60 Amazing Ideas for Halloween Nails That Are Anything but Cheesy

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Single Ghost French Tips

These may be the *chicest* ghost nails I have ever seen. My secret hack to getting the perfect French tip? A silicone nail stamp. Then take a nail brush and extend the tip of the ring finger to make a shape reminiscent of a ghost.

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Dark Starry Night

If all things spooky, gory, and downright creepy aren’t necessarily your thang, check out these super s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g starry night nails. The bejeweled moment is *chef’s kiss*.

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Metallic Halloween Nails

Chrome is popping up everywhere this year as one of the hottest fall nail colors. Add a little spice with the black dripping abstract design instead of a classic French tip.

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This Amazing Nail Art for Halloween

Intricate? Spooky? A work of freakin’ art? Check, check, and check. So obviously this would take an incredible amount of skill to DIY this one on your own, but if you need a lil inspo for a super-talented nail artist, take note.

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Abstract “Bloody” Nails

I absolutely love these abstract red nails because they’re not ~technically~ meant to look like blood, but for Halloween szn they most definitely could be—in the chicest way. Take a disposable makeup sponge and stamp a chrome red color on your nails.

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Press-ons for Halloween

Are you (a) really not skilled in the nail art department, or did you (b) wait until the last minute possible to do your Halloween nails? Sound like you? No worries, because inventions like press-on nails exist—i.e., the quickest, easiest way for elaborate nail art without actually, you know, doing the art.

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Slime Green Nails for Halloween

Never ever would I think that I would want to throw a nail polish color reminiscent of slime. But these nails make it look chic, and Halloween is the perfect excuse to do channel the slime green color à la Sandy Liang‘s SS19 models.

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Bat Nails for Halloween

If free-handing some black and white bats on your nails with a tiny nail brush doesn’t exactly sound in the range of your skillset, try opting for some Halloween nail stickers instead. They’ll get the point across, without making you lose your sanity.

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“Jurassic Park” Nails

So, technically, these nails are themed after Jurassic Park, but I’m calling some Halloween vibes based on the creepy dino eyeball alone. You’ll get all my praise for attempting to DIY this look at home (nail-striping brushes are a must here), but I won’t blame you for taking this screenshot to the professionals instead.

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Ombré Spider-Web Nails for Halloween

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Blood-Stain Halloween Nails

If your special FX skills are a little, uh, lacking (how do makeup artists do it?!), then rest assured that these blood-stain nails are super easy. Just paint your nails white, then grab a blood-red nail polish, swipe the brush back and forth over a paper towel to remove excess polish, then lightly run the brush over your nails for a stained and cut effect.

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Skeleton Halloween Nails

When we talk about nail art, this is what I mean: intricate, delicate, steady little lines that depict the perfect level of Halloween vibes (peep the bb skeleton making a heart sign over its skull). Can I have this on my nails immediately?

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Minimalist Mani for Halloween

We love a super-subtle, very minimal manicure for Halloween. If you’re not into the over-the-top vibes but still wanna get in on the festivities, stick a few spider-web nail stickers on your accent nails, then paint the rest white. Easy.

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Ghost-Tip Halloween Nails

French-tip nails meet Halloween with this ghost-tip manicure. If you wanna try your hand at this line, first line your nail tips with off-white nail polish, use a striping brush to extend the ghost’s tail up the edges of your nail, add black some dots for a dead-inside ghost face, and you’re good to go.

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Cut-Out Halloween Nail Art

Nope, these aren’t stickers—these Halloween nails are pure skill and patience…and some really good nail-art brushes. I know they look impossible, but the tutorial for these cut-out cats, moons, and ghosts actually…seems…doable? BRB—gonna go try it out on myself.

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Classic Orange Nails for Halloween

If you’re looking at all these nail-art ideas and find yourself wanting something way more simple—like, really, really simple—may I present to you the most classic Halloween color ever: orange. Grab a pumpkin-orange nail polish, and quietly revel in the holiday spirit.

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Eyeball Nails for Halloween

Oh, would you look at that: an actual nightmare in nail-art form—and my spooky soul loves it. True skill is required to recreate the realistic quality of these eyeballs, so if you’re serious about your scare factor this Halloween, take this idea to your nail tech to try.

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DIY Spiderweb Nails for Halloween

If you’ve got a little bit of time (and a bunch of scotch tape), you can definitely DIY these nails at home. Just tape off the sides of your nails, one side at a time, paint the edges with black nail polish, then use a white nail-polish pen to draw your spiderweb designs.

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“Ghostbusters” Halloween Nails

’90s bbs, listen up! This Halloween nail look is here to fulfill your love of two iconic childhood classics: Ghostbusters and Nickelodeon slime. Even if you can’t freehand these ghosts, you can still satisfy your inner child with some slime-green nail polish on your accent nails.

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Stiletto Naill-Art Halloween Nails

Highly recommend zooming in on these next-level Halloween nails, which are not only sharpened to a near-point (hi, stiletto nails), but also feature a different ~spooky~ vibe on each nail: blood drips, Michael Myers, bloody hearts, skeletons, and more. Hot tip: You’ll wanna book a nail appointment to copy this one.

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Siena Gagliano

Associate Editor

Siena Gagliano is the associate editor at Cosmopolitan, where she primarily covers beauty in the makeup, skin, and hair spaces, as well as some fashion and lifestyle. Wanna know how to get the best brows of your life? Gotchu. What about how to achieve ridiculously glowing skin, a super bouncy blowout, or exactly how to use that viral face mask? Check, check, and check. Before joining Cosmopolitan, Siena was a writer at Bustle and several other media outlets. As NYC’s newest resident, she has vowed to find the best (extra) dirty martini this city has to offer—and yes, that means ~attempting~ to try every cute cocktail spot in the city (hit her up with some recs, pls). Follow Siena on Instagram where you’ll see that her account is mostly dedicated to pics of her cute dog and that magazine life.

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Deputy Beauty Director

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in Allure, Health, Fitness, Marie Claire, StyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.

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Sami Roberts was the previous beauty assistant at Cosmopolitan. Keep up with her cat-filled life in New York on Instagram

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