September 7, 2016

31-Day Nail Challenge #31DC2016 - Geek Girl Theme - Black & White

I got hooked on Japanese anime in college, but many people in the U.S. had never seen it until Spirited Away won an Oscar in 2002 for Best Animated Feature. If you've ever been curious about anime, this film is a wonderful introduction. The animation is beautiful, the story's engaging, and it has many memorable characters including the subject of today's Black & White challenge: No Face.

No Face is a spirit that seems formless, except for a face that looks like a Noh theater mask. It's a lonely creature who's constantly hungry and eats everything including other spirits, people, and their emotions. It can be very large and frightening when it consumes negative emotions, but eventually it befriends the hero of Spirited Away and becomes a sweet, docile being who loves to knit.

To create the No Face design, I started with a base color of OPI Alpine White, then outlined the edges of the nail with Wet n' Wild Ebony Hates Chris. For the details of the face, I used black and gray sharpies. On my other fingers I created a negative space design with the same black polish with Kiss nail vinyls and a white striper.

Have you seen Spirited Away or are you a fan of Japanese anime? Let me know below in the comments. To see more nail challenge designs, look for the #31DC2016 tag, or browse through the In-Linkz posts below.


  1. I've seen the movie Spirited Away, but it was a long time ago. I do vaguely remember the character, and that the movie was quirky and charming. I love your take on the character- he look awesome!

    1. Thanks so much. For some reason, this character has always stuck with me, but this is the first time I've ever attempted to put him into a nail design.