Nothing says Halloween like a Jack-O-Lantern. 🙂
Yesterday’s theme was “Jack–O–Lanterns.” For this challenge, I wanted to interpret what the jack-o-lanterns look like in the dark. The yellow-orange glow that they emit gives a warm hue. Designs that can be carved into the pumpkin’s surface are almost endless. I wanted to have the design itself glow in the dark, which for that I used Serum No.5 Day Glow. I love finding almost any excuse to use this polish! 😀 Anywho, below are the colors that I used for this design.
I used Sally Hansen Black Out as the backdrop for this design. I was tempted to use China Glaze (CG) Fairy Dust to add some subtle sparkle to the design, but I didn’t want it to take away from the overall design, so I ended up scrapping that idea. Instead, I used CG Riveting to add that little bit of sparkle to it.
To incorporate Day Glow, I originally planned to paint a layer on top of Riveting, but I thought that would take away a lot of its sparkle and vibrancy. Instead, I decided to mix the two together. The end result is still bright, but is slightly subdued because of Day Glow.
Initially, I used the dotting pen to put the mixed polish onto the nails, but it didn’t show up all that well. Luckily, I figured it out shortly after I started, so I didn’t have to take off that much polish. I’m not sure if it’s because of Day Glow or not, but regardless, I decided to draw out the design with Sally Hansen White Out. I did some slight touch ups with So Easy Stripe Rite black after I took the pic, but since I barely used it and wasn’t important to the design, I didn’t think to include it.
Once done, I put the combo of Riveting and Day Glow on top. The design showed up much better this time around. Below are a few images of the completed manicure.
The design actually does glow in the dark… however, because it’s not as bright as actual Day Glow is on its own since it’s mixed with another color. As a result, it needs to be “charged” for a bit to get it to glow. I wished that it’d have a brighter glow, but it still looks awesome in the dark. The other issue I had was that because the glow isn’t as bright, it made taking pics of it in the dark with my camera near impossible. 😦
I normally don’t do any major photoshopping to my pics, as it pretty much is cropping, adding border, and watermark, but I made an exception for this one. This was the best pic that I could get of the nails glowing and even with the lighting adjustment, it’s still not that great… It’s a fail and I know it… Gah… it’s times like this I wished I had a more sensitive camera.
Despite my failed attempt at getting an awesome pic of this manicure at its glowing best, I had a lot of fun with this manicure! 😀 Besides my Saw inspired manicure, this one is by far my other favorite design thus far.
EDIT: I somehow managed to get a better pic of this mani in its all glory. This pic hasn’t been altered in any way, other than what I do for the rest of my images. I’m much happier with how this pic came out… unlike my failure pic… XD Despite that,I still wished my camera was more sensitive to dim to near pitch black settings.