I absolutely love decorating nails for different seasons and holidays, however I dislike when it looks like the season or holiday completely threw up all over the nails. So I think I've found a happy medium with this festive and spooky look! It incorporates a typical ghoulish figure, and ups the sophistication with a bright hued orange topped with sparkles.
I'm not going to lie that this took me longer than expected, but then again I was testing a few different techniques along the way. So for you I have the simple version that shouldn't take you much time at all, and it's customizable to your preferences! How great is that?!
Now let's get to the DIY!
- Orange, white, black, clear, & sparkle/glitter nail polish (I prefer Essie)
- Nail Polish dotter
- Nail polish brush (thin) or any narrow paint brush
- Fun addition: with glue apply googly eyes in place of painting on ghost eyes
Step 1: Apply Color Base Coat
Apply orange nail polish to four of your fingers including the thumb. On the fifth nail (any nail of your choosing) apply white nail polish, and then let all five nails completely dry. Lightly touch the polish to make sure no smudges or fingerprints appear. Also depending on the brand of polish you may need two coats.
Step 2: Paint on the Ghost
On your white nail use your brush, and carefully draw "U's" with black polish across the bottom portion of your nail. Then fill in with the black. Next take the nail dotter and form two eyes at the top portion of the nail, and there should be space between the two eyeballs. Then use the brush again and draw an agape mouth, which can be any shape you like. Let everything you just drew completely dry. This is extremely important because you don't want smearing or smudging of the colors. After drying, use the dotter again and form two small dots on the inside of the black eyes.
Step 3: Bedazzle
You're almost done! The last step is just as easy as the first. Use your glitter/sparkle nail polish of choice and sweep across the four orange nails. Apply as much or as little as you desire. With my nails I attempted to create more of an ombre effect with the most amount of sparkles being at the top and then lessening towards the tip of my nail. The effect sort of worked... I'll need to perfect it in the future.
And that's it! Just a few fairly simple steps and you have a marvelous Halloween nail art manicure! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Let me know what you think of this DIY. Was it helpful? Could I explain things better or give more examples? I'd love to hear your comments! I'm always looking to improve.
Happy Halloween! Be safe!