Terrifying Talons

For the last couple of weeks I feel like twitter, facebook and pintrest have been utterly inundated with friends proudly displaying their Halloween manicures. Is it just me or has this trend absolutely sky-rocketed this year?! What is becoming of this nation. Anyone would think we had too much time on our hands. Not since my childhood escapades to a museum in Robin Hood’s Bay featuring only installations of tiny boats constructed magically inside unbroken glass bottles, have I seen such ridiculously intricate work on something as tiny as a finger nail. Everyone from Katy Perry to Lily Allen (her’s are pictured above) seems to be sporting a set of terrifying talons. Here are some of my favourites found hovering around cyber space …

        

        

What I want to know is how on earth this feat is achieved? A tiny manicure fairy with tiny fairy nail-polish the size of a pin head? It’s a mystery. Of course you can buy a great set of falsies, but what is really scary is that the majority of these have been done by hand. So baffled was I that I actually did a little research. It involves tools that I’d never known about until today – seemingly using smaller brushes (maybe an old lip brush) or a nail pen (didn’t know these existed) and the odd cocktail stick. The skill involved is frightening. For a great tutorial, check out this you-tube video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq4mbwMtamU and let me know how you get on! She seems to make it look so easy! If you’ve got any tips or cheats then let us in on them. I’m feeling inspired but I’m not looking forward to my attempt when using my left hand. Tricky.