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DIY Halloween Nail Designs

Updated on September 8, 2019

Creep out those Talons for Fright Night.

With witching hour upon us it's time to get your nails Halloween ready. From glowing graveyard nails to pretty pumpkins, there is a multitude of cute and spooky designs for Halloween nail art.These nail art ideas will suit most costumes and can even take the place of a costume if worn with a black outfit. You can also choose to match your makeup to your nails - especially if going as a witch.

Bats

Bats

The purple ombre base coat is ideal for Halloween. Achieve this by apply 3 different tones of purple to a makeup sponge and apply to the nails. Once dry you can use nail decals of bats or paint them yourself.

Boo

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Boo

These spooky but girly looking nails have everything you require to look frightfully delightful on October 31st. With the glitter, web and text, and the rhinestone spiders that look ready to climb into the web on the ring finger.

Glowing Graveyard

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Glowing Graveyard

These glowing nails by holohussy are done with stamping plates. When completed you can add a clear coat of glow in the dark nail polish. This would look great for a night out or handing out candy in the dark!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins
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Pumpkins

Pumpkins are perfect for freaky manis and can actually be used all through fall up to Thanksgiving. The shapes of the Jack O Lanterns are painted with orange nail polish and black and green acrylic paint are then used for the details such as the pumpkin stem and eyes.

Spider

Spider

For a ghoulish look to freak out your friends - try painting one nail with a creepy spider and the other nails in orange. One nail is painted in a base coat of white and a spindly spider is painted with black acrylic paint using a fine tip brush. Then you can add orange dots to bring the whole look together.

Pumpkin Cat

Pumpkin Cat

A cat peeping out of a pumpkin makes for a very sweet mani. Every nail is painted in black polish and one feature nail features this adorable cat popping out of a pumpkin. The design is hand painted using a fine tip brush and acrylic paint.

Orange, Black & Glitter French Tip

Orange, Black & Glitter French Tip

Transform a French manicure into Halloween ready talons by adding black and orange glitter polish in thin lines to the tips. This is a great look if you don't want a fussy look but still want to be Halloween ready.

Black & Web

Black & Web

You only need two colors to recreate this ghastly nail art - black and white. Paint the nails with a base coat of black and then use a fine tip brush to recreate the web and spider in white.

Jack O Lanterns

Jack O Lanterns

Recreate these Jack O Lanterns on your nails using black and orange polish. Paint the tips with orange and add stitching with a fine tip brush and black nail polish. Pumpkins really can be painted on your nails throughout fall so it's a great nail art tp become familiar with.

Bewitching Burgundy

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Bewitching Burgundy

For elegant nails with a spooky twist try these burgundy and black matte gradient nails with a spider on a web on the ring finger & a glittery accent nail. A black polish and burgundy are applied to a make up sponge which is then applied to the nail to achieve the gradient look.

Spider Web Tips

Spider Web Tips

This fun mani is very reminiscent of Spiderman. Begin by painting half of the nail on the diagonal in orange polish. Add the webbing and spider with a fine tip brush and black acrylic paint. Finish with a clear top coat.

Halloween Characters

Halloween Characters

With a mummy , Frankenstein & Jack Skellington, it's easy to see why these nails would be great for fright night.

On Fire

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On Fire

These nails are too hot to handle and they look like they've spent too much time at the bonfire! Begin with a coat of black nail polish and then yellow and red acrylic paint are used to paint the word 'boo' onto the nails.

Frankenstein

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Frankenstein

Give a nod to Frankenstein with with a ghoulish green and black and purple stitching fade on the tip. It's a fun take on the traditional Halloween manicure!

Jack Skellington

Jack Skellington

If you loved the movie - Nightmare Before Christmas, then you will definitely want to give this nail art a try. There are so many variations around this theme because it is synonymous with Halloween - and it's a great excuse to watch the movie again for inspiration purposes of course!

Ghosties

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Ghosties

These adorable ghosts look perfect against the purple backdrop. Paint the nails is a purple shade and then using white acrylic paint, paint irregular ghost like blobs on the nails.

Black & Orange Dotticure

Black & Orange Dotticure

A fun dotticure is created with a dotting tool. Paint a base coat of whte and use the dotting tool with orange and black nail polishes to create the polka dots.

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