Wednesday, 9 October 2013

A Few Halloween Nail Art Ideas for 2013

In nail art world October is an exciting time. Halloween themed nail art! 
Being an Australian, where unfortunately we don't get into the spooky holiday as much as the US, didn't stop me from getting excited and trying out different design ideas over the weekend.

First up I did a pumpkin patch feature nail. I think this is a good one for the lead up to Halloween if you don't want to go overboard with the blood, gore and monsters- save them for the big day!
The orange polish is China Glaze life preserver from the 2011 spring collection. This polish had a beautiful formula- thin but pigmented and smooth.
For the pumpkin patch feature nail I first painted my nail with OPI my vampire is buff. I then used some acrylic paints to paint the pumpkins and leaves/vines. 

This next one was definitely the longest and most work, but I recently got some new thin nail art brushes and wanted to try out some fine designs on my nails. 
Unfortunately I didn't get very good photos of them =( I was trying to get them right way up and my usual hand pose makes everything upside down. 

The background blue-grey-sky on a full moon night colour is Misa- "Office Polishtics". 
I then painted the moons with acrylic paint and then sponged over this lightly with grey, black and white to create what is meant to be spooky clouds. 

 There is a mixture of hand painted and stamping in the black. The trees are hand painted, as is the graveyard. I stamped the bats and wicked witch from a bundle monster 2010 collection plate. 

The next design I have to share is meant to be abstract candy corn. Again something Halloween themed without being overboard. All I did was redo the feature nail from my pumpkin patch mani and add some yellow and white glitter to the other nails. The feature nail was done with the sandwich bag marble technique (TUTORIAL HERE)  using China glaze life preserver (orange), China glaze sunshine pop (bright yellow) and Sally Hansen White on.


This last one is a mani I did a few months back, but I have seen it floating around Pinterest with Halloween captions (and a blurred out watermark - ungh!)

The polishes I used were:
China Glaze: Hey Sailor (bright red)
OPI: Kennebunk Port (Deep red)
Revitanail: Port wine (Metallic deep red)....mmmm Port
and OPI: Lincoln Park After Dark (Dark Purple -pretty much black!)

Once again it was done with the sandwich bag marble technique. (Tutorial here)

What Halloween nails will you be rocking this year? I haven't decided yet!


  1. I love all the design but my favorite has to be second one. Its so spooky :D

    1. Awe thanks so much! I was really proud of them, but I didn't manage to take very good pictures before I removed them.

  2. your second design is really well done!!

  3. So many good ideas! I thought I would make a similar post this year because I had an overload of ideas last Halloween. Turns out this year my mind has gone blank, haha. I like your mixture of cute, scary, gory, and not strictly Halloween looks!


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