OY- it’s Halloween time (already??). Honestly, I can write about it… envision that I’d like to be preparing for it… but I have completely done nothing to prepare for Halloween, nor do I plan to anytime soon.
I love the idea of being the kinda person who goes all out decorating there house for every single holiday, I love the idea of my house covered in skulls/pumpkins/creepy little glittery rats hiding in corner… but shit, I just don’t have time for that.
I like the idea of picking out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, carving it, & roasting the seeds… but then I remember how bummed I was cleaning up pumpkin guts last year.
I like the idea of planning out the perfect costume for months, but Halloween is on a Tuesday & I am too tired (much more the figure it out last minute type/wear the same mask every year type).
Basically, I’ve turned into the grinch of Halloween… except when it comes to my nails. I have been growing my natural nails out for MONTHS (full post on this journey coming soon!) so I can get back on my nail art game, & now that my nails have finally made some progress, I will definitely be getting creative with my Halloween mani.
It’s perfect considering I have to get my nails done anyways… it’s no extra work for me to be just a little less Grinch-y of me.
Okay… now for my Halloween nail art mood board vibes. I always come to the salon fully equipped with photos of exactly what I want. No room for error. Also, when looking for a nail salon, refer to YELP & look at the photos. Make note if there is a specific nail tech who excels at nail art & make an appointment with her! That’s how I found my nail guru (shoutout to Sarah!), & she’s a nail art genius!
The Inspo | Nails for Halloween
i. Spider Nail Design
Spider nails are always a classic & fit perfectly with my black & white vibe!
I especially love the half moon mani w/ spiderwebs & if you have coffin shaped acrylic nails, mixing up textures/colors/pattern on different nails is always different & fun (& black rhinestones for the spiders body is too cute!).
Try it yourself with this half-moon spider web tutorial.
ii. Witchy Inspired Nails
I am a sucker for a witchy/dark/edgy mani… so these are definitely up my alley!
I am envisioning a last minute Stevie Nicks costume thrown together w/ one of these manis & I’d be good to go on my costume? See… I think good under pressure.
Try it yourself with this rad moon phase man tutorial (obsessed w/ this look!).
iii. Creepy Chic Nail Art
I am digging this kinda minimal, kinda high fashion, but still creepy nail art vibe. I Like these three mani options cause although they are Halloween-ish, but I won’t look as weird when Halloween is over.
Again, time is money, & if I get my nails done… they’re gonna stay that way for atleast two weeks. Two week old zombies or Jack-O-Lanterns is just weird.
Try it yourself with this blood drip mani tutorial.
iv. Do It Yourself #NailSpo
Okay, these are ALL for the DIY-er’s out there.
Personally, nail art isn’t my strong suit as my hand is shaky & I am incredibly inpatient… but these three designs look simple enough for even me.
+ wandering eyes: paint your nails solid black, let dry, & then use a double sided dotting tool (the larger end) to make two white dots. Let dry & repeat with black polish in the center of the white dots using the small end of your dotting tool. Finish with matte topcoat.
+ stitched tips: honestly, I love this… but I’d probably do a light pink or white instead of orange. The orange is just a bit too festive for me. But this is too easy not to try, & you can totally mix up your color choices. Using nail tape, section of the top tip of your nail & pain the tip your main color. When dry, peel off the nail tape & use a nail art pen to draw your stitches! Easy peasy.
iv. Next Level Halloween Nail Art
This is the kinda shit you see in nail art competitions, & I have ALWAYS wanted nails like the above. It’s some serious intricate artwork happening.
I am all about the Dracula nails (which could most likely be achieved with some tips!), the mixed media nails with the brain/bloody/eye/gold rib cage is INSANE. If I had fake nails, I’d be way down for something like this!
& the lastly, the 3D ghost manicure which even has a full blown tutorial to go along with it. Where do people come up with this stuff? SO creative!!