Halloween Nail How-To’s

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Steal The Spotlight At All Your Halloween Festivities With Nail Expert Katie Saxton’s Tips On Spooktacular Nail Styles

Halloween is right around the corner, which means you’re probably busy picking out your costume and planning which spooktacular soirees to attend. Make sure your nails are ready to impress everyone at all your Halloween festivities! If you’re wondering how to decorate your nails for the spooky holiday, don’t worry. Nail Expert Katie Saxton has your back!

Katie Saxton, President of Custom Nail Solutions, has tips on ghoulishly glam nail art that will help you win “Best Halloween Look” at all your costume parties. Try out any of the below styles to turn heads at all your frightening festivities!

Spooky Staples: Black and orange are the staple colors for Halloween, so feel free to jazz up your nails with either or both of these hues! Choose a solid black or solid orange mani, or alternate between orange and black for each nail. You can also use toothpicks to draw Halloween designs like little white “ghosts” and black “skulls” on each nail!

Zombified and Fabulous: If you plan to dress like a walker from The Walking Dead this Halloween, look the part with creepy zombie nails! Have gray polish, olive green polish, and a matte top-coat on-hand, as well as a make-up sponge. Dip the sponge in the gray polish and dab on each nail. Let dry, then dip the sponge in the olive polish to create little dark green “moss” splotches on each nail. Once dry, add a clear matte topcoat to complete the look!

Wicked Water Marble: Steal the spotlight at your spooktacular soiree with this show-stopping design! Start off with a cup of room temperature water, a bottle of orange polish, a bottle of black polish, and a clear topcoat, as well as tape and several toothpicks. Place tape around the edge of the first nail, covering the cuticles. Add two drops of orange to the water and let spread, then a drop of black polish in the middle of the orange polish, and add another drop of orange in the middle of the black. Then, take a toothpick and drag the edges of the polish to the center of the circle. Press your nail into the design, use a toothpick to scrape excess polish away from the edges of the nail, and take the nail out of the water. Then remove the tape and let dry. Use a toothpick to clear the polish from the top of the water, and repeat the process with the rest of the nails. Don’t forget a glossy clear topcoat!

Spooky Spider Webs: Spider webs are always a staple Halloween decoration, as seen by the fake cobwebs and spiders that cover houses in neighborhoods everywhere. Celebrate this tradition by decorating your nails with a spooky and fun spider web manicure! To do this design, start with a bottle of black polish, a bottle of metallic silver polish, a clear topcoat, and toothpicks. Paint each nail black and let dry, then, dip a toothpick in metallic silver polish and draw silver “rays” coming out of the center of each nail to the edges, and add swooping “spider web” lines between each of the rays. Let dry and voila! A scary and stylish spider web manicure that is sure to turn heads wherever you go this Halloween!

Freaky Frankensteins: This mani is sure to help you win “Best Costume” this year! Have on-hand green polish, black polish, white polish, and a clear topcoat, as well as a several toothpicks. Paint each nail green and let dry, then use a toothpick to draw black “hair” on the tips of each nail. Use another toothpick to draw little white “eyes” below the “hair” on each nail. Let dry and use a toothpick to add little black “pupils” in each of the white dots. Finally, use a toothpick to draw black “stitched mouths” below the eyes on each nail. Add more black stitches here and there on the nails, and add a final clear topcoat to complete the look!

Cute Candy Corn Mani: No Halloween is complete without yummy candy corn! Celebrate this delicious tradition with a cute candy corn nail design! Paint a horizontal orange stripe at the base of each nail and let dry, add a yellow horizontal stripe above each orange stripe and let dry, and then paint the tips of your nails white. Don’t forget to add a glossy clear topcoat!

Jumpy Jack-O-Lantern Mani: This manicure will ensure your nails are ready for all your spooky festivities! To do this ghoulishly glam design, paint all of your nails orange and let dry, then, using a toothpick, paint a spooky black Jack-O-Lantern “face” on each nail. Make sure each face is different, and feel free to add the word “BOO” on a few nails! Complete the look with a clear topcoat.


Katie Saxton is the President of CustomNailSolutions, a renowned blogger, and regular contributor to TV, radio, print and online media, on topics of nail beauty, nail care and trends The Custom Nail Solutions Nail System. It is a revolutionary artificial nail product that gives you reusable and chemical-free custom nails that uniquely fit only your nail beds. They are thinner, stronger, and virtually indestructible. You can have lovely, natural-looking salon-style nails on your own schedule and in the comfort of your own home.


  • Joanna

    The first nail art featured is so me. I will bring it to my nail tech so she can do it for me.

  • Those are some great nail art ideas. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Love the spooky nails 😀 I need to do something with mine pronto!