So, I don’t really have the time or patience to sit around drawing designs etc on my nails and in my opinion at this time of year when everyone is going over the top in costumes and decorating it’s nice to keep some things simple.
This look is super easy, super quick and will produce a different design on every person.
What I used
For this look I used:
- Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener all in one
- The Elle Orange
- Barry M Nail Effects Nail Paint in Black (311)
Producing the Look
- Paint on a layer of basecoat onto the nail. The purpose of basecoat is to protect your nails and as I’m using the 3-in-1 polish it will also harden my nails preventing breakages/flaking and will make them shiny. This is an optional step but I do believe it helps your nails look better for longer.
- Wait for the base to dry before painting on a layer of the orange polish. Depending on the brand and quality of the one you’ve chosen you may need a couple of coats to get a perfect opaque look. You needn’t be so perfect with the actual application as the shatter effect will cover any little flaws. Don’t worry about spillage onto the skin as this can be corrected with a little polish remover at the end. Wait for each layer to dry before painting on the next or moving onto the next step.
3. Cover the whole nail in a single layer of the Nail effects polish; Be careful not to overlap the strokes as this result in blotchy, lumpy patterns.
4. Use a cotton bud dipped in polish remover to tidy the edges and any spills.
5. Once dry finish with a layer of topcoat to add extra shine and protection.
As you can see the shatter effects polish produces a different pattern on each nail. Rather than covering the entire nail with the black polish I painted stripes which is why the pattern is quite sparse, I did this because my brush and pot have become caked up and I need to get it back to its usual consistency (see tips below if this happens to you).
One of the problems that I find with the Barry M special effect polishes is that they react very quickly to the air and the polish cakes up around the brush and in the bottle within a few minutes. It gets to the point where you can’t use the polish but instead of throwing it away and wasting money on a new bottle simple wash the brush in a cap full of nail varnish remover and add a couple of drops to the bottle, put the lid back onto the bottle, give it a shake and wait for a few minutes. Good as new!
Adapt the colour for your costume! I chose orange and black because they are the traditional Halloween colours. My sister is dressing up as a devil so she chose red and black. Nails effects come in various colours including white, light blue and the new blue and gold colours. O.P.I may have more colours and there are tons of other brands that jumped on the bandwagon and produced their own shatter effect polishes. If you fancy a different effect then Barry M have just introduced a ‘foil effect’ and Nails Inc. have launched a version where you pass a magnet over the nail colour to produced a striped pattern.
Barry M 3-in-1 polish can be bought at Boots, Superdrug or through Barry M for £2.99
Barry M Nail effects nail paint can be bought at Boots, Superdrug or through Barry M for £3.99 and is available in 6 colours
The Elle Orange was a sample pot.