Play Dress-Up With Spooky & Stylish Nail Art
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By Sara Tan
You may still be trying to decide on a Halloween costume, but it's never too early to start dressing up your nails. We asked top nail art bloggers and artists to share their spectacularly spooky designs, perfect for displaying Halloween spirit all month long. Keep reading to see how you can re-create these manis.
Skull & Bones2 of 13
It's easy snagging manicurist and nail artist Chelsea Queen's subtly spooky nails. Using a matte black polish, paint a base coat across all your fingers. Then, using a nail brush or a toothpick, carefully paint a skeleton head on your index fingers with bright white polish—or cheat using nail stickers! Finish the look with tiny white bones on your pinky fingers.
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Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas had us dreaming of a trip to Halloween Town. Queen captures the movie's ghoulish setting with her mani. Paint your nails with black polish (she used Essie Licorice). On your index finger, paint Jack Skellington's smiley mug with white polish, like Essie Blanc. Use a green-colored lacquer (she used Orly's Fresh) to create Oogie Boogie's silhouette. A mustard yellow, such as Julep's Alma, is perfect to paint the iconic moon on your ring finger. Lastly, using nail art striper polishes, paint black and white vertical stripes on your thumb.
Trick or Treat4 of 13
Achieve Queen's trick-or-treat-inspired look by first painting your pinky and middle fingers with orange polish (she used OPI's Hi, Pumpkin!). Paint the remainder of your nails bright purple, using a polish like Sally Hansen's Good to Grape. With a black nail art striper, design the pumpkin's face on your middle finger. This might be tricky, so follow her photo closely. Write "Trick or Treat" with the striper on your pinky fingers. Queen suggests getting playful and creative with your designs by adding spiders, candy corn and trees on the remainder of your nails.
All That Glitters5 of 13
Let Them Have Polish blogger Cristina Foster suggests keeping your nails bright and light this Halloween with a less spooky and more fun marbled mani. She started with Cult Nails Tempest as a base. She then used all Bettina shades (in Hopeful, Epic and Art Deco Yellow) to get this water-marbling pattern. After letting it dry completely, Cristina applied a black glitter top coat by Dollish Polish. She finished the look with a sweet Sugar Skull nail decal on her middle finger.
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To get this quirky Halloween look, professional gel technician Kelly Saddleton used gel-based polishes in black, orange, white and brown. Saddleton painted her thumb, middle and index finger with black, and she used white polish to design eyes and a spiderweb. For her index finger, she applied an orange coat and created a cute black pumpkin face. On her pinky, she designed a Frankenstein face with brown and black polish.
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Nail artist Kenny Vo of @nailsbykenny shares colorful designs with his 249,000 Instagram followers daily. But for Halloween, he thinks sticking to basic black with a hint of silver is the best way to celebrate the wicked holiday. Vo uses Kleancolor Matte Black polish on his nails and completes the look by gluing on silver skeleton charms.
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Lexly Mitchell of @lexstasynails uses a deep purple acrylic paint as the base for this design, followed by a black coat, to create the green-eyed cats and bats. She also carefully lines her cuticles and tips with the black paint to frame her nails. Mitchell finishes all her looks with a top coat to seal in the design.
Clowning Around9 of 13
With a lot of patience—and a lot of top coat—you can mimic Mitchell's creepy circus design. She always starts with a fast-drying top coat. She then uses acrylic paints, such as Folk Art and Oumaxi, to design the art. Using a black acrylic paint, she applies a base coat on her nails. She then takes a small brush and applies multicolored dots to create a kooky circus look. On her middle finger, she paints an evil-looking clown—make sure to imitate her clown's long fangs!
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Looking for a less spooky mani? Opt for these precious pumpkins. Los Angeles nail artist Maria Valdez first painted a base with OPI's Nail Envy and then topped it with a coat of black polish. Next, she designed the ghoulish pumpkins with orange lacquer. Using a stripping tool, she added the green leaves and fun expressions.
Somebody's Watching11 of 13
This eyeball design isn't just Halloween-friendly, it's a subtle way of tapping into fall's evil eye trend. To achieve Lillian Celina's cute yet creepy eyeballs, begin with a black base coat. With white polish (China Glaze's White on White) and a dotting tool, carefully paint big white dots. Using the same dotting tool, apply black dots inside. Voila, spooky eyes!
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For this textured snakeskin nail design, Celina painted her base with a denim-effect polish. Using Essie's Nothing Else Metals metallic lacquer and a snakeskin image plate, she stamped the print onto her nails using a stamper from Konad Nail Art. If you can't get a stamp or snakeskin plate in time for Halloween, Celina suggests snakeskin nail stickers, like these from Sephora by OPI.
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Nail artist Tomoka Kanazawa of @tomokakanazawa was inspired by her favorite Halloween treat for this sweet look. Using UV gel, she mimicked the color proportions of candy corn: a narrow white tip, larger orange center and small yellow base on each nail. Kanazawa completed the look with black stars on each thumbnail.
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