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Say ‘Boo’ To the Halloween Nails Everyone Is Talking About

October 25, 2021

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Say ‘Boo’ To the Halloween Nails Everyone Is Talking About

October is here and it’s time to say ‘hello’ to spooky season. We like to think of as the start of the festive period. After all, as soon as Halloween is over, it’s all about Christmas. Halloween marks the start of party season and it’s a time to get creative with your beauty routine – including your nail art. Not everyone is a fan of getting dressed up and going for an adult version of trick and treating.


If you want a subtle way to celebrate the spooky season, we’ve got just the thing. Enter Halloween nail art. It might be the spookiest time of the year, but it’s also the time when nail artists let their creativity run wild. It’s all about impossibly long nails with blood red lacquer and shorter sets, complete with intricate detailing.


Halloween is your chance to have fun with your nails, whether you’re doing them at home or treating yourself to a salon appointment. We’re rounding up the biggest Halloween nail trends that we’re seeing professional nail artists, celebrities, and influencers talking about. We’re also sharing out tips on how to maintain and get the most out of your Halloween manicure.

The classic Halloween motifs


When it comes to Halloween nails, there are some trends that never die. You’ll always see people asking for blood dripped cuticles, spide web accents, and the occasional fang-inspired look. The one thing that no one can doubt is that the two biggest nail shape trends are pointy and round, giving the illusion of longer nails.


Blood drips have long been one of the most request styles for professional nail artists. If you want something Cardi B-inspired or a little more sparkly, ask about a Swarovski spider. If your nail artist offers embellishments, a crystal spider can help you steal the show at your Halloween party.


Not sure where to start, go for blood—on your nails that is. “When it comes to my most highly requested design for Halloween, it’s definitely blood drips,” says California-based nail artist Laysa Cazares.  “I would say the top three that I get requests for are blood drips, spider webs, and Swarovski spiders. Black stilettos are definitely really in for Halloween as well but with the square shape becoming super popular I’ve had a lot more clients want square nails instead.”


Eye-catching designs are the biggest trend for Halloween every year. The more eye-catching, the better. You can stick with a classic theme of pumpkins or eyeballs, but you want to consider whether you’ll want to wear that style in the days after Halloween.


Pumpkin is a more generic autumnal motif, but one that perfectly ties into the Halloween season. Don’t overlook the simplicity of pumpkin orange. It’s a shade that’s becoming even more popular for autumnal nails and it’s a great choice if you need a more professional and minimalistic look.

The simplicity of ombre nails


Whether you want to keep your nails simple or go over the top, look out for deeper shades with a metallic finish. You want to choose a luxurious autumnal hue that you can wear after October 31st. If you’re planning on keeping your nails after Halloween, a dark ombre look is perfect for the season and works as a transitional style into the holiday season.


Creating an ombre nail is easier than you think. You can create the look at home using a makeup sponge. Start by applying color at the top of the sponge and layer it on a clear nail, working downwards until you create a gradient effect. It’s as easy as that!


Another simple look that you can try is to play with negative space and turn classic styles on its head. Instead of a French manicure, swap out the white tip for a black hue instead. You’ll still get the elegant look, but with a spooky twist. If you’re a fan of black nail polish, you can all out with a minimalistic black manicure and a coffin nail shape.

The most popular Halloween nail shapes


If you want to channel your inner witch or spooky Queen, it’s a good idea to opt for a stiletto shape manicure. Long nails are a must-have for Halloween. They’re glamorous, but also offer you more space for nail art and designs.  However, square space shapes are becoming more popular as people opt for a more minimalistic and fuss-free nail style.


What trends are you jumping on for your Halloween manicure? Let us know in the comments below!

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