Batman, Disney, Pixar, Sesame Street, Jaws and Star Wars: Are movie-inspired manicures the craziest nail art yet?

Batman, Snow White, Kermit The Frog, Jaws and Star Wars: Are these movie-inspired manicures the craziest nail art yet



13:21 GMT, 8 August 2012

Austin Powers and Indiana Jones are usually seen either on the big or little screens.

But a 24-year-old student from Birmingham has given these characters and many more a new canvas: fingernails.

Creative movie buff Kayleigh O'Connor has really nailed the art of the manicure by painting her nails with elaborate designs inspired by films and other forms of pop culture.

Disney diva: Kayleigh O'Connor's nails painted to resemble Snow White, the prince, her wicked stepmother, the mirror and the poisoned apple

Funny frog: Kermit The Frog takes pride of place on Kayleigh O'Connor's thumbnail

Snow White without her seven dwarves…..and Kermit The Frog

The media studies student amazes friends and strangers when she goes out wearing her wacky designs, which include Batman, Dr Who, Oscar The Grouch, Tetris and Star Wars.

Other iconic designs that have inspired Kayleigh include spoof spy movie Austin Powers, hit American drama Breaking Bad, Fab lollies, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Pixar movie Up.

Kayleigh, who started wearing glue-on nails when she was 16 'to cover up my badly bitten real ones' spends up to two hours perfecting her elaborate and unique designs with very fine brushes and a rainbow of coloured varnishes.

'Initially I just painted them plain colours, but that got boring pretty fast. I started adding lines and patterns, then cartoon characters and logos.

later realised that I could change the shapes of the nails to make them
more individual rather than sticking to just square, rounded or pointed
ones. This is what I enjoy doing now.

am a fan of so many television shows, films and musicians that there is
a never ending list of things I want to represent on my nails.'

Batman nails forever: The media studies student, 24, decorates her fingernails with popular film, television and cartoon characters

Up, up and away! The Birmingham student used the Pixar film Up as inspiration for one set of nails

Four little Batmans and the superhero's bat sign….and Pixar's animated movie Up

Kayleigh – who wanted only her nails photographed, not her face – said she thinks of her quirky creations as mini, temporary tattoos: 'Which is good considering my
impulsive nature – I would probably be covered in tattoos by now if my
nails weren't the outlets for my fandoms.'

Speaking about the practicality of her often jagged and pointy designs, Kayleigh
added that there is a price to pay for the pursuit of inventive beauty: 'I always wear my designs out but it's not always practical.
Some of them break very easily or snag holes in my tights. But it's just for a laugh, so I don't mind.

'People are always asking me about my nails and where I got them done, it's very flattering.'

Kayleigh now has a collection of 100 different varnishes, which she applies to fake nails before sticking them, fully decorated, on her fingers.

Some have to be made in stages to give base colours time to dry before adding details – and she helps the time fly by watching the corresponding film or television show while they do.

Though her nail art is currently only a hobby, Kayleigh has dreams of opening
a nail salon or online shop so others can share her fun.

Nintendo nuttiness: Tetris fingernails, as imagined by creative Kayleigh O'Connor

Queen of the manicures: Rock icon Freddie Mercury comes back to life on Kayleigh's imaginative nails

Retro Nintendo Game Boy game Tetris….and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury

Indiana Jones: Kayleigh is a huge fan of pop culture so says she will never run out of inspiration

Sweet touch: Fab ice lollies proved inspirational in the case of these quirky nails

Indiana Jones and his well-worn lassoo….and five Fab lollies

Silly Sesame Street: Oscar The Grouch looks pretty pleased about being featured in this green and fuzzy manicure

Snappy: Films and movies such as Edward Scissorhands helped Kayleigh dream up her kooky creations

Sesame Street's resident garbage monster Oscar The Grouch…and Edward Scissorhands – with both sets of scissored hands

Dalek-table digits: The evil Dr Who robots prepare to exterminate the other manicures

Who lives in a phone box like this Dr Who's Tardis, as imagined by Kayleigh O'Connor

A Dalek from TV favourite Dr Who…..and the doctor's very own time travel vehicle, the Tardis

Shark attack: The film Jaws led to this wacky design

Powerful stuff: Austin Powers baddie Dr Evil hatches a cunning plan on these manicured nails

The shark from Jaws goes after a tiny swimmer….and Dr Evil hatches a cunning plan to foil Austin Powers

Starry stuff: R2D2 frolics among the stardust on these Star Wars-themed fingernails

Mad manicures: TV show Breaking Bad is the inspiration for this elaborate nail art design

Bald and bold: Ricky Gervais' comedy sidekick looks as confused as ever in nail form

R2D2 heads off to find his Star Wars friends…..American TV series Breaking Bad….and Ricky Gervais' comedy sidekick Karl Pilkington