Let’s face it: Halloween is going to look a little weird this year — you know, seeing as we’re still in the middle of a pandemic and all. Nonetheless, that’s no excuse to let your spooky nails or Halloween manicure game suffer. In fact, we’d think taking the time to paint some little ghosties or black cats on your nails would be a nice self-care break from the rest of the world. Luckily, so many nail artists on Instagram have shared looks that can be recreated at home. Some of them are serving us spider-webbed French tips and horror movie-themed designs, while others are doing oozing blood drips and homages to pop culture’s scariest serial killers.
Let’s have a look at these spooky Halloween nails art design ideas:
Short Halloween skull nails
This super-simple Halloween-themed manicure only requires a few colors — plus, you don’t need to be a pro at all to do it justice. “This look was inspired by candy corn, obviously,” says Cornett, who used a matte topcoat on the black nails to “create depth.” She also used a small piece of a makeup sponge to create the blended lines on the candy corn nails.
Acrylic coffin and stiletto nails shape for Halloween nails
So much yes to this spooky glow-in-the-dark look, which features all different pumpkin faces for an equal parts fun-and-creepy effect. “Glow pigment is easy and so fun to use,” says @rawrrgina. “Just paint something with gel and sprinkle on some glow-in-the-dark pigment while it’s sticky for a unique light-up look.” This pigment set by Ocean Nail Supply comes with three colors and only costs $5.
“These are the ultimate eerie Halloween nails,” says Flordia-based nail artist, Sophia Fraccalvieri. “I used Nailz by Dev’s Hella Cute Liner Brush to help me create the best crisp linework every time.” For the full effect, try filing your nails into this pointy triangular shape.