How NOT to paint your nails…

Or what this was originally going to be called ‘I tried 3D skeleton nail art’. But sometimes, things just don’t go right. Sometimes, we simply don’t appreciate how much skill is involved in certain things…


So this is how NOT to paint your nails. You’re welcome.

Basically seeing this picture sent me into a total spin:


I needed those nails. And they couldn’t be THAT difficult to do, right? Considering that I paint my nails maybe 3 times a year, and when I do it’s a basic 60 seconds polish. One coat. Thank you.


Uh. Ok. After scrabbling around on Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube, I found the tutorial. And the biggest problem I was facing was that it used gel polish and UV light thingy. I had neither of these, nor did I want to fork out the cash to get them. #cheap


For a long while (longer than is sensible) I seriously consider supergluing rice to my nails to create the 3D effect. Not only is this a stupid idea, it without a doubt would not work.


So! Plan B. Spooky nails with budget materials:


What did I learn? White nail polish is not very forgiving.


What did I also learn? Any kind of nail art will always look ok on one hand…


But then TERRIBLE on the other. I am obviously not ambidextrous.


These little dudes came out ok (if you just look at my left hand). And it’s pretty simple. A few lines and you are good to spook! I would suggest two layers of the black however because it doesn’t take much wear and tear, quickly rubbing off when you’re doing stuff. (see above)

Have you tried nail art? Were you successful, and if so, what is your fave design to do?

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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