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Decades Photo Shoot – Halloween Ideas

Did I ever tell y’all how much fun I had at nail school? Well, near the end of my time at nail school, we had a group project. The students worked in groups to completely transform models into a particular decade’s look, including hair, makeup, and nails! I happened to be one of the few nail students around, so I got to work with several of the groups to design and execute appropriate nail looks for the overall makeover. And then we got to have a photo shoot! I’ve been so busy these past few months that I haven’t had a chance to share the results of the photo shoot with you, but with Halloween coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to share these looks with you! Here are some fun costume ideas with stuff you probably have at home. Don’t you love how the nails, hair, and makeup really make the look pop?Special thanks to Kristin Amanda Penny for the gorgeous photography, to the Academy of Cosmetology Arts for arranging everything, and to all of the students and models who participated in the shoot!

The photo shoot itself was really fun, though it was exhausting to do so many sets of nails. All in all, it was really fun to see the models transform into their complete looks and to be a part of making that transformation happen!

Get ready for a mini history of nail styles.

1940s Pin Up

This model was styled to look like a pin up girl from the 1940s. Her hair is done in victory rolls, and her makeup is classic with a bright red lip. For her nails, I decided it would be fun to match her polkadot nails. Polka dots are super easy, but very effective to add to this look! Half moon nails are also completely appropriate for this time period.

Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails
Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails
1960s Swinging London

This look was inspired by the mod 60s. The model’s hair and makeup mimic the doe-eyed models of the 60s, complete with eyeliner and heavy lower mascara. She’s got a cute hair flip and a pretty nude lip. For this look, we decided to do a very simple half moon mani in red. Half moon manis were the first modern nail style, though they were more popular in the 30s and 40s. We decided that this model needed a pop of color, though nudes were also popular in this time period!
Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails

1970s Flower Power

This model looks like she walked straight out of the 1970s! Her outfit is bright and colorful – and I think I remember the model saying that her mom wore this fabulous bakelite jewelry. In the 70s, pastels and nude nail polish shades were very popular, and I think this white polish makes her colorful outfit really pop. Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Decades photo shoot - hair, makeup, nails | The Dalai Lama's Nails
These looks would make perfect Halloween costumes, don’t you think? The best part is that they are all pretty easy to recreate – though you may have to be creative with the clothing! Otherwise, the hair, makeup, and nails really add the details that complete the looks.

What do you think? Which is your favorite?

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  • BeautyJudy

    I love how each decade of our time is defined in beauty. This is cool, Hannah!!!

  • Lola Seicento

    This is such a great post! So much fun, Hannah!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    You did great with their nails!! I love everyone’s look and mani.

  • Bailey_AlltheWords

    Love the photos and how each decade is so clearly captured. I think the 40’s set is my favourite.

  • OMG I love this!

  • That looks like so much fun! They all look so good!

  • These photos are so fun! Love the look of each one.

  • Such a wonderful job capturing these decades! The Pin Up is my favorite!

  • This is an awesome post! The nails all look great!

  • So fun! 🙂 Love the 1940’s look. 🙂

  • Such a cute post!! It was so fun scrolling through and reading it! <3

  • This is such a fun idea, thanks for sharing the photos with us! Whenever I watch movies or shows set in the past, I’m always looking to see what the women are wearing on their nails!

  • Novita Erasma

    My favorite is the pin up look from the 40’s! The nails matching the top, super adorable!

  • Soooo super cute and adorable!