Halloween is about going all out. From elaborate decorations to awesome Halloween costumes to fun face makeup and wild hairstyles, there’s no shortage of ways to show your spooky spirit. But don’t overlook your nails. Giving your fingernails the ultimate Halloween treatment will add more life to your outfit, ensure that you stand out from the rest of the costumed crowd and show off just how frighteningly creative you are. So get your Halloween nail done.
Looking for some creepy and spooky Halloween nail art inspiration? We’ve got you covered. This list has something for everyone and every costume. Whether or not you’re heading to the nail salon to get your Halloween nails ready, you can always use these creators’ looks for inspiration. And, as always, you can give them your own twist, too, if you feel like adding your personal touch. These fun manicure ideas can stand on their own if you’re not dressing up or serve as an awesome enhancement to your costume and scary Halloween makeup.
1. Themed Halloween nails
Halloween consists of many things apart from the orange pumpkin. It has its iconic crescent moon, dark clouds covering it, bats flying, spooky ghosts etc. So why not incorporate these things in your Halloween nail art? You can add anything else that is related to Halloween and make it more creative. However keep it in mind, not to make it very messy.
2. Full Moon Witch Nails
This one has a witchy feel to it, as dark greens and blacks were applied to long and pointy nails. The Halloween theme can be heightened by adding some white polish created these celestial shapes. This would make your nails look gorgeous and the pointy nails would do their work perfectly. You can anymore shapes if you wish.
3. Sparky Halloween nails
Glitter gradient nails are always a big hit. Glitter will take on a much more chic appeal. This will totally give you a party look. It can go not only with the Halloween party, but with other functions and night parties as well. The glitter gives a shiny look and your nails will definitely shine more than your dress. Get this done already!!
4. The Night Time
The black theme is a basic addition of Halloween. Ghosts may be also the most basic of Halloween costumes, and the same goes with nails. Add some pine trees, bats and grayed areas and give your nails the spooky effect it needs for the Halloween party. Making your nails pointy will just be an addition.
5. Spiderweb Nails
Halloween might be too lively for goths at heart. This simple all-black design keeps things dark with spiderwebs peeking out near the cuticle and an adorable black cat accent thumbnail. This season’s biggest nail trend might be the modern French manicure, which takes the classic and puts a fun spin on it, like with this fun cobweb mani. French-tipped manicures have been trending for all of 2020, so why not combine their forces with another popular Halloween motif, spiderwebs, for something that’s equally eerie and trendy?
6. Flame Nails Art
This Halloween nail art is among one of the simplest style. This flame style nail painting is quite in trend nowadays. You don’t have to spend much time for this and it is easy to make. You can use any color for this, or even combination of colors.
7. Meow nail art
The bright oranges, purples, and greens traditionally associated with Halloween might be too lively for goths at heart. This simple all-black design keeps things dark with cats peeking out near the cuticle. While pumpkins and candy corn are classic Halloween designs, black cats can easily look cute or spooky depending on your mood. For those who prefer something subtle, try black-cat french tips or focus your Halloween design on a single accent finger.
8. Matte Black Spiderwebs
At first glance, these nails look like a regular black manicure, but on further inspection, you can tell that they’re covered in glossy black cobwebs. Go for a sharp point to make these even more Halloween-ready. This looks classy.
9. Pumpkin Nail Art
Pumpkins are a mandate for Halloween. If everything around you contains pumpkins, then how can your nails miss it? Create this spooky looking nail art by keeping the base glittery orange and over it draw faces. Simple eyes, nose and mouth in black can also do the work. Pumpkin-based nail arts give a seasonal twist with hand-painted pumpkins atop a beige base. This not-so-spooky manicure works well beyond Halloween and into Thanksgiving festivities.
10. The 3D Halloween Nail Art
This nail art requires some intricate detailing and efforts to give it the 3D look. You can choose any design to draw but make sure you give the base as nude color. You can make eyes, ghosts, trees anything, but everything must be done very carefully. This would just go with any of your party theme and not just Halloween.
11. Spotty Sorcery
Red-and-black manicures will always work well for Halloween, but you can add so much more personality to the colors with gorgeous graphics. The flawless red ombré is topped off by witchy illustrations in matte black and white, like a snake, a moon, and potions. Little dots and stars keep it looking more cute than creepy.
12. Red Daggers
If you don’t want a traditional Halloween manicure, go for a deep red design with lots of sharp edges to stand out. This bloody stiletto manicure is just a perfect match for Halloween. It looks classy and deadly. The red color gives a bloody vibe as well. If you want to go for red, you must try this.
13. Black and white ghosts
The goofy black and white ghosts can be great choice for Halloween party. You can make this nail art unique by keeping the ghost drawing in one nail and paint the others. You can also add other details in your nails. You can add some other elements or even mix the red color.
14. Blood red and ghosts halloween nail art
If you don’t want a traditional Halloween manicure, go for a deep red design with lots of sharp edges or flats to stand out. Add some ghost masks or also some other details.
15. Bloody Spooky Nails
How can be there Halloween without any blood? Bloody nails are a bang on!! You can also give a matte black mani an even edgier twist with these blood dripping, seasonally-appropriate details, achieved with just two colors — just make sure to give your nails plenty of time to dry. To these dripping blood you can add some skull and spiderweb.
16. Nightmare Before Christmas Nails
This Halloween-themed manicure was inspired by the infamous ’90s scary movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Pro tip: If you don’t have a thin nail brush on hand, you can use a pointed eyeliner brush to get a similar effect instead.
17. Happy Ghost Nails
Sure, ghosts are a frequently used subject for Halloween-themed manicures, but you can keep things fresh and unexpected with varying body (well, spectral orb) types and expressions, X-shaped eyes, and a transparent base. If you’re hoping for Halloween-inspired nails but still want to keep a pop of pink, these are the nails for you.
18. The Minimalist Nail Art
The easiest ever nail art. You can choose any two color combinations. But the simplest and coolest colors are black and white. You can pull this off with just dress and any occasion.
19. Bloody Claws
Extremely long, pointy nails can seem like weapons. The sheer pink base adds an “oops, I wasn’t expecting to impale anyone with my mani today” innocence. The mixing of the different colors looks extremely pretty. It is not scary at all. It looks smooth and can go off with any dress.
20. Nails in Stitches
Frankenstein fans who dig negative space nails will love this minimalist French manicure. Keep most of your nails simple with a French manicure outlined with a stitch, and pick a couple of accent nails to add a creepy mummy or skull.
21. Pointed Smokey Marble Nails
These nail arts are not just correct. But they are so awesome. The smokey design just match-up with the pointy shape. These nail arts will look quite good for Halloween, however, you can also try them for any other functions.
22. Neon Nails
Neon is a huge nail trend for 2021 so don’t paint your nails with just ordinary colors. Swiping neon nail polish across your nail beds isn’t exactly a new trend for warm weather months, but it is currently taking the hands and Instagram pages of Hollywood A-listers by storm. So why not add this to your Halloween glow as well? Go creative with your neon colors and get the best designs. But it really shines — literally — when the lights go out because the dip-powder color, Bat Symbol by Etsy’s Dip Hustle, glows in the dark. Perfect lighting the way through spooky haunted houses, they feel especially Halloween-appropriate thanks to the little black bat silhouettes added to an accent nail.
23. Holographic Nails
24. Vampire Nails
25. Boo Nails
The concept behind this adorably spooky manicure is very simple. All of the little details, like the mickey ghost, the high tide, the witch, the bat are what make this look out of the ordinary. Not everything about Halloween has to be scary. You can make somethings in a phunky way as well. You can go for different color combinations for this and it would definitely look great.
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