You know, not all vampires are simply reborn with straight teeth. Just like everyone else, sometimes vampires need braces to get that sinisterly straight look — and heaven (hell?) knows a properly aligned bite is a lifestyle requirement. At least that's what seems to be the case according to Savannah Walker's latest manicure. The Brooklyn-based nail artist is full of creative Halloween nail ideas, but this one may very well be the cutest and most clever.
Walker herself is currently undergoing the actual teeth-straightening process, sporting braces with colorful rubber bands. So during a recent trip to her orthodontist's office, Brooklyn's Fresh Orthodontics, she asked if she could have a few brackets — those metal pieces that are glued to each tooth for the wires to run through — for use in her nail art. They happily complied, and her vampire-with-braces manicure went from idea to reality on her very own hands.
After laying down the white base, "I applied the brackets using a light-cured gel, cut up some tiny wire pieces that I had laying around, and fit them in the notches on the brackets. I used a pair of tiny tweezers to pull the ligature ties over the brackets and sealed everything in with hard gel," Walker tells Allure. "The brackets are heart-shaped. I was kind of mad that they didn't give me that option for my braces!"
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Her own braces served as one of the biggest sources of inspiration behind this manicure, which features longer, pointier pinky and pointer-finger nails to represent fangs. "Having braces as an adult and watching my smile transform has been an interesting experience," Walker says. "It was difficult at first, but I've learned to embrace them and kind of view them as a fun accessory — which is what I guess led me to want them on my nails. I'm proud of my braces and love any chance to show them off, which is rare these days with our new normal of adorning masks over our mouths in public."
Walker also notes that friendly competition among nail artists is a major motivator behind manicures like this one. "There's a certain level of competitiveness that inspired me," she explains. "The online nail community is vast, and we're always trying to impress each other with some new weird concept that hasn’t been done yet." We think this design definitely counts.