My love for spiders is hopefully not causing too many people distress, but be warned that this post chock full of eight-legged beauties. Although…if you’ve followed me for very long at all you’d know that I always find myself painting spider nail art every Halloween/October. 😏
Did I just use my stepdaughter’s toy spider (from Dollar Tree) as a prop? Yes. Yes, I did.
I really don’t own too many neutrals compared to all the other shades in my drawers–since I’m all about rainbows)–but I had a perfect match for Pantone’s Sandstone: Zoya’s “Meadow”. It’s a lovely polish with some gorgeous shimmer mixed in that makes it nearly golden. The effect really makes it match Ine’s beautiful collage even more.
- Base Polishes:
- Zoya’s “Cinnamon” and “Meadow“
- Stamping Polish:
- Maniology’s “Latte“
- Nail Decorations:
- Larger metal and pearl spider nail charms and golden spider metal sequins from Aliexpress
- Stamping Plates:
- hēhē 046 (thumb spider webs), Maniology BM-013 (pinkie & index finger spider webs), and SPH-008 (middle & ring finger spider webs)
Along with my happiness with the base polishes in this mani, I really liked using another not-white polish when stamping my spider webs. I could have used Maniology’s “Coconut” which I’ve been hitting pretty hard lately, but I had a slightly darker and more yellow one called “Latte” that meant the spider webs would disappear in the background color in certain lights. Just like real webs do!
Can we talk about the pearl spider nail charm? I did not expect it to have such a big backend when I bought it. Like…you saw the first image in this post, right? But I stuck it down with my usual nail glue from Sally’s Beauty and it stayed all night. It probably could have lasted longer, but I have long hair and it’s annoying to have a nail charm constantly catching on it, so this nail art didn’t stay on my nails for very long (even though I really liked it).
I mean…look at it from another angle. It sticks out so much!
Beware the metal sequins
I’ve said this before, but metal sequins will not conform to your nails. They have sharp edges that are kind of dangerous so I would not use them in a long-term design unless you’re planning on embedding them in gel or have a way to get them to bend into a curve. I keep meaning to see if my dapping blocks or pliers can reshape them a little, but I always forget when the time comes.
Learn from me: it doesn’t work to try adding in the curve by pressing them against your nail hard. It just creates divets in your base polish. 😅
Well, that’s all for today. I’ve already painted a second mani using the secondary colors Ine picked (Desert Rose and Milky Blue), but that I shall share that one another time. Stay safe, friends! 👋