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3 Easy Halloween Manicure Ideas: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday and what better way to celebrate it than with a spooky manicure? Here are three ideas that are the perfect addition to any creative costume.

1) The Bloody Mani
I wanted the red on this look to really stand out, so I started off with two coats of white OPI Alpine Snow. You can also do a nude base, which would be more subtle but also more realistic. To get the bloody effect, I used the corner of a sponge and dabbed it in Deborah Lippmann’s bright red My Old Flame polish. Starting at the tips, I lightly pressed the red onto my nails and worked my way downward. Once I was done sponging, I just added a top coat and mwahaha — the scariest my fingers have ever looked.

2) Slimy Fingers
For this mani, I suggest using a dark base such as black or even a metallic. I chose to use two coats of dark green Edyta from Zoya because it felt so festive. Once my base was dry, I took the lime green Zoya Mitzi hue and globed on the lacquer starting at my cuticles. I created the dripping ooze effect by using a squiggly motion that wasn’t at all precise — which was half the fun! My biggest recommendation is not to be sparing with the green shade and really layer it on until you look sufficiently slimy.

3) Ghoul-In-The-Dark
A good glow-in-the-dark polish is very hard to come by, trust me. But I had heard great things about China Glaze’s Ghoulish Glow and, much to my delight, this is the best one I’ve ever used. Putting a light base coat on first really makes your glow brighter, so I started with a couple coats of white polish. After that, I really layered on the lacquer (four coats), because the more you add, the better the result. Once it dried, I played with some ghostly designs, but you can do cat eyes, skulls, spiders — there is no limit to how creepy you can go! I painted my designs in black so that they really popped in the dark. I suggest holding your nails up to a light to really charge the polish before showing it off.

What nail designs will you be rocking this Halloween?

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