Fall is officially here and, if you're anything like us, that means along with visions of pumpkin-spice everything and apple-picking adventures galore comes a whole lot of Halloween prep. While fall-scented candles, spooky-cute décor, and costumes are obviously at the top of the list, we can't help but ask: Aren't you forgetting something?
Your nails, of course! See, many people often forget that manicures go far beyond making your nails look healthy—they're basically a hand-picked accessory to wear every day for up to two weeks (if you opt for gels, that is). As such, along with all your basic seasonal planning (hi, same; it's not a bad thing), we urge you to start brainstorming the manicure you're going to wear in the weeks leading up to the big day (a.k.a. October 31). And, not just any manicure, but a trendy black-tipped nail look that's nothing short of witchin'.
Not sure how a black-tipped manicure can go beyond, well, plain black tips? Ahead we share 10 of our favorite dark nail art ideas just in time for spooky season.
Love a French manicure but want to take it up a notch this Halloween? Try thickening the tips and adding a few delicate dots to create a more multi-dimensional classic.
Why stop at plain black tips when you can intersperse holographic ones into the mix? This glittery mani does just that. To tie it all together, the creator used ultra-thin black lines on each nail. In other words, you could totally create this look at home with the help of a toothpick or safety pin and your favorite black and holographic polishes.
Spooky Black Tips
This delicate mani goes a step further on the witchy spectrum by adding hints of astrology to the mix. Since the look is super intricate, this one might be better left to the pros, so be sure to get your manicurist on speed dial. Or, use decals to get the look.
Black and Red
If you're head over heels for all things spooky, show your love for the Halloween season with these devilish black and red tips. For extra eye-catching allure, trace use a bright neon red.
For the ultimate minimalist manicure this Halloween season, copy this Instagrammer by filing your nails into an almond shape and painting the tips with thin, straight black edges. It will create the same effect as a French mani, but with a sharp point as a nod to the witchiest time of year.
Classic French Tips
If you crave a classic French manicure but just want to swap the colors to fit the season, by all means. To give it a teeny twist, however, pair the tips with a trendy v-shape that looks like polished perfection from every angle.
Black and White
Not ready to go all black with your nail look? This black and red example might be right up your alley. Plus, for anyone who asks, you can say that it's supposed to be a yin-yang Halloween costume for your nails.
Minimalist Black Tips
Love the look of black polish, but not about a full jet-black mani? You're not alone. For a more minimalist approach to spooky, Halloween-ready nails, recreate this mixture of thin French tips and well-placed stars. Très chic.
Sure, all-black French tips are pretty and all, but add a fully-blinged-out statement tip into the mix and just… wow. To recreate the look, glue flat-backed gemstones to the tip of your nail. Since they're circular, you may want to first paint on a white or metallic silver tip so that the nail that shines through looks cohesive with the gems.
Abstract Black Tips
Who said black-tipped nails have to be perfectly French? This abstract swoop nail art makes a case for thinking outside the box (er, line) this Halloween.
Up next: discover the fall nail art designs that will earn you countless likes.