NTNA Pre-Challenge - Drop Dead Gorgeous

 
 
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Posted on October 28, 2018
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Day Of The Dead, or Día de Muertos (All Souls Day), is a traditional Mexican holiday to honour family members and friends who have passed on. When researching this theme, I was inspired by the makeup and costumes worn during this celebration, specifically Sugar Skulls makeup, and ornate headdresses incorporating fresh flowers. Because this challenge occurs during Halloween, I incorporated a UV reactive and glow-in-the-dark effect for added spooky vibes.
This challenge was sponsored by Swarovski, and Crystal Katana.

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I gathered inspirational images to help me create my design. I was particularly inspired by Sugar Skull makeup, and tattoos of Sugar Skulls.

I gathered inspirational images to help me create my design. I was particularly inspired by Sugar Skull makeup, and tattoos of Sugar Skulls.  

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Glue together 5 nail tips to create a the canvas for your mural, and buff the surface to remove the shine, so that you will be able to sketch your image on top.

Glue together 5 nail tips to create a the canvas for your mural, and buff the surface to remove the shine, so that you will be able to sketch your image on top.  

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Using a rough draft sketch as reference, trace the outline of the design onto the mural.

Using a rough draft sketch as reference, trace the outline of the design onto the mural.  

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Once you are happy with the sketch, paint the outline using gel paint and a fine nail art brush, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.

Once you are happy with the sketch, paint the outline using gel paint and a fine nail art brush, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.  

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Using transfer foil glue and a small detail brush, paint glue where you would like to place metallic foil. Ensure the glue dries thoroughly before pressing the transfer foil down.

Using transfer foil glue and a small detail brush, paint glue where you would like to place metallic foil. Ensure the glue dries thoroughly before pressing the transfer foil down.  

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Fill in the rest of the design with gel paint colors of your choice, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.

Fill in the rest of the design with gel paint colors of your choice, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.  

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To add a glow-in-the-dark effect, spread glow pigment onto the dispersion layer of specific areas you would like to glow, curing in a UV lamp as you work. (The image on the right shows the final mural design in the dark, illuminated with UV light.)

To add a glow-in-the-dark effect, spread glow pigment onto the dispersion layer of specific areas you would like to glow, curing in a UV lamp as you work. (The image on the right shows the final mural design in the dark, illuminated with UV light.)  

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Add any final touch-ups and small details using gel paint and a fine nail art brush, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.

Add any final touch-ups and small details using gel paint and a fine nail art brush, curing in a UV lamp as you work, to prevent smudging the image.  

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Seal the entire design with top coat. For this specific design, I used a combination of gloss and matte top coats, to enhance specific elements of the design. Cure in a UV lamp, and wipe the dispersion layer if necessary.

Seal the entire design with top coat. For this specific design, I used a combination of gloss and matte top coats, to enhance specific elements of the design. Cure in a UV lamp, and wipe the dispersion layer if necessary.  

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Using a Crystal Katana tool, place Swarovski Crystals onto the design, using either top coat, rhinestone gel, or nail glue to adhere the stones. Cure in a UV light and wipe the dispersion layer if necessary.

Using a Crystal Katana tool, place Swarovski Crystals onto the design, using either top coat, rhinestone gel, or nail glue to adhere the stones. Cure in a UV light and wipe the dispersion layer if necessary.  

 
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hand-painted     Mixed Media     Murals     skulls     halloween     roses     swarovski     skeleton     sugar skull     ntna

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MisAshton - Commented 15 days ago
Love it!!! Great job!
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NailKandy - Commented 15 days ago
Thank you!
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Dana_NailJunkiePRO - Commented 15 days ago
I love the deep colors and the skeleton chest look! So pretty!
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NailKandy - Commented 15 days ago
Thank you!
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artisannail - Commented 15 days ago
Beautiful work..!
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NailKandy - Commented 15 days ago
Thank you!
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Kelseysklaws - Commented 14 days ago
These are so beautiful!

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