Jessica Designs ~ The Vamp

Halloween is, by far, my favorite holiday!

I love being able to “play dress up” like a kid.  But, unlike a kid, I can eat all the candy I want!  Bwahahaha!

With Halloween right around the corner, I created a design that you could wear to a party and also wear to work the next day.

The color combination I chose was red and black.  It would go well with a Vampire costume or with your everyday fall outfit.

Hope you enjoy.  Happy Halloween!

Step 1 ~ Prep Your Nails

To ensure a lasting design, manicure nails before painting.

Trim, buff, even out and treat your nails.  Check out specific how-to’s in this previous Nail Tutorial.

Step 2 ~ Paint Your Nails

After basic prep, paint your nails with alternating colors.  I used Sinful Colors’ Black on Black and Rimmel’s 60 Seconds in 320 Rapid Red

Once the black nails are semi-dry, add an additional pop of color.

Apply a sheer coat of Milani’s Garnet Red Lacquer.  (I can’t express to you’ll how much I love this garnet red!  It really adds another dimension when applied on top of black or red.)

Step 3 ~ Begin the Design

For the red nails:  Use a black polish and nail striper to create black lines.

Start from the top of the nail and and paint lines going half-way down the nail.

Since I LOVE Milani’s Garnet Red so much, I used a striping brush to add Garnet Red on top of the black lines.

Step 4 ~ Complete the Design

For the black nails:  Use a red polish and a striping brush to add a red “French tip.”

An easy way to achieve the perfect French tip is to keep the brush stationary while rotating the nail under it.

And practice!

Step 5 ~ Seal the Deal

Apply a clear top coat to your nail and you’re done!

I always recommend Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

It will keep color and nails shiny and bright.


If you have a special request for a nail look, I’d love to hear from you.  Use the link below to send me a message.

Jessica Guyton, Makeup Artist and Enthusiast

Jessica Guyton loves her country ~ and makeup, too!

After 8 years of honorable service, she left the US Air Force (January, 2012) to realize her dream of becoming a Cosmetologist and Makeup Artist.

Jessica has been working with makeup for a little over four years and plans to attend school for her Cosmetology and Business licenses. Her goal is to open her own full-service salon.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys practicing nail art and makeup with friends and family.

If you would like to see more of Jessica’s nail and make up designs, visit her on Facebook HERE.

If you have a specific question, a special request ~ or if you would like Jessica to do your makeup or nails, e-mail her at jessica.guyton84@gmail.comJessica does not charge for her services; but donations are always appreciated.

Watch for more from Jessica Guyton on little blog!


  1. Gabrielle says

    Very cool, and this would work with so many different colors!

  2. Jennifer says

    I would love to try this with green and black!

  3. Pam says

    I’m having a striping brush fail! Can you recommend a particular brand of striping tool?

  4. Cat says

    Do you have any suggestions to keep polish from chipping? I can keep polish on my toes for a couple of weeks with nary a chip, but every time I paint my fingernails I have chips in less than a day. I use the Seche base coat and Seche Vite top coat, always start with clean, dry nails, and still. I painted them Monday night and when I got to work on Tuesday morning there were already huge chips at the tips of several nails. What am I doing wrong?

  5. Gabrielle says

    @Cat- washing dishes. You should stop immediately. 😉

    (Seriously, I am hoping for an answer to this age enduring question)

  6. Hi little peeps!! Thank you for all the great question; I hope I’ll be able answer them for you.

    @ Pam- I wish I could give you a brand name but I don’t currently own any. I use to have some but the hairs fell in to my design, which was very frustrating as you can imagine. At the present moment I use Milani Nail Art and Art Deco. They are nail polish’s with a stripping brush. You can find Milani Nail Art at CVS or Wal-Mart and the Art Deco at Sally’s Beauty Supply. In my post I said I used a stripping brush. What I used for this design was Art Deco-RED, wiped off the excess polish, then dipped the brush into Rimmel’s- Rapid Red. In the near future I do plan on buying stripping brushes again. When I find one that I like I will share it with you all. Good Luck!

    @ Cat- Girl, if I could tell you how to prevent “REAL” chip resistant nail polish, I would be marketing it, haha! It sounds to me like your doing everything right. Our feet are always covered so the chances of having them chip are a lot less. So what are my solutions…have you tried UV nail polish? I have had UV nail polish before and I loved it. The most tested brand is CND- Shellac. If you’ve ever had a set of Gel Nails the UV Nail Polish is similar. There is a base coat, color, and top coat and in order to get 2 weeks of lasting color and shine you use a UV light to cure and set the product. Sally’s Beauty Supply does carry a UV polish called Gelish and there is a massive amount of color options unlike CND. The Gelish Basix kit costs $49.95, the least expensive UV light I found cost $24.95, then you will need the color that costs $14.95. So under the moral of the story is… for under $100 you can have “chip resistant” nail polish. This would be an investment for sure. OR call around town and see if they use UV nail polish and have them do it for you. I’m hope I some what answered your question, haha!
    Good Luck 🙂

  7. Cat says

    @Gabrielle – Ha! The funny thing is that I actually enjoy washing dishes! I have a dishwasher but never use it.

  8. malokia Steele-Cooper says

    I’d love to see some Tim Burton-inspired designs, esp from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’!

  9. I love TIM BURTON he’s a misunderstood genius, Night Before Christmas is one of my all time favorite movies!!! Consider it done.

  10. Cat says

    Thanks, Jessica! I have heard of the UV kits and may need to invest in one. Maybe I’ll get a UV manicure first at a salon to see how I like it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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