Glow in the Dark: Juicy Brains

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I’m very excited for todays addition to Blogtober, because it involves me trying out a new style of nail art! I have been seeing some wonderfully spooky glow in the dark nail designs popping up all over Instagram, and I knew that the time had come for me to finally try it out for myself.

One of my favourite people who has awesome nail art skills is Chrissie of Plus10Kapow, and she has previously done some fab glow in the dark designs. I reached out to her to ask what kind of lighting/camera I may need to capture the glow, and of course she was super helpful and pointed me in the right direction, but she also very generously sent me some special glow in the dark polishes to play with!

Today’s post is an experiment, you will see that the final look is far from perfect, but to be completely honest, I didn’t really mind as A) they’re juicy, bloody, brain nails and the messier the better, and B) I was too mesmerised by the glow to care about anything else haha!

Let’s take a look in daylight with the help of a Lightbox…

Perfectly imperfect, wouldn’t you agree? Bloody, Juicy Brain nails!

And now for the best bit…

They glow! Whoop whoop! The picture quality could do with much improvement, but this is something for me to work on now that I have my polishes and UV torch. I’m going to have so much fun messing around creating new designs with a glow, so here’s another special mention to Chrissie, as I really can’t thank her enough! Make sure you check out her Instagram and Blog.

To achieve this look

  • Apply a base coat

  • Use 2-3 coats of your chosen ‘glow in the dark’ polish - I used Highlight by Serum No5 as in normal lighting it’s quite a fleshy toned pink, but then under the UV black light looks radioactive!

  • Once your base colour is dry, its time to stamp on the brain design. For this I used the Lina Spooklicious 01 plate along with Siren by Barry M, a rich blood coloured red

  • If like me, you’re not satisfied with the richness in colour through stamping, go back in with the same red on a very thin brush or tool to deepen the design up again. This is what made the end result look a touch messy - but I genuinely really love the effect!

  • Now it’s time to seal it all in with a top coat, I used Leighton Denny’s One for All as it has a high shine finish and completes the look wonderfully.

And that’s all there is to it. What do you think? Do you think I did fairly well using this kind of polish for the first time?

Thank you for reading,

Love, Leanne Xx