Super Surreal Nail Art: Sky’s-the-Limit Digits

published Oct 9, 2016
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.

If there was ever a good time to suspend reality, All Hallow’s Eve is it. Give gravity the night off and pair your Dali-inspired Lobster Fascinator with sky-high nails dotted with cotton ball clouds, a design created just for us by NYC-based nail expert Mei Kawajiri. Sure, you may not be able to do much while wearing these mini sculptures, but they’ll undoubtedly win you the dreamiest costume award.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

What You’ll Need:

  • Sky blue nail polish
  • Cotton balls
  • Clear top coat

Optional: If you don’t want to work on your natural nails, you can also create these designs on fake acrylic nails, such as the Patricia Inspire Pre-Glued Nail Set, $7.50, from Ricky’s.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)


(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

1. Apply blue nail polish and let dry 5 minutes.

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

2. Using tweezers, separate a small section of cotton ball. Apply some top coat to the nail where you’d like the cloud to go, then press on the cotton. Show off your wearable works of art, but just don’t. touch. anything.

Pair With:

(Image credit: Christopher Broe)

These designs were dreamed up by nail expert Mei Kawajiri. Interested in Harry Potter, Stranger Things, or a Justin Bieber mani? Then don’t miss her awesome Instagram account.

And many thanks to Spoonflower for the blue sky backdrop, which is available as wallpaper, gift wrap & fabric from Koalalady’s shop.