Reptile Skins

Happy first day of October!

I am so excited for what is to come from this month. I have a total of 17 Halloween themed post planned! So much Halloween fun and I cannot wait to share my designs or recreations with all of you. On top of all the festivity, I hope to show something I’ve never done before so we can all learn from it.

Continue reading to see how I made this design!

For this design I used

Silver rhinestones

Born Pretty Mirror Powder 4, 5, & 6

An eyeshadow applicator

Floss Gloss “LEAN”

Gel top coat


and of course my current favorite quick dry top coat “Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer.

How to:

First, I started with two layers Floss Gloss “LEAN” followed by a layer of quick dry top coat. I allowed this to COMPLETELY dry (3+ hours) before the next step. This is because I will be using gel and a UV lamp. If the polish underneath is not dry, the gel will shrink and the polish will wrinkle.

Once the polish was dry, I applied a gel top coat and cured for 45 seconds. Quickly after, I took the eyeshadow applicator and the 3 different powders and applied them on my nails. I tried to blend the powders together when applying them on the nail. To apply, simply dip the applicator in the powder and very gently rub on the top of the still tacky gel top coat. Once the nail was completely covered, I applied another layer of gel top coat and cured for only 30 seconds.

After the gel is cured, I placed the rhinestones along the middle of the nail. I applied a final gel top coat, going over the top of the rhinestones and cured. The gel on the bottom held the rhinestones in place so when I cured the top layer they did not move. The top layer was to ensure the rhinestones last.

Tell me what you think!

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