4 Clever Nail Ideas For Halloween

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Written by: Littlethingsdiy
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Halloween will be here before we know it, and even if you don't feel like dressing up in a costume, you can get into the ghoulish spirit early with some fun  nail art

I'm already counting down the days to Halloween, but not a day goes by that I'm not finding some inspiring, fun DIY nail art to keep my fingers looking their best. My friends always look to me for the coolest nail art — and no holiday inspires it more than Halloween 

I'm a big fan of using household items like tape to add some extra flair to my manicures, but recently started experimenting with dental floss and sewing pins as nail art tools. Today, I'm going to show you how to incorporate these items to make flawless nail art at home to help really add something special to your Halloween costume

These simple, spooky nail art designs will get you into the spirit in no time. 

What you need: 
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Dental floss 
- Premium cotton rounds 
- Scotch tape 
Straight pins 

Essie "Good To Go" Top Coat 
- Essie "Over The Edge" Black Nail Polish 
- Essie "Blanc" White Nail Polish 
OPI "Juice Bar Hopping" Orange Nail Polish  

Now let's get started!  

Spiderweb Nail Art  

Start out with two coats of a light-coloured base coat in a shade of your choice. (I used  Essie "Blanc" White Nail Polish.) 
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Dip the end of a straight pin in a dark, contrasting colour for the web. (We used  Essie "Over TheEdge.")
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Draw three or four straight lines diagonally across the nail to meet in one of the bottom corners. Let dry.
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Using the same straight pin, draw curved lines bridging each of the diagonal lines together to form a "web." If you like, you can add a second row of curved lines above the first to enhance the effect.  

Let dry. Add clear top coat to finish. 
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Jack-O'-Lantern Nails  

Start out with two coats of a dark base. (We used  Essie "Over The Edge" again.) This will be your contrasting colour for the jack o'lantern's mouth. Let dry. 
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Place a piece of Scotch tape about 2/3 of the way down the nail, forming a straight line across the top. Make sure it is firmly sealed across the nail. 
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Paint two coats of orange paint ( OPI "Juice Bar Hopping") on the top 2/3 of the nail.
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Let nail dry for minimum of 15 minutes.  

Next, gently peel off the scotch tape. You should have a half-moon "smile" left behind. 
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We wanted to clean up the edges of the smile, so we swept a white coat of polish ( Essie "Blanc")  along the bottom rim of the nail, around the cuticle, and then painted with our orange colour on top. This gets messy, so keep some cotton swabs and nail polish remover handy. 
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*Optional* If you want your jack-o'-lantern to have a tooth, dab a little white polish into the smile where you want the tooth to be. Allow to dry and then cover with orange polish. 

Add the eyes by dripping two small dots of dark paint in the top third of the nail. Use the pointed end of a straight pin or safety pin to pull the polish into a triangular shape. Let dry, then wipe away the access paint with nail polish remover and a cotton round. 
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Top with clear polish to seal. 
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Ghost Nail 

Start with two coats of your base colour. We used ( OPI "Juice Bar Hopping.") Let it dry. 
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Next, drip a small blob of dark polish on the top third of your nail and spread down into a slightly oblong shape with your brush. 
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Use the point of a straight pin to drag the polish into three or four points, so you end with a ghost shape: round at the top, and jagged at the bottom.
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Dip the round head of a straight pin in white polish and make a small blob to make a round ghost mouth. Dip the sharp end in white polish and make two tiny pinpricks for eyes. 
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Let it dry, then seal with clear polish. 
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French Mani With A Twist  

Start with two coats of a base colour, preferably lighter than your contrasting colour. (We used Essie "Blanc.") 
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Dip a dental floss brush in a contrasting colour (we chose orange) and press it against the nail to create the line for a French tip.
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Fill in the tip. You can do this freehand, but if you want it to be extra tidy, you can use a strip of Scotch tape. Make sure the base coat has dried at least 15 minutes before trying this.
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Allow another 15 min. of drying time, then carefully remove tape for perfect French tips. 
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Seal with a coat of clear polish and you're done! 
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These manicure designs are boo–tiful for Halloween. Don't you agree? 

Which design is your favourite?! Let us know in the comments!
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