Pro Artists Weigh in on the Best Halloween Nails, Just in Time for Spooky Season

When October comes, there’s no time to waste in putting together your fiercest looks for the spookiest season of the year, Halloween nails included. Whether you like them long and sharp, dipped in the deepest red lacquer, or prefer a short set covered in slime, these designs are not for the faint of heart.

Nail artists know a thing or two when it comes to creating a set you won’t forget: From bloody drips to intricate webs, they’ve done it all. Below, pro artists walk us through their most requested nail designs and the colors that make them squeamish in the best possible way. They also share their go-to tips for making your Halloween manicure wearable long after the ghosts and ghouls have moved on.

Like any season, Halloween has inspired a set of designs that frequently serve as the basis for a variety of looks. “The most requested designs would definitely be blood dripping from the cuticle, spider webs on accent nails and fangs,” says Michelle Ramirez, a nail artist at New York City’s trendy AKIKO salon. “As for shape it’s definitely pointy or round, which makes the nail look longer.”

Ramirez’s favorite colors for creating a flawless, appropriately spooky mani are Essie’s oxblood color ‘Wicked,’  or a deep, shimmery shade “when you’re feeling luxurious.” As for how to get the most wear out of your nails beyond the Halloween season, she recommends opting for a dark ombré nail, which you can easily create at home. “It’s on theme and you can definitely rock it all fall and winter. Just get a makeup sponge, apply color to the top of the sponge, and layer on a clear nail until it has a gradient effect!”

Courtesy of Michelle Ramirez/ @enterthenailrealm

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