I’ll be honest here. I know that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday in Mexico celebrating something that happened on the 5th of May, but I don’t know what. So being the culturally sensitive type that I am, I thought “I know, I’ll do sugar skull nails – ties in my regular Mani Monday post and is Mexican.” Yep, sorry Mexico! I deserve how badly these turned out:
I used: Barry M Silk ‘Pearl’ (white and as base under the pink); Barry M ‘Superdrug 50th Birthday Special Edition); Barry M nail art pens in pink and black; fimo flowers; real dried flowers; Boots Shine Solution topcoat.
The main things I would change are the green flower to be a bit smaller and to put a pink gem stone above the eyes on the skull. I see so many intricate designs like these and it makes me wonder – how big are these people’s nails!? Jealous much?
Anyway, if you’re more educated than mean you’ll know that sugar skulls are used to honour and celebrate departed family members during Dia de los Meurtos (Day of the Dead) on the 1st and 2nd November. Cinco de Mayo meanwhile celebrates of day of victory for Mexico over the occupying French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s observed regionally in the city of Puebla and some other areas of Mexico as well as widely in the US.
The more you know…