Halloween nails can make all the difference to your costume, so if you’re looking to sport some ghoulishly good nails this fright night, have no fear because we’ve got you covered! Whether you want to go for bloody tips, creepy claws or play it safe with pumpkins, our selection of designs should inspire you to get spooky. Just follow our super simple steps to recreate these looks, you don’t have to be a nail art pro to pull of these frightening fingers, if we can do it so can you!
These nail nasties might look difficult but are actually really easy. Take a white nail polish for the base then squiggle on your red veins and draw circles for the eyes with the blue pen, filling them in. This kit of 5 Nail Art Pens John Lewis, £9.95 contains all the colours you need, don’t forget to add a dot of black in the middle of the eye – its that simple!
Straightforward and spooky, these are great if you don’t have much time but still want Halloween inspired nails. Paint your nails black leaving one to be painted white, which will be the skull. Once dry, use a small brush from a nail art tool kit to paint over straight white lines on the black nails and the face of the skull on the white nail. Go over all of your nails in Barry M’s Matte To Coat, £2.99, for a ghostly finish.
Start by painting each nail the appropriate spooky shade using polishes from your own collection (psst... Essie's Roarrrrange polish, £7.99 is perfect for the pumpkin). Finally, go over each nail and draw the faces and designs using a black varnish with a smaller brush.
This whirling effect looks really professional, but with just two polishes and a nail tool you can recreate it at home. Pick a bright orange and a very dark shade of purple, like Nails Inc. Gel Effect Nail Polish in Grosvenor Crescent, £14. Apply two coats of the orange nail polish, once dry paint one coat of the darker Polish from Nails Inc. Without allowing it to dry, take a rounded metal nail tool and swirl across the nail as if icing a cake. Paint over a top coat to keep it smooth and shiny.
We love these; they are super straightforward but look gorgeously gruesome! Use Burberry’s Nail Polish in Nude Beige, £15 over the whole nails, then use your go-to black for the blood.
Achieve the bloody effect in 3 steps:
Paint the tips of your nails black.
Leaving space in between, dot the polish where you want the drips to end.
Join the dots of paint to the tips.
For a not-so-scary Halloween mani go for more pastel colours like these. Use white polish for the ghosts and a nail art pen to add the details. To finish it off add some pretty star nail stickers, like these Nail Art Kit - Stickers from Elegant Touch, £2.50.
For creepy claws like these equip yourself with a Models Own Nail Art Tool Kit, £7.99, to achieve serious precision. Pick a dark green, black and purple polish and using the smallest brush in your kit, recreate the detailed designs. If you can, get your hands on some coloured nail jewels to do the dazzling little finger.
Recreate these cute but spooky skulls in two simple steps. First paint your nails with a dark black nail polish and then when dry draw on your skulls using Barry M’s Nail Art Pen in White, £4.99.