Dress Up Your Nails For Halloween: 5 Spooky Manicures To Try

20th Oct 2013 / By Barbara Warner

Halloween is right around the corner, and nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quite like a fun or spooky manicure. There are some quick and easy do-it-yourself options that only look complicated. Check out a few of my favorite ways to dress up your nails for All Hallows’ Eve.


One of my favorites is the ‘blood drip.’ First, apply your favorite base coat followed by two coats of a neutral base. I like to use a white or gray. It really allows the ‘blood’ to stand out! Make sure the polish is completely dry before applying a deep red polish to the tips. Use a regular polish brush and drop a small blob on the tip of the nail. Drag the polish down toward the base. Keep it messy so it looks more authentic. You can apply small drops with a toothpick toward the cuticle area so it looks like drops of blood.

Blood Drip Nails

Photo via The Nailasaurus


Another easy look to create is candy corn. First, paint your nails with a base coat and two thin coats of white polish. Then add a bright, solid orange color 2/3 of the way down on your nail (basically right in the middle). Apply a creamy yellow polish to the top 1/3 of your nails. Make sure each coat is completely dry before applying the new color. Finish the look with a top coat.

Candy Corn Nails

Image via Julie Ann Art


Bloodshot eyeballs are a spooky, fun look that is easy to create. First, apply a base coat and two thin coats of polish. Once dry, use the larger side of a dotting tool to make the the iris green, brown or blue. Then, use the smaller side of the dotting tool to make a black dot in the center for the pupil. Add a smaller white dot on the top left of the black to make it really stand out. Finish the look by drawing in some broken blood vessels with a red sparkly striping polish.

Eyeball Nails

Image via Shake Shakee


If you don’t want to go too literal with the Halloween theme, you can create a more subtle manicure with an oxblood ombre treatment. Use a black polish toward the tip of the nail. Paint the bottom 1/3 of the nail with an oxblood color. Use a makeup sponge to blend the colors. Use a brush soaked in polish remover to clean up the excess around the edges. Finish the look with a top coat.

Bloody Ombre Nails

Image via Rodeo


Fishnet nails are also a great complement to many costumes and can look very festive. Minx nails has a huge selection of colors so you can match almost any outfit. There are some great Halloween-inspired nail wraps out there, too. Try some of the new glow-in-the-dark wraps from Incoco. Sally Hansen Salon Effects also has some new designs, like spider webs and skulls. They are super easy to apply and last for up to a week.

Spide Web Nails

Image via That Leanne

Which creepy manicure will you try this Halloween?

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