the nails, I applied a thin layer of sticky base coat to the nails and let that get tacky. I started by applying a really fine spiderweb image to the nails to just add a little bit of texture to that background and fill the nails so that nothing looked bare and then I went straight in with the decals and tried my best to center them on the nail.

Once I was happy with my design, I sealed it in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a glitter smoothing top coat to smooth out any lumps left behind from the reverse fill. Finally, I finished with a layer of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and voila!

All Products Used
Bluebird Lacquer - The Ryan King 2.0
Picture Polish - Winter
Picture Polish - Sage
Picture Polish - Lakodom
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Manitude x Spell Check Stamping Plate
Pict You PY-J050 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
NailStuff.ca Dotting Tool**
NailStuff.ca Nail Art Brushes**

** = Affiliate NailStuff.ca ~ code TRYSH

Have I mentioned that I'm obsessed? I'm obsessed. I love how this smoosh background turned out, I love how the overall vibe just screams dark wizard without being like... explicitly Hogwarts-y, and I just feel like it completely does what I wanted it to when I set out to do this mani. Also, in case you're wondering, I continue to be really happy with how well the Manitude stamping plates perform. Two thumbs way up. 

You know.. you should probably go follow me over at @pblnails on Instagram so you can keep up on all of my nail art, including new Halloween nail designs every day in October, and also for video tutorials for all of the mani's I post here on the blog!

Thanks for reading!

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