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Halloween Guide and Ideas
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The newest nail craze is Shatter or Crackle polish, first brought out in the spring of 2011 with OPI's Katy Perry nail color collection and Black Shatter™. Now, almost every nail polish company is making some type of crackle top coat and you'll find it in many different colors.

It's great for everyday wear, to give your manicure an edgy look. It also will be great for Halloween since Black is the most prevalent color of Crackle or Shatter polish to be found. Just use it over orange nails and you've got an instant, easy Halloween look that people will be complimenting you on!

Start off with a fresh manicure, artificial nails if desired, and two coats of clear nail polish. Make sure it's nice and dry! You'll also need these things:

  • OPI Black Shatter™ or any brand Crackle polish
  • Purple, Orange or bright Red Crackle polish (shade of your choice)
  • Orange, red, purple, green or black nail polish (shade of your choice)

And here's what you do:

After applying long nails, having it done for you or just using your own nails, apply two coats or clear base polish. Allow to dry and top with the color of your choice. Orange is a good base coat for Halloween but you can also go with blood red, lime green or bright purple.  You can even use black polish as a base as long as you have a contrasting Crackle polish like orange. You need only apply two coats of color polish. ................................................
You have to wait until the base color is completely dry to use most brands of Crackle polish. Using one brushful of crackle coat, paint a line down the center of your nail, then do the sides. DO NOT re-dip the brush, load it with enough for one nail at a time. It sets up VERY fast and you'll ruin it if you try to dip and re-paint.  
Watch it as it "shatters". pulling the color into pieces and leaving open spaces for the base polish to show through! It's actually pretty fun to watch. When it's dry, apply a glossy top coat to seal it in.  

This is a great look for everyday wear, too. I like to use hot pink with black Shatter or lime green with pink crackle. You can also get a very classy look using red polish and gold crackle.

TIPS: When applying the crackle coat, make sure that your brush is loaded with a good amount of color. You can't go back for more once you start painting it on a nail. Make three brush strokes, center, then  each side. A thin layer gives a very thin cracked line, a heavier layer gives a more chunky crackle. Do this on every nail and you'll have a great look. Experiment with the amount you use. A heavier coat of crackle gives a more defined look to the shattered pieces. A thin coat will shatter nicely but break into much smaller pieces.

article by Dawn de la Morte'


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