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Monday, October 31st, 2011

Candy Corn Nails, Pumpkin Nail Polishes

Happy Halloween!! After my beloved cat, Luv, passed away last month I decided to take a long break to recover and I'm happy to be back just time to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!

Today I have a fun post that consists of Candy Corn Nails along with Pumpkin Nail Polishes from Blue Cross Beauty that can be found at Rite Aid or Meijer stores. With Candy Corn being one of the most popular candies sold during Halloween, it was only fitting to sport a White, Orange and Yellow Candy Corn Manicure with a gradient twist.

Gradient Nail Art is actually super easy once you've mastered the technique of blending layers with a sponge. And it works with about any nail polish - not just sheer or jelly finishes. I plan on dedicating an entire post on gradients very soon, but here is a super quick tutorial until then. 

What I used: Wet n Wild Mad-Styles (white), Wet n Wild Scratchiti (orange), Wet n Wild Art Crime (yellow) and a sponge (any makeup, paint or nail art sponge will work).

There are many ways to accomplish a multiple layered look. You can freehand it or use tape or nail guides. I personally just painted my whole nail white, then orange, then yellow. Just make sure the polish you use is opaque.

Before you start sponging, make sure the nail is completely dry or else you'll encounter bald spots. The main goal here is to cover up the lines of each color. Start sponging in a blotting motion using the white or orange color (your preference). And if you over sponge like I did above, just take the orange and repeat. It's a cinch to cover up mistakes. Continue this process until you're satisfied.

Finish with a top coat and it's that easy! Are you ready for Pumpkin Polishes?!

Blue Glitter - A mixture of blue, gold and pink glitter in a clear base.

Green Glitter - A mixture of green and gold glitter in a semi sheer tinted green base.

Purple Glitter - A mixture of pink and blue glitter in a semil sheer purple/pink base.

Multi Glitter - A multi colored glitter in a clear base over Dior Rock Coat.

Silver Glitter - A silver glitter in a clear base with black hexagon pieces over gray.

Blue Glitter - A blue glitter in an opaque blue base color. 

Purple Iridescent Glitter - An iridescent flakie in a purple jelly base, same as Claire's.

Orange Glitter - An opaque orange glitter with silver hexagon pieces.

Black Glitter - An opaque black glitter with silver hexagon pieces.

Pink Glitter - A pink glitter in a clear base with sliver hexagon pieces.

What do you think of my gradient Candy Corn Manicure? Did you wear anything special? Hope you had a safe and wonderful Halloween!

(9) Comments

Nail Lover said on Nov 1st, 2011 12:08 pm
Awwe, I'm so sorry to hear about you're cat... But on a good note, I'm so glad you're back... You're nail art tut's rock...! And Whoa, those pumpkin polishes are sooo awesome! Wish I had a Meijer
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Hana said on Nov 1st, 2011 7:36 pm
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. :( I know how hard that is. Glad you're back though. And I love these candy corn nails!
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Brittany said on Nov 2nd, 2011 2:22 pm
I have totally missed you and I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. Oh and uh....your candy corn nails are the BEST that I've seen. You don't even want to see mine. They are horrific.
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Alyssa E. said on Nov 2nd, 2011 2:52 pm
So sorry about your cat :( :( thats hard to deal with! Your candy corn nails though look amazing! Also, I LOVE looking at your gallery photos :)
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Swatch And Learn said on Nov 2nd, 2011 3:46 pm
Steph, I'm really sorry to hear about your cat's passing. It's always difficult to lose a pet, especially when you're used to your cat being there all the time.

Thanks for posting this cheerful post. Love your candy-corn nails. I'd like to try sponging soon. :)

And I really like the orange-glitter pumpkin polish the best. Very autumnal!

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Carol said on Nov 6th, 2011 1:11 am
Hi Steph, I am so sorry to hear about your cat. I know how sad it is to lose a member of the family. I love your candy corn nails. Looks fabulous!!
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Frosso said on Nov 7th, 2011 7:03 pm
I love the candy corn nails! Its such a cute and clever idea :)
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Katie said on Nov 10th, 2011 7:47 pm
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I hope you are doing well. Your candy corn nails are very cute!
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tyroneburrier said on Nov 21st, 2011 9:23 pm
You've got a good taste in combining colors for a nail polish. You're really creative coming up with these styles. I'll share your post with my girlfriend.
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