HALLOWEEN NAIL ART: Purple & Black Spooky Chevron French Mani

by - October 26, 2021

Clearly as I've been going through this Halloween nail design process, I've spent a lot of time thinking about Halloween colours and my favorite ways to pair them. Obviously black goes with everything - just ask the state of my stamping polishes that I've been reaching for pretty much constantly - but one of my personal favorite pairings is this sort of witchy Halloween purple with black. When I sat down to use the stamping image that I used for this plate I just knew that I wanted to employ that pairing but I wasn't immediately certain HOW I wanted to do it.

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I feel like I'm saying this a lot throughout this process, but as soon as I got Glisten & Glow's Rainbow Bridge in my July PPU order, I knew that it was going to get reached for to create Halloween nail art. I did think it was going to end up being more of a star than an accent, which I think is what it ended up being here, but it's just stunning and I know it's going to be a polish that I reach for a lot in the future. It also is really what inspired the rest of the color scheme. I started with this polish and and really built out from there in my planning.

Anyway, for this mani, I started by applying two coats of Rainbow Bridge to all of my nails and letting it dry down. 

This is definitely one of those times when I had a much simpler idea going in than what I ended up doing for the finished product, but I definitely think it's a step up from what I was planning. Initially, I was just going to layer the solid chevron image with the sort of lacy spiderweb and bats image that fits directly over it so I started by applying the solid image in a pale grey that I thought would look great with the black and purple pairing. It was at this point that I realized that I wanted to do more, so I grabbed for a purple créme stamping polish that felt really similar in tone to the base polish and applied the same image directly underneath the grey one. Next, I went in with the bats image and applied that directly on top of the grey. Finally, at this point I felt like I needed just a little bit more, so I went in again with that solid chevron image and applied it in black right under the purple at the tip of the nail.

Once I was finally happy with the stamping design, I sealed it in with a layer of nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of quick dry top coat. And voila!

All Products Used
Glisten & Glow - Rainbow Bridge (PPU)
KADS Nail Art - 06 Gray 
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Whats Up Nails - Purple Kitty
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Top Coat
KADS Halloween 010 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I really, really love the final product that came out, even though it ended up being improvised as I went. For me, changing the plan on the fly can be a little bit hit and miss, but in this case I feel like it's a hit. Also, I really continue to be super impressed with the KADS stamping plates that I've tried so far. They have really unique designs and they're really perfectly etched to get a solid pickup with a lot of different stamping polishes. Definitely look for more manis using KADS plates in the future!

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for new Halloween themed nail art designs every day in October and head over to @pblnails for video tutorials on all of my designs!

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