Sugar Skull Manicure

Ever since I went to see The Book of Life a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been so into sugar skulls. First I carved attempted to carve my pumpkin in the intricate style and then when I was planning up this manicure DIY I thought why not give it a shot for my nails, too? This manicure is not for the faint of heart and requires an extremely steady hand, especially if you don’t have the right tools (like me). I’m not hugely about intricate detailing which would be why I only did one nail – but hey it still works. With a little patience you will have an adorable sugar skull manicure that is totally seasonally appropriate. By the by, I think my pumpkin turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself (you can catch it on Instagram).

Sugar Skull Manicure

First start with a base coat, let dry. Apply two coats of your black nail polish to all but your ring finger. I used Night Cap by Jenna Hip, which is a part of collection two of her Beauty’s Most Wanted collection. If you are looking for a great nail polish brand that is eco-friendly, definitely check it out.

Sugar Skull Manicure

Apply two coats of white nail polish to your ring fingernail. Wait for it to dry completely before adding on your design. I love using the Jenna Hip collection for nail art specifically since it’s fast drying and I don’t have to wait long before moving on to the next step.

Sugar Skull Manicure

Take a toothpick or your nail tool and dip it in your black polish. Draw a line at the tip of your nail for the mouth. I just followed the natural curve of my nail, that way I maximized the space I had to work with.

Sugar Skull Manicure

Wait a minute or two for that to dry. Then make 4-6 lines vertically for the teeth. Make sure to evenly space them out.

Sugar Skull Manicure

Make two small dots for the eyes. I think I put mine a little too close together – you want to space them out so you have room for the flower petals to go around the eyes. Don’t worry if it’s not 100% perfect – I think it gives a bit of a spooky edge when it’s a little different.

Sugar Skull Manicure

Finally, take a new toothpick (you’ll need one for each different colour you use) and make small dots around the eyes to make the petals. I used a variety of colours but you definitely can do all one colour. Allow to dry fully and apply a top coat and boo-m! You’re done!

Sugar Skull Manicure

I hope you have an excellent Halloween weekend! Stay safe! If you end up giving this a shot, take a photo and hashtag #stylustbeauty. We’d love to check it out!