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Posted on October 28, 2018
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I have been asked to create Day of the Dead themed nail art mural on a 5 nail tip.
30% of the design has been crystal encrusted sponsored by Swarovski and Crystal Katana.
The entire design has been hand-painted by gel.
I found inspiration in typically used symbols such as sugar skulls, colourful flowers and Monarch butterflies (there is a belief that they hold the spirits of the departed).

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After preparing tips, I have drown a scheme by pencil. Then I have used white gel to paint the marked places on the tips (butterflies and skulls) and beige gel for the face.

After preparing tips, I have drown a scheme by pencil. Then I have used white gel to paint the marked places on the tips (butterflies and skulls) and beige gel for the face.  

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FACE: I have painted the eyes in white, then added blue dots with a black one in the middle lined with black.Then I have added shadows and eye lines. After finishing this, I have sketched a nose and lips. The nose is black, and the lips are pink with black line. I have circled the eyes with purple, lined them with black, put some shadows, and finally added eye lashes. I have used black lines between lips to define cheek bones and painted them purple. I have painted chin and forehead, adding stitches over the lips. At the end I have painted lips red, shaded them, put some shadows on the entire face. And last, I have painted some lines on the face for the final look.

FACE: I have painted the eyes in white, then added blue dots with a black one in the middle lined with black.Then I have added shadows and eye lines. After finishing this, I have sketched a nose and lips. The nose is black, and the lips are pink with black line. I have circled the eyes with purple, lined them with black, put some shadows, and finally added eye lashes. I have used black lines between lips to define cheek bones and painted them purple. I have painted chin and forehead, adding stitches over the lips. At the end I have painted lips red, shaded them, put some shadows on the entire face. And last, I have painted some lines on the face for the final look.  

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BUTTERFLIES:I have colored them yellow and orange, blended in between to get the ombre effect, lined them black and added tiny black lines over.

BUTTERFLIES:I have colored them yellow and orange, blended in between to get the ombre effect, lined them black and added tiny black lines over.  

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ROSES: I have used coral as base, then added white shadows, gently lined them black with final black shadows.

ROSES: I have used coral as base, then added white shadows, gently lined them black with final black shadows.  

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PINK FLOWER: I have schemed it in black and added colors (pink, purple, yellow), blended them slightly. I have repeated the entire procedure to enhance the color. Then I have added a tuck, and lined the flower black again.

PINK FLOWER: I have schemed it in black and added colors (pink, purple, yellow), blended them slightly. I have repeated the entire procedure to enhance the color. Then I have added a tuck, and lined the flower black again.  

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FLOWERS UNDER SKULLS: I have painted 2 same flowers, first petals are dark and light blue, and second are dark and light yellow. I have lined them black, adding some shadows ( darker for inner petals, and lighter for outer petals).

FLOWERS UNDER SKULLS: I have painted 2 same flowers, first petals are dark and light blue, and second are dark and light yellow. I have lined them black, adding some shadows ( darker for inner petals, and lighter for outer petals).  

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SKELETON HAND: I have painted hand bones white with some yellow, lined them black, and finally added some shadows.

SKELETON HAND: I have painted hand bones white with some yellow, lined them black, and finally added some shadows.  

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SKULLS: I have lined the bigger skull black, added nose and jaw, and finally added design. I have shaded eyes and nose on the smaller skull.

SKULLS: I have lined the bigger skull black, added nose and jaw, and finally added design. I have shaded eyes and nose on the smaller skull.  

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BACKGROUND AND HAIR: I have decided to connect the entire design with green, with lighter one one the end. I have also used the same color for hair. I have used some transparent white and transparent black for tresses. I have painted black and white lines over to enhance the tress shapes. Everything unpainted I have colored black.

BACKGROUND AND HAIR: I have decided to connect the entire design with green, with lighter one one the end. I have also used the same color for hair. I have used some transparent white and transparent black for tresses. I have painted black and white lines over to enhance the tress shapes. Everything unpainted I have colored black.  

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The design is finished, tips are covered with top coat, and ready for placing Swarovski crystals. I have used Crystal Katana for placing crystals.

The design is finished, tips are covered with top coat, and ready for placing Swarovski crystals. I have used Crystal Katana for placing crystals.  

 
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Dana_NailJunkiePRO - Commented 15 days ago
I love the colors! This is so beautiful!
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MisAshton - Commented 15 days ago
Omg!! This is fantastic!!
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artisannail - Commented 15 days ago
This is gorgeus..!
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Kelseysklaws - Commented 15 days ago
This is incredibley gorgeous! Wow!
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bojana68 - Commented 15 days ago
thank you Dana ❀
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bojana68 - Commented 15 days ago
thank you Kelsie ❀
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bojana68 - Commented 15 days ago
Thank you Ashton ❀
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bojana68 - Commented 15 days ago
Thank you Melisa ❀
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NailKandy - Commented 15 days ago
Stunning! This is such a beautiful piece.
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Jerilee - Commented 15 days ago
So pretty! Love all the detail 😍
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OliveraSweetArt - Commented 12 days ago
<3
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Maribela - Commented 12 days ago
The best πŸ’“πŸ˜πŸ’…

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