11 Straightforward, Foolproof Halloween Manicures

Updated 07/03/19

Nail art can be a challenging trend to get behind—especially when it's themed for a specific holiday. There's so much time-consuming, detail-oriented work that goes into it. Often, we don't have the time. Instead, this year, we're going for an easier look, one we can pull off in a few minutes with very few extraneous purchases. 

Below, find our favorite Halloween-themed nails that won't cost a lot to pull off and certainly won't take hours to complete. They each require no more than three colors and very little expertise. So without further ado, your next Halloween manicure. 

For the Nail Art Minimalist

@jinsoon

Skeletons and the undead alike will love this minimalist nail art manicure. It uses only two shades (Jinsoon Absolute White and Polka Black, $18 each), one brush, and a little bit of smudging. Halloween nails in just three steps—voilà.

For the Witchy Ones

@jinsoon

Instead of an intricate, painstakingly detailed manicure, opt for glossy black paint and nothing else. It'll add to your witch costume, albeit subtly, but it's also chic for the week post-holiday. See? We're saving you time and money. 

For the Angels

@jinsoon

If an angel costume is more your speed, this sparkly, glammed-up look is for you. It's far less complicated than it seems. All you need is a sparkle-infused nail polish and one hand to paint it on. Bonus points for the clear base color to keep things mess-free. Luckily, Jinsoon has the perfect shade. 

For Ziggy Stardust

@lauren_valenti

If you're musically inclined, dress up like David Bowie himself and offer up a Ziggy Stardust–inspired manicure. Again, just two shades are needed (and you can spell out whatever lyric you love most). 

For the Candy Stripers

@mpnails

For sweet, candy-themed costumes or hospital volunteers, try this icing-inspired manicure that'll keep your look coated in sugar. You'll need two colors, red and a light pink, and a steady hand while drawing the curves. 

For those Who Love Candy Corn

@mpnails

Nail artist Madeline Poole created this candy corn confection for the Halloween-candy devotees. The ombré effect is a bit more involved since you'll have to do some blending, but the final product is worth the work in spades.

Sparkling Pumpkin

@mpnails

Poole worked on this orange look as well, dangling a shimmering string of jewels for some added light-reflecting goodness. This manicure will keep you on theme for the pumpkin-filled holiday but still chic.

For Just a Little Bit of Gore

@nailsbymarysoul

For those adding a little gore to their costume—be it a zombie or what have you—take a neutral manicure and add little drop of polish to keep things creepy (with this manicure by celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul as inspiration).

For the Race Car Drivers

@nailsbymarysoul

If jumpsuits and fast automobiles are your thing this Halloween, try these easy-to-paint flames on a jet-black manicure. They're as sporty as they are fierce, just like you.

For Strawberry Shortcake Costumes

@nailsbymei

If you're a fruitarian (or you're dressing up like Strawberry Shortcake), these adorable berry nails are right up your alley. With green, red, and white for the seeds, you're all set with a brush and a dotter for detail.

Because You're a Cat, Duh

@valleynyc

Dress up the usual all-black feline manicure with spotted leopard look. It takes no time at all after picking up black, brown, and beige at your local drugstore. 

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