6 Easy Halloween Manicure Tutorials Perfect for People Who Can’t Do Nails

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Halloween 2015 is less than four days away!! Are you freaking out yet? ‘Cause we sure are. And while we have confidence that you’ve found your costume, perfected your creepy makeup and made epic plans for the spooky holiday, we have to call you out on something you most likely forgot about — your nails!

Did we hit the nail right on the head (pun obviously intended)? Thought so. But don’t worry! You don’t have to walk around with less-than epic Halloween nails just because you’re no manicurist. Follow the below tutorials for the EASIEST, most beginner-friendly October 31 nail tutorials you’ve ever seen.

1. Dripping Blood:
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats of white polish. We used Zoya Purity.
Step 2: Dip a toothpick in red nail polish like Zoya Janel and make a few dots on each nail. Drops of blood aren’t perfect, so don’t be too worried about making this super neat!
Step 3: Take the same red polish’s brush and make lines extending from the dots to the end of your nails. They should be kinda in the shape of Q-tips.
Step 4: Messily fill in the gaps! Wipe the brush clean to smudge what you have around and get a bit more product to make everything look a bit goopy and blood-like.
Step 5: Finish with your favorite topcoat to lock everything in and you’re good to go!

2. Candy Corn:
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats of a light yellow polish. OPI’s I Don’t Bite is shown above.
Step 2: Once that is COMPLETELY dry, take a piece of clear tape and cut it into thin strips. You’re going to put the tape in the middle of your nails to make three equal sections, so the size will be different for everyone based on nail size.
Step 3: Apply the strips to the center of your fingernails, making sort of a sandwich with the already-painted yellow as the two slices of bread.
Step 4: Fill in the bottom section (closest to your cuticle) with an opaque white polish. We used Zoya Purity again.
Step 5: Fill in the top section (the free edge of your nail) with a pumpkin-orange color. Our choice was Sally Hansen Tribal Sun.
Step 6: Wait a few minutes for the polishes to dry slightly, but not all the way. Once you’ve waited, you can slowly and carefully pull the pieces of tape off your nails.
Step 7: Add a topcoat and your nails will be the star of your Halloween costume!

3. Spooky Ghosts:
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats of Sally Hansen White Out, or your favorite white polish.
Step 2: Wait for the white to dry fully. Then, dip a toothpick into a black polish like Lauren B’s Paparazzi and gently make a squiggly, imperfect line along the free edge of your nail.
Step 3: Dip that same toothbrush into the black again and make two eyes (vertical ovals) and a mouth (horizontal oval)
Step 4: Wait for the black to dry and finish everything with a topcoat. Done!

4. Pretty Pumpkins:
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats of a white polish. We used Zoya’s Purity.
Step 2: Once you let the white dry, take an orange color (shown here is Zoya Jancyn) and create circular pumpkins starting from the free edge of your nails. Remember to leave a little divot at the top of the shape.
Step 3: Dip a toothpick in Rimmel’s Green Eyed Monster and create the pumpkins’ stems.
Step 4: Get another toothpick and dip it in a pale yellow color. Draw a few curved lines in each pumpkin — this will give ’em more dimension.
Step 5: Let everything dry and complete the look with a topcoat. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a subtle glitter (like Deborah Lippmann’s Stairway to Heaven) over each nail, too!

5. BOO!
Step 1: Once again, paint your nails any opaque white.
Step 2: Make sure the white is completely try and then take a toothpick and dip it in your black polish. Begin to write out B-O-O on your middle three fingers.
Step 3: Fix any edges with a nail-dotter tool (or a rounded pen LOL!)
Step 4: Paint your two remaining nails (pinky and thumb) with an orange glitter like Zoya’s Alma. You can also lightly go over the word nails with the same glitter.
Step 5: Let everything dry and paint over your nails with a topcoat.

6. Witch’s Cauldron:
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats of a semi-dark, shimmery purple polish. Sally Hansen Purplexed is shown here.
Step 2: Once the purple has dried, create the same pumpkin shape as shown above with a black color like Sally Hansen Black Out. Using a toothpick, paint a straight line at the top of the circle to create the cauldron’s lip.
Step 3: Let the black dry. Then, use various glitter polishes to create a messy bubble of ‘smoke.’ We combined Zoya Seraphina and Deborah Lippmann Glitter And Be Gay.
Step 4: Let everything dry so you don’t smudge things together. Finish with a topcoat and you’re done!

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