Glowing Halloween Nails

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It’s Halloween week and have I got some fun nails for you all today! I’ve had an idea about doing glow-in-the-dark nails for a while and I knew I had to do Jack and Oogie Boogie while watching the Nightmare Before Christmas last week. So I headed over to my local Sally Beauty supply store and purchased two types of glow-in-the-dark polish. The larger bottle is called Ghoulish Delight and it’s made by China Glaze. *And now seems as good a time as any to point out that this is not a paid or sponsored post. 

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The other is the Sally Beauty brand called Sally Girl, (I wasn’t able to find it online) and was only 99 cents. Both brands seemed to glow pretty well, though the pricier ghoulish glow definitely glows longer. And before I get too much farther into this post, I’d like to add that I am in no way a manicurist and I’m not claiming to be here. This is just me having fun with nail polishes. 🙂

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To begin, I started with a test, to see how well the polishes actually work.


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As you can see, the white base coat with four coats of ghoulish is definitely the best glow. I’d like to mention that while I did add the text to the photo, I did NOT enhance or filter, or otherwise alter the glow photos so that you can see how bright they actually get. I shot these with my iPhone 6+.


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If you’re planning to attempt glow-in-the-dark nails, (especially if you’ll be promising your kids some fun nails) you should use more than one coat of either brand because the single coats weren’t that great. My kids LOVED this and had a blast dancing in our bathroom with the lights out. So much fun! And I didn’t do a design on theirs, so it was a couple coats and switch the lights off for a ghoulish good time.

For my own nails, I wanted a cool silhouette glow, so I painted  my bottom layers of white and ghoulish glow polish, then painted the face of Jack Skellington and the silhouette of Oogie Boogie using a black polish with a long, thin brush on top. You could do all sorts of cool shapes in black (and top of) the glow in the dark polish! Make sure to do your white and glow polishes FIRST because if you paint black and then try to paint the white and glow on top, it’s just going to end up a grey mess (because the layers didn’t fully dry between coats) or the white and glow will never be perfectly aligned in their edges of whatever shape you painted. 🙂

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And ladies, please note the awful edge on my index finger. I should’ve cleaned it up better before the pic, but meh. I was having too much fun in the dark to care. And you shouldn’t care either! Don’t let “I’m not an artist” or any other silly excuses get in your way. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just have fun with it!


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There are so many different Disney-themed nails you could do with this! Maleficent and the Cheshire Cat’s smile would be super cool in the dark! The possibilities are endless! And just in case you missed it, we also live broadcast our little nail time fun over on our periscope account. Here it is if so. 🙂


And that’s it! Thanks for reading along and stay tuned for more fun this week! ~Meredith ºoº