Safe to say, it’s become quite the tradition for me to create a wheel of Halloween nail art ideas this time every year (you can see last year’s here and the year before here). This year, I still included a few of my favourites like ‘Scene of the Crime’ and ‘Broken Glass’ but there’s plenty of new material to keep you going.
I’m a Little Caught Up
Start with a silver base coat like Barry M Silver Lining, add a fast drying top coat and wait for it to dry.
Apply Whats Up Nails Spider Web Stencil and paint Barry M Black Forest over the top. Quickly remove the vinyl while the black is still wet and add another top coat when it’s dry.
Paint on a base colour that matches your skin tone (I used Barry M Lychee).
Use a nail art brush to paint on some thick red lines with a red like Rimmel Mars.
Finally use Black Acrylic Paint to paint on the stitches.
Sometimes you just want something easy and noone will judge you for choosing an all out glitterfest. This is piCture pOlish’s now retired shade, Lollipop.
For ultimate ease, use a peel off base coat for easy removal the morning after.
The base here is Morgan Taylor Rule the Runway. To get the scratchy, streaky effect, take a darker shade and wipe the brush on a tissue (or other cleanable surface) until it’s almost dry, then lightly swipe it up and down your nails. The Tarantula Charm is from Hex Nail Design.
Now this one’s quite time consuming and fiddly – I’d probably only do this as an accent nail. I used Morgan Taylor Oh, Para-chute! as my base colour, then applied the orange, purple and black pieces from the Born Pretty Round Glitter set.
I freehanded this design over a nude shade. I started with the drips in Rimmel Mars, then I mixed it with a bit of white and used used L’Oreal Rubis Folies to highlight & contour the drips for a 3D effect.
If you’re not confident freehanding, you can buy drip vinyls/stencils here.
If you’re a stamping aficionado, the options are endless. Here I used Bundle Monster Stamping Plate BM-413 from the CYO 2013 Set over A-England Dorian Grey.
You should check out MoYou’s Gothic collection and their Halloween Festive plates. Bundle Monster also has a whole collection of Halloween plates for $14.99!
Pick up some Angel Paper from eBay to create the broken glass effect. I used the green one over Morgan Taylor Rule The Runway for a Halloween combo.
All that Glitters is Bronze
I used a coppery-bronze base and applied a whole bunch of Bronze Rhinestones (similar here)
Use a white base coat and freehand on some random bandages. Black out a portion and draw on some eyes with one big white dot and a smaller black one inside. For extra LOLs, get yourself some 3mm Googly Eyes on eBay!
I freehanded this design using a nail art brush with Sally Hansen Mint Tea (base) & Grass Slipper (drips). You can also buy drip vinyls/stencils to make it super easy.
The Pumpkin Face Stickers from She Sells Seashells are insanely affordable – you get just enough for 10 fingers so it’s worth doubling up to allow for some mistakes. I used Barry M Black Forest over China Glaze Peachy Keen.
I’ve never eaten Candy Corn as it’s still not a thing in the UK, but I’m sure it will make its way over soon. For this nail art, I started with the white base coat, then spent a bit of time going side to side with a little nail art brush in streaks with the orange, yellow and white shades to blend them all together