I’m really getting into the Halloween spirit here, and this is my third and final Halloween nail tutorial. (You can see my post about a pretty starry night tutorial here, and a pumpkin confetti tutorial here.)
As I’m going to be dressing as Medusa this Halloween, I thought a snakeskin mani was the only appropriate choice for nail art! Luckily, it’s pretty easy to replicate this.
Indigo Skull Scarf, Alexander McQueen
All you need is are two contrasting colours, some lace, and a makeup sponge. I’ve found that this effect works best if you use a dark colour underneath and a lighter colour on top. My tools are in the top left, and my first attempt is on the top right. Bottom left shows you how to place the lace over your varnished nail: basically, paint your nails as usual with your base and colour, then stretch over the lace and sponge the lighter top coat over the top, very sparingly. You then end up with the effect on the right! I used Ruby & Millie in Green, and topped with Revlon’s Gold Coin. Then, a slick of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, if you’re happy with the look. But me, I’m NEVER happy…
Snake Finger Tip Ring, ASOS / Grey Snakeskin Bag, Primark / Snake Bracelet, ASOS / Snake Necklace, eBay / Grey Skull Bracelet, Links of London
The top two images are the plain snakeskin mani, but if your base colour is very opaque, you can paint that over the top again, and get a really subtle snakeskin look, especially if you use a metallic glitter like I did…
But wait! There’s more!
Emerald Ring, Primark
If you’re going the whole hog, you may as well add some OPI Matte Top Coat, too! I found it really makes the snakeskin effect pop through the opaque layer…
Any plans for fancy nails this Halloween? Is anyone going to try out these tutorials? Let me know below!
10 thoughts on “Halloween Snakeskin Nail Art Tutorial”
I need to try this! I absolutely love the look of these nails!
xx Easy Outfits, by Pip
Thank you! They’re easy to do – I’m not exactly a pro when it comes to nails, but these seemed to come out well anyway!
That looks SO cool – love it!
xx lexi @ glitter, inc.
Thanks Lexi! I hope you get a chance to give it a try!
Thank you! 😀 Glad you enjoyed the post!
love these nailpolish ideas, so cool!!
xx Vera & Rony
This is such a great and simple idea. Will definitely be trying.
Wow – that matte top coat made all the difference – I loved how the snakeskin looked w/ it!
The Fashionable ESQ
WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for nail art tutorials