#npclairestelle8 Day 22: Creepy Carnival Mani

I struggled a bit with this manicure. I wasn’t really feeling the theme and was at a bit of a loss as to what to do. Enter Google, my savior! I found a picture of a sideshow poster that used orange and purple as a backdrop, which sounded perfect to me. Then I happened to see a pumpkin carved with a scary clown face and suddenly this mani came together.

Creepy Clown Manicure
Creepy Clown Manicure

First off, I just have to say: I am one of those people who dislikes clowns. They creep me out. Looking down and seeing this creepy clown on my nail is freaking me out – at the same exact time as I am thrilled with how these turned out!

There is a lot going on here. I started with simple, single color base coats. Once those were dried I started adding different effects. On my pointer finger, I applied striping tape in an angled pattern and quickly painted over it with China Glaze – X-ta-sea. This polish is practically a one coater, so this didn’t take long to do. Then I worked on my ring finger. I used a large dotting tool and laid out the orange dots. My pinky had an orange base color and I did some distressed brush strokes with red and purple then stamped it with black in the harlequin pattern.

The last thing I worked on was the clown face. I started with a white base color, then did a free handed stroke at the tip in black (mush like one would do for french tips). I then used a striping brush to follow that line in red. I used a large dotting tool for the nose and eyes then went back with my striper to add the finer details such as the gnarly tips, eye makeup and nose highlight.

Everything was topcoated with a layer of Seche Vite and I called it good to go.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • China Glaze – X-ta-sea
  • Zoya – Sooki
  • Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
  • Sinful Colors – Black on Black
  • Sally Hansen – Sun Kissed
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I love how everything came together for this mani! All my lines are good and smooth. My dots are all close in size, I had my striping tape on straight – really happy overall. But that freaky clown… gah!