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I'm about to go make some banana pudding (you should see the recipe here soon). But before I do that, I thought I'd share my latest fun nail art.

If you want to try this yourself, the tutorial I used is here.
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I saw a picture of someone who decorated their nails to look like candy corn awhile ago, and yesterday, I decided it was time to try it on myself. The good news is that it's one of the easier nail painting things there is to do--provided you have a steady hand. And provided you have the colors.

I used Ulta Cha Cha (from the Carnivale mini set) for yellow, OPI A Roll in the Hague for orange, and Sally Hansen French White.

The trick is to paint the bottom color, let dry, then do the top color. It's fine if they run into each other, because you're going to paint orange over the place where they meet. Make sure both are dry before moving on to the next step.

Finally, you just have to paint the orange in the middle, and be careful when you do. Instead of going up/down on your nail with the polish, paint left/right. If you have a steady hand, you won't even need to touch up; you can let dry, and cover with a clear top coat.

If you doubt the steadiness of your hand, the alternative is to actually paint the colors in reverse; paint the middle part orange, then once the orange is completely dry, tape it off and paint the bottom yellow, then the top white. This takes longer because you'll need at least a couple extra coats of clear top coat to ensure your nails aren't bumpy from the layers of polish. But either way, you too can have candy corn nails for Halloween! Also, this of course works with other colors if you just want to have wide horizontal striped nails. It's one of my favorite "quick" nail painting techniques.

Veronica is the purrfect Halloween accessory.
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This may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple. You just have to be patient. I recommend doing nail art while watching TV or a movie.

Step one--figure out which colors you want to use. I'm using OPI Birthday Babe (silver), China Glaze Frostbite (blue), China Glaze Cha Cha Cha (green), and if I recall correctly, OPI's Purple With a Purpose. It's a good idea to pick colors that will contrast well.

Step two--Base Coat.

Step three--Whichever you want to have two stripes of, paint 2 thin coats of it. Be sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Step four--Use either nail striping or manicure tape guides to create two diagonal lines across each nail. You may want to do one hand at a time.

Step five--Paint the colors you want in the spaces between the stripes you taped. If you go over the tape a little, it's okay--that's why you have the tape. Let dry completely.

Step six--Pull off the striping/tape to reveal the two lines of color beneath. If you were impatient, you may need to do a little touching up.

Step seven--Paint 2-3 top coats over the final product. One probably won't be enough, because the layers of nail polish will be kind of bumpy, but two might be enough. Make sure to dry well between each top coat.

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