“For my Julep collaboration, I wanted to create a nail art that fits the special occasion that is coming up… Halloween! For this nail art I was inspired by pumpkin carving because some people can be as simple as they want or they can be as complex and intricate as they want. Much like nail art, pumpkin carving takes a lot of thought and creativity. If you don’t have access to pumpkins or you think carving pumpkins is a little too messy for your liking, then I think this is the perfect alternative for you! I hope you enjoy my creation and tutorial. I look forward to seeing some of your designs!” – Samantha, Nail Art Couture
Julep polishes- Parker, Brandt, Papova & Courteney
Nail Art brush
Step 1. First paint your nails with Parker (Orange) until it is opaque and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Next using a nail art brush and Brandt (Black) trace around your nail to create a border until you achieve your desired thickness.
Step 2. Using Brandt again, create a wide “u” at the bottom center of your pumpkin and two more “u’s” on both sides of the center “u”. Using the same method, do the same thing to the top. Make the wide “n” slightly lower than the edge of the pumpkin. Again, create two more “n’s” on both sides. Finally, add some curved lines to create more dimensions to your pumpkin.
Step 3. Again with Brandt, create the “carving” of the pumpkin. You can use your imagination or Google search for an inspiration. If you’re doing facial expressions like the ones demonstrated, remember to create the mouth first because it takes up the most room of the pumpkin.
Step 4. Using Courteney (Light Green), create a short thick stem at the top center of the pumpkin. Next using Papova (Green polish), outline the left edge of the stem to create a shadow or a lowlight area. Again with Papova, creates swirls on both sides of the stems to replicate the vine.
Step 5. Finally, using Brandt trace on top of the dark green vine swirls to add dimension and shadows. Touch up any part of the nails and seal your design with a topcoat.
Step 6. Repeat these 5 steps for all your nails. Feel free to change up the “carving” design and be as creative as you want!