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No need to remove these moody manicures come November.
By Kenisha Alexander
Date October 21, 2021
Halloween always offers up the perfect excuse to get a little adventurous with your look. Regardless of whether you have plans to wear a costume, you can still have a little fun with your nails come spooky season. Since we recognize that a neon orange pumpkin manicure might not be a great wardrobe fit post All Hallows’ Eve, we gathered some of our favourite on-trend Halloween nail designs that you won’t need to hide with a pair of gloves come November 1.
A classic tortoiseshell manicure
We may be used to seeing this classically chic pattern on glam sunglasses and other accessories, but it has officially migrated to your nail beds and we are not mad about it. Not only is this marble effect very on-trend, but the mix of dark browns, black and orange tie perfectly into Halloween season in a modern and clever way. Get the look with CND’s new Candlelight shade and Phantom, a deep brown-black.
Nude nails with metallic webs
Metallics — one of the easiest, goes-with-anything nail looks — are back. Adding some gold spiderweb details is a great way to elevate any nail look, whether you want to add a little scare to your weekly nude mani or take it a step further with a black or merlot base shade. No time to hit the salon? Go faux with these chic limited edition stick-ons from Kiss.
An abstract Halloween manicure
For those that want festive tips without having a full on jack-o-lantern motif, this deconstructed spin is likely right up your alley. The bonus? These artsy abstract swirls and swipes are probably one of the easiest negative space trends to replicate. There truly are no rules when it comes to re-creating this style and you can use as much or as little of each colour as you wish. Get the look with this perfect pumpkin shimmer and moody black polish.
Black French manicure with a twist
The French manicure may be back, but this is not your mom’s square white tips. Instead, this Halloween nail design is all about experimenting with new shapes, colours and designs, and this black ombré effect can easily transition from evening Halloween party to morning video call. If, like most of us, you don’t have an incredibly steady hand or the time to create nail art with such detail, you can easily take this look to the next level with these celestial-themed nail stickers.
A matte mani with a blood drip
For those who won’t give up their nude nails no matter what, this minimalist look might just do the trick. The almond shape adds a chic finish and the deep maroon drips could be blood, or another cool design accent that will still give you that seasonal pop of colour. The key to a look like this is the contrasting matte base, so get started with a matte top coat before adding any accents.
A Halloween nail design for those who don’t love Halloween
If you avoid scary movies, costumes and Halloween festivities at all costs, you can still get in on the spirit of the season with this sweet-as-candy nail look. This fun and playful manicure may inspire you to add a friendly ghost to your favourite pastel, floral or other all-seasons nail look. Casper, is that you?