Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Candy Corn Nails - How To

I've been sporting my Candy Corn nails since last Friday and I can say without a doubt that this manicure has gotten me far and away more compliments than ANY manicure I've ever worn.  It is incredible how many people have noticed and commented on my nails these past five days (and not just women either!).  The owner of Subway, a older man from India, said (how cute is this?), "This is the one time it is a good time to bite your nails!"  It's amazing - and it makes me not want to redo them in a new color!  A lot of people I've run into asked me how I did this mani, so I wanted to do a quick step-by-step.

Step One

I used two coats of OPI Need Sunglasses?, but pretty much any yellow should work.  Let that dry for a few minutes before moving to step 2.

Step Two

I freehanded the stripes, but you could use french nail guides if that is easier.  I made the stripes curved, because I thought that looked more candy corn-like.  To do this, I painted from the left of the nail to the middle using the flatter side of the brush, then I painted from the right side over, connecting the two arcs.  Then I filled everything in up to the tips of my nails.  For this, I used OPI Flit A Bit.  Let that dry before moving to step 3.

Step Three

Complete the candy corns by adding white tips.  This can also be done with french nail guides, as long as the polish below is totally dry.  I freehanded this using the Kiss Nail Art Striper in white.  This has a really thin, tiny brush, which is perfect for finer detail work.

Step Four

To finish my mani, I applied TWO coats of Seche Vite.  This helped to smooth out the layered feeling, plus it made my nails shiny and it has protected my mani for the past five days (no chips!).  
Now go show off your fabulous Halloween nails :)

I hope you give this mani a try (and I hope this tutorial helps!).
If you do a candy corn mani too, I'd love to see pictures!!


Stiletto said...

yours are SOOOO much better than mine! love 'em!!!

Unknown said...

OMG :0

AMAZING nails... lovely <3

Skulda said...

It's very eye-catching!
Thanks for the how-to! :D

Megan Harmeyer said...

Very cute!! I'm rockin' a Halloween mani right now, but I'm thinking about trying this one next.

The Preppy Student said...

this is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Cute! I think I'm going to try this out. I have to find my yellow polish though. I'm hoping I have some left.

♥ SailorWifey

♥ Starryxuan said...

So pretty. wanna get a yellow nail polish! :)

fierce nails and beauty said...

thats a really cute mani!!!
Great job.

Playing with Polish said...

How fun! I love it!!! :-)

Unknown said...

I'm definitely doing this one :)

Kelsey said...

I love this!!!

alikat789 said...

Wow, these are great, thanks for the tutorial.thanks for the seche vite tip maybe that's my problem why my nails chip after a day of wear with seche vite.

Anonymous said...

Catching up here....love this and will try it ASAP along with your apple crisp recipe. YUM!

Naildesign said...

Wow, what a great Idea... looks Fresh

Thx for this Inspiration :-)


Jenny said...

I finally got my candy corn nails posted! They were really fun to wear! :)


Unknown said...

may i just say that your nails are looking fab-u miss brooke :D probably the best i've ever seen them!!

Sophia said...

This is so freakin cool! I love your tutorials, now only if I could have the patience to paint my nails three different colors LOL.

Kalee said...

thank you so much. i have been painting my nails for halloween all month and i was needing another idea. i just painted my nails like this but added a cute pumpkin decal on my ring fingers and they look soo cute. i just hope with allll these layers my mani wont chip or peel fast.

Witoxicity said...

Oh, this is so cute! I so love how it looks. Thanks so much for the tutorial. :)

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for all of your awesome comments, everyone!!! I had a hard time taking this mani off - it is one of my favorite manicures EVER!!

Stiletto, no way - yours are SUPER cute :)

You're welcome, AliKat!!

Jenny, yours look awesome!

Thanks Kellie :) It's all Seche Restore and the CND Shellac Mani I wore for 21 days. I've never seen my nails looking better either!! YAHOO!

Zara said...

I definitely plan on trying this! Thanks for the tutorial!

Leslie said...

I tried it and linked it back to your page here http://straessley.blogspot.com/

Thanks!!! :)

Alexa said...

Wow, great idea, those nails look brilliant. I´m going to copy your design for the next weekend :-)

Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl said...

I am going to have to recreate this look for my 11-yr-old daughter. She'll love it!

make handmade said...

Great idea and tutorial. Love it, thanks for sharing

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