12 NAILS OF HALLOWEEN: Smoky Rainbow Gradient Skull Nail Ar

by - October 16, 2020

I have to admit, the inspiration for my 12 Nails Of Halloween was starting to run dry, but as soon as I picked up the Color Club Halo Jewels Collection it started flowing once again. Immediately I wanted to create gradients using these polishes because I just knew that they would pop beautifully. Even though I tend to try and change things up for all 12 manis, this collection was just screaming for a rainbow gradient and who am I to resist? I paired the gradient with some skull stamping - a favorite design for me at this time of year - and I'm super excited at how it turned out. 

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As I always do for these types of gradients, I started with the lighter of the two shades as a base for each nail - in this case, blue for the first and middle fingers, pink for the ring finger, and mauve for the pinkie., Next, after applying cuticle barrier, I applied the gradient using makeup sponges. The only problem with a spectrum gradient like this is the number of sponges you'll end up using - one for each finger - but it's worth it in the end. As you can see, I only used five shades, but it ends up looking more nuanced than that because of the pairings on each nail. To finish, I removed the cuticle barrier and crisped up the edge with a clean up brush dipped in acetone.

For the stamping, I reached for the Beauty Big Bang 04 Stamping Plate, which has this great mountain of skulls image, along with What's Up Nails Neither Noir Stamping Polish. I always love the look of rich black stamping over a bold rainbow gradient because I feel like it really pops that base. I also applied the same image to all of my nails because I didn't want to get too busy or intricate and take away from the base.

To finish, I sealed in the stamping with a water based top coat and then finished with a generous coat of quick dry glossy top coat and voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - Unbreakable
Color Club - That's Rich
Color Club - Under Pressure
Color Club - What A Gem
Color Club - Rock On
What's Up Nails - Neither Noir
Suncoat Water Based Top Coat
QUO Beauty Flash Dry Top Coat
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard
Beauty Big Bang 04 Stamping Plate
What's Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I love when a polish brings inspiration to life. I don't know about you guys, but 2020 is definitely starting to wear on me and I will 100% admit that getting my hands on the Color Club Halo Jewels Collection has seriously bumped up my inspiration and excitement to sit down and do my nails - which is pretty necessary when trying to do 12 different mani's on one theme. If you haven't checked out my Swatch & Review of the collection, head over and check it out, because these polishes are gorgeous!

Thanks for reading! Be sure to come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all month to check out all of my 12 Nails Of Halloween manis!

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