Celebrate autumn with fun and spooky Halloween nails! In this article I have some nail care tips for you, as well as 10 awesome Halloween nail art design ideas.
Are you as excited for Halloween as I am? If I could dress up in a costume every day of October, I would. Unfortunately, once you reach a certain age that’s not exactly appropriate. Instead, I can interject some Halloween spirit with Halloween nail art designs. Sometimes, Halloween nails can also really improve my costume – bloody nails for a zombie costume, long, pointy nails for a witch costume, or animal-print nails to go with a jungle creature costume.
Salon or DIY for your Halloween Nails?
Are you unsure whether you should do your nails at home, or get them done by a professional? First decide what kind of nails you want, and how steady your hand is. For some Halloween nail designs, doing it yourself at home is totally doable. All you need is a few Halloween-themed nail stickers, and some orange and black nail polish. You’ll also see some simple bloody Halloween nail design ideas, which would be pretty easy to achieve.
On the other hand, if the design you want is very complicated, or requires a nail printer, going to a salon might be for the best. In every city there are at least a few nail artists that are pros at creating really unique designs. Additionally, Halloween is a great time to go out of your comfort zone, with gel nails or pointy acrylics – you can simply use them to accentuate a cat or witch costume.
Great Halloween Nails Are Healthy Halloween Nails!
To make sure your Halloween manicure looks truly fabulous (or that you have enough space to draw all those intricate designs), make sure your nails are strong and healthy. This is doubly important if you’re going to do something more intense, like acrylics.
• Make sure to regularly moisturize your nail beds with coconut oil or shea butter.
• Get enough calcium and vitamin B in your diet, or take a supplement.
• File your nails with an emery board, instead of trimming them.
10 Spooky Halloween Nail Art Designs
So your nails look good? I have some cute, some stylish, and some straight up scary Halloween nail design ideas coming your way!
1. Ghouls and Pumpkins Halloween Nails
You don’t have to have long nails for cute Halloween nail art ideas! You can give each finger a cute Halloween character or motif, like the ghouls, pumpkins, mummies, and spider webs in this design.
2. Creepy Crawly Nails
These insect Halloween nail designs are weirdly sophisticated. The bugs are hand drawn with a graphic flourish, and the matte finish only adds to the biologist’s sketchbook effect.
3. Classy Witch Nails
You don’t dig the obvious Halloween nail designs? Try something more abstract, with these sharp witchy nails. Dark colors, lots of creepy jewels, and pentagrams on the pinkies are high fashion creepy.
4. Skeletons and Roses Nails
Who said skeletons can’t be pretty? Add a touch of femininity to your badass skeleton Halloween nails, with 3D roses, some jewels, and a glittery skeleton sticker.
5. Ghosty Nails
These Halloween nails show a few different ways of playing with ghost designs. We’ve got a creepy, abstract ghost on the ring finger, some cuter ghosts on the thumb, and a smiling ghost face on the middle finger. My favorite design here, though, is the black and white swirly pumpkin.
6. Bloody Ouija Nails
What’s a good Halloween party without a séance? Channel some departed spirits, with Ouija Halloween nail art designs. But be careful, because an angry spirit can get vengeful and bloody, as the nails on the right show us. If you’re opting for a gory Halloween costume, you can just borrow that nail stuck in a bloody Halloween nail design.
7. Toothy Monster Nails
Real horror connoisseurs would appreciate these horrifying Halloween nail design ideas. Black base, big red mouth, and a lot of sharp white teeth… Is it the nails that have teeth? Do they represent the gaping maw of a monster? Either way, it’s an easy nail design that is sure to horrify.
8. Dia de Los Muertos Nails
Inject some color into your Halloween nails with some sugar skulls! These cute skulls made of candy are part of the Mexican Day of the Dead traditions, and they are either given to children or placed on altars as offerings to those who died. They’re cute and lovely, rather than spooky Halloween nail art ideas.
9. Matte Black and White Halloween Nails
Something about the matte finish makes any nail design seem more high fashion and mature, and these Halloween nails are no different. Matte black nails, with white Halloween symbols including the moon, bats, and some spider webs make for an artistic style.
10. Scary Cinema Nails
Celebrate your favorite creepy film characters, with these Frankenstein and Addam’s Family Halloween Nail Designs. For such a realistic design, you would have to go to a nail salon that has a nail printer, but the effect is totally worth it.