Spooky season is in full swing!
To celebrate, we asked U.K.-based nail artist Kelly Scothorn (@asprettyas_nailsbykelly) to provide a step-by-step tutorial for how she created her dancing skeleton nail art.
- Apply two coats of gel color to the nail, then cure. Apply a matte top coat, or wipe away the inhibition layer for a matte surface. Using white gel paint, apply the main ribs of the skeleton in the center of the nail. Flash cure.
- Using the tip of your brush, add a slightly angled line at the base of the ribs and a small circle either side. Cure.
- Extend the left side of the hip to create a bent knee, and add a tiny line to begin the foot. Bring down a long, thin line at an angle for the other leg, and, again, add a small line to begin the foot. Flash cure.
- Draw a segmented line for each of the raised arms. Once you’re happy with the angles of your lines, cure.
- Using the very tip of your brush, add small lines for the skeleton's joints (e.g., elbows, knees, wrists).
- Add a dot of gel paint to the hands and feet before curing, then use a detailer brush to gently pull out points for the toes and fingers. Cure.
- For the skull, paint a large circle in the space between the arms. Carefully draw three teeth by dragging the gel paint downward. Round the teeth, and reshape as needed. Fully cure.
About the Artist:
Nail tech and artist Kelly Scothorn is based in Derbyshire, England. Check out more of Scothorn's work on Instagram.