If you’re looking for a last minute way to join in on tomorrow’s festivities without wearing a full-blown costume, I say Halloween-inspired nail art is absolutely the way to go. (If I wasn’t still recovering from a gross stomach virus that has wiped out my whole family, I’d be wearing one of them already.) Here’s how to get the looks step-by-step from the nail pros who created them:
Bloody Manicure by Jin Soon Choi
Prep: Apply a coat of JINsoon Power Coat
Step 1: Coat each nail in JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Kookie White.
Step 2: Using JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Coquette, wipe off all of the nail polish from the brush on the neck of the bottle and with varying short strokes, apply polish over the white you just swiped on. You’ll get a more realistic effect if you vary the strokes and even dab or blot the color on in a few places.
Step 3: Paint over the red strokes you just made with JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Audacity in the same way, but apply it in fewer places. The point of this step is to create depth to make the finished hue more realistic.
Spooky Eyes by Danielle Candido for Gelish
Here’s the scoop on how she created the manicure using the Gelish Mini Polishes. If you don’t have a gel set handy or time to hit the salon, use traditional polish and just skip the prep step, replace Steps 1 and 2 with a classic nail lacquer base, ditch the curing phases and replace Steps 5 and 6 with a classic top coat:
Prep: Wipe nails with Gelish Mini Nail Surface Cleanse to clean them. Push back the cuticle and clean the surrounding nail. Apply an adhesive tab to the plastic pusher and lightly buff the nail to remove the shine. Apply Gelish Mini Nail Surface Cleanse to a lint-free wipe to remove dust and clean your nails. Dehydrate your nail plate with Gelish Mini pH Bond.
Step 1: Apply a thin coat of Gelish Mini Foundation Gel to your nails. Be sure to cap the free edge.
Step 2: Use a clean orangewood stick to clean up excess Gelish Mini Foundation Gel from around the cuticle or under the nail. Cure in the Gelish Mini Pro: 45 LED Light for 45 seconds.
Step 3: Apply a thin coat of Gelish MINI Black Shadow to your entire nail. Cure in the Gelish Mini Pro: 45 LED Light for 45 seconds. Apply a second coat of Gelish Mini Black Shadow for full coverage. Cure again for 45 seconds.
Step 4: Using the larger end of a double-ended dotting tool, place two dots of Gelish Mini in Sheek White. Cure for 45 seconds.
Step 5: Using the smaller end of the double-ended dotting tool, place two smaller dots of Gelish Mini Black Shadow inside the white dots. Cure for 45 seconds.
Step 6: Seal with a thin coat of Gelish Mini Top It Off Sealer and cure in the Gelish for 45 seconds. Your nails will remain tacky until they are cleansed.
Step 7: Apply Gelish Mini Nail Surface Cleanse to a lint-free nail wipe to remove the tacky surface. Finish by applying cuticle oil to the skin surrounding the nail plate and massage into your cuticles.