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Our first challenge was Bewitching Hour sponsored by Swarovski. We had to create Halloween nail art inspired by our favorite witch using a mix of hand painting, 3D elements and Swarovksi crystals to create our looks.

I knew right away that I was going to be doing my set based off Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I grew up watching the show and just recently watched them all again. I searched through photos from the TV show to help me decided on what I wanted to do for my set and after some searching I decided that I also wanted to include a little from the animated series and from the CGI series. Once I knew what I wanted to include from each show I mentally planned out what I wanted the set to look like.

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This is my inspiration board. I used these to help create my look!

This is my inspiration board. I used these to help create my look!  

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First I painted 3 nails black and 2 nails white using gel polish. Cured them and buffed them.

First I painted 3 nails black and 2 nails white using gel polish. Cured them and buffed them.  

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For the hand painting part I outlined the shape for both Salem and Sabrina using gel polish, cured the outline. Then filled in the design, cured. After I had the basic look down I went in and added all of the detail and then finished the design with a matte top coat. Then I went back in with a thicker gel for Salems whiskers and Sabrinas eyelashes to make them stand out a little more. Once it was cured I went over it with acrylic paint and then sealed it again with a matte top coat.

For the hand painting part I outlined the shape for both Salem and Sabrina using gel polish, cured the outline. Then filled in the design, cured. After I had the basic look down I went in and added all of the detail and then finished the design with a matte top coat. Then I went back in with a thicker gel for Salems whiskers and Sabrinas eyelashes to make them stand out a little more. Once it was cured I went over it with acrylic paint and then sealed it again with a matte top coat.  

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For the black nails I wanted a minimal look to them since I would be adding my 3d elements to them. I went in first with a white gel polish and dotted it in a swirly pattern to mimic her spell casting effect that happens in the show. Once the white was cured I added in some purple dots over it then sealed them all with a matte top coat.

For the black nails I wanted a minimal look to them since I would be adding my 3d elements to them. I went in first with a white gel polish and dotted it in a swirly pattern to mimic her spell casting effect that happens in the show. Once the white was cured I added in some purple dots over it then sealed them all with a matte top coat.  

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For the 3d elements I started off with the basic shapes. \nThe witches hat I used black acrylic.\nFor the spell book and broom I mixed colored gel with acrylic together so I could make it almost a 3d gel like consistency to make it easier for me to manipulate into the shapes I wanted. \nOnce they looked how I wanted them to I cured in the UV light.

For the 3d elements I started off with the basic shapes. \nThe witches hat I used black acrylic.\nFor the spell book and broom I mixed colored gel with acrylic together so I could make it almost a 3d gel like consistency to make it easier for me to manipulate into the shapes I wanted. \nOnce they looked how I wanted them to I cured in the UV light.  

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For the witches hat I went back in with the black acrylic to shape it more like an actual witches hat. Then I filled the bottom part so it would be so straight and had more of a flow. \nOn the broom and spell book I used gel polish to add in my details and then topped them off with a matte top coat.

For the witches hat I went back in with the black acrylic to shape it more like an actual witches hat. Then I filled the bottom part so it would be so straight and had more of a flow. \nOn the broom and spell book I used gel polish to add in my details and then topped them off with a matte top coat.  

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For the

For the "magic" spirals coming from behind the spell book I used a straw and put gel around it in a spiral design. Then I added a glitter gel and top coated the design and slid off the spirals.  

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Once I had all my 3d elements done I used acrylic to place them on my nail tips.

Once I had all my 3d elements done I used acrylic to place them on my nail tips.  

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Once they were all placed I used the Swarovski crystals and crystal pixies to the set. I added the crystal pixies on the white spaces on Sabrina and Salem. I also used them on Sabrinas dress and on the spell casting designs. \nI added a gel top coat on the hat and placed the crystals were I wanted them, then cured.

Once they were all placed I used the Swarovski crystals and crystal pixies to the set. I added the crystal pixies on the white spaces on Sabrina and Salem. I also used them on Sabrinas dress and on the spell casting designs. \nI added a gel top coat on the hat and placed the crystals were I wanted them, then cured.  

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For the final step I went back I added star Swarovski crystals since I felt like I needed more sparkle. I also went back to the spell book and added more detail and added the pixies in the spots where the jewels are placed on her book from the TV show.

For the final step I went back I added star Swarovski crystals since I felt like I needed more sparkle. I also went back to the spell book and added more detail and added the pixies in the spots where the jewels are placed on her book from the TV show.  

 
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