Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Sugar Skull
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Sugar Skull

4:00 AM

If you couldn’t tell by my Instagram, I’ve been a little obsessed with sugar skulls and Dia de los Muertos aka The Day of the Dead.  I actually love all things that have to do with Halloween, skulls, sugar skulls, pumpkins, and anything fall related really.  Even though this design was one of the most intricate of designs (it took me well over 2 hours) it is hands down one of my favorites.  The colors and the brightness of it all really pops and I’ve gotten many compliments on this design.  Even guys have said wow to this, and let’s be honest guys don’t pay attention to nails.

These are all of the colors and brands I used.  I swear by Sally Hansen and OPI as far as polish, topcoat, and strengthener goes, but as for nail art pens that are super easy to use I go with Nail Chic.  It’s an Asian company and I am started to run out of polish on some of these and well, when I went on Amazon and Ebay it said it would take about 2-3 weeks to get to me, total bummer for those of us who want polish now haha.  I just thought of that commercial “I want my money and I need it now.”

First you make sure you shape your nail and all of that good stuff, but you want to start off with your white polish.  Mine is Sally Hansen.  Afterwards make two dots with either the nail art pen, or I find it easier just to use the regular nail polish applicator by Sally Hansen in black.

This is where I start using the nail art pen for the nose of the skull.  If it’s easier you can make two lines, but pictured here are almost like two mirrored droplets as the nose.

Moving on to the teeth.  I used the black nail art pen.  It’s thin enough to make the teeth then strike a line through.  If for some reason you mess up take a tooth pick and dip it in the white polish and just kind of dab it on top of the black polish.  I don’t have a white nail art pen so I have to do it the old fashioned way!

Now it’s time to have fun with your design.  Get creative.  I made a few of the nails the same but since some of my nails are shorter than others I had to make sure it would look good on both short and long nails.  These are the nails I came up with.  I hope you enjoyed this everyone!  This took be about 2-3 hours so if you are a beginner like me allow yourself some time for a design like this.  Happy painting!


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  1. Totally impressive! I love the Dia de los muertos celebrations and the whole concept behind it. Makes me miss college and all my Spanish education which I've practically forgotten all of. Sigh.

  2. Omg, I am inspired to go do mine. So cool Monica, Love them all...

  3. cute!!!! love nails art <3

  4. This came out so good! I'm going to try it at least on one nail. I agree Sally Hansen makes good nail products.


  5. Just stumbled across this great post January. I love me some Dia de los Muertos and sugar skulls and pan de muerto and altars and the whole kit and kaboodle. Your nails are to die for...pardon the pun. Love them!


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