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Monster Manis!

Want to get in the Halloween spirit but still look stylish? Try a spookily sophisticated mani. Manicurist Stephanie Staunton tells you how

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BAT TIP

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    1 Prep nails with a neutral base coat, such as Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, £3.99/399 points (10ml), to provide a blank nail bed.

     

    2 Next, create the bat’s wings by sweeping Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Shades of Black Collection in Rita’s Black, £2.99/299 points (8ml), along the curve of the nail tip.

     

    3 With a fine eyeliner brush, such as NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush 11, £9/900 points, paint a small circle below the middle of the curve for the head; add ears with the brush edge.

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BARBED BED

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    1 Start by applying a neutral base coat, such as Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, £3.99/399 points (10ml).

     

    Dip the NYX eyeliner brush into No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Pillarbox, £7.50/750 points (10ml), and paint on a red tip, curving the edges down towards the cuticle.

     

    3 Clean the eyeliner brush,  then dip it in black nail polish Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Shades of Black in Rita’s Black£2.99/299 points (8ml), and paint a semi-circle at the base of the nail. Finally, paint crosses over the line to create the barbed-wire effect.

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GOTHIC CLAW

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    1 Paint nails with a neutral base coat, such as Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, £3.99/399 points (10ml), .

     

    2 Using the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush 11, £9/900 points, paint three dots on the nail with Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Shades of Black Collection in Rita’s Black, £2.99/299 points (8ml): one in the centre, near the nail tip, then one on each side at the bottom, near the cuticle. Join the dots to form a triangle. (For a more claw-like look, you can add a slight inward curve.)

     

    3 Fill in the triangle with the black polish.

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FRIGHT LIGHT

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    1 Apply two coats of No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Pillarbox, £7.50/750 points (10ml).

     

    2 Using the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush 11, £9/900 points, draw on a gold lightening bolt in Essie Fall Leggy Legend Nail Lacquer, £7.99/799 points (13ml). 

     

    3 To create the lightning bolt, start with an outline. Paint from the top of the nail and sweep down, then diagonally across, finishing in a point at the bottom.

     

    4 Once the outline is complete, fill in the centre of the lightning bolt with the gold polish.

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Words Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Photography Pixeleyes 
Video manicurist Stephanie Staunton Model Samantha at Hired Hands

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