Trick or treat? As Halloween swiftly approaches, Instagram is filling up with pictures of manicure designs that are each scarier than the last. FAB has selected the most beautiful nail art trends for this year’s Day of the Dead. So, are you more of a dancing witch or a laughing skeleton?
The ‘Day Of The Dead’ Accent Nail
With this design, Korean nail artist Stella Joy gives her own spin on the Mexican Day of the Dead festival with an accent nail in the shape of a grimacing skull. The combination of negative space – utilizing the nail’s natural color as part of a design – and black and gold nail polish makes this look both glam and fun.
The ‘Spiderweb’ Manicure
This is a simple white manicure with just a touch of fantasy on top. The Australian nail artist Maria Vlezko paints a spiderweb design on the base of each nail.
A Matt Manicure With A Special Touch
Created by American nail artist Sarah Waite, this look creates a shimmering effect by combing a traditional nail polish with a matt coat beneath. Drips and drops – of blood, of course – are drawn on top in the same color as the base.
The ‘Jack-o-lantern’ Manicure
Fun and a good reminder of childhood, this look is one of pure fantasy thanks to its jack-o-lantern patterns drawn on top of a neutral base, again by Maria Vlezko.
The Dragonglass Look
Heads up, “Game Of Thrones” fans: this manicure looks like it’s made from Dragonglass, the obsidian stone coveted by the Children of the Forest during the Age of Heroes. Here Maria Vlezko has created a look filled with ominous power, perfect for any Mother of Dragons this Halloween.
The Ombrée Manicure
Here, London-based studio PaintBoxNails has played around with the traditional French manicure by bringing together dark colors that melt into one another. The result is elegant and yet still a little scary!
The Twisted French Manicure
On top of a nude, matt base, Australian nail-artist Jema Lee has applied a black varnish that almost seems like a stain on the nail. Really though, this is perfect minimalist Halloween chic.
Contouring & Negative Space
Here, lines of complementary colors frame the nail for a look – created by Jin Soon Choi – that’s as discreet as it is elegant. You can mix it up with a whole load of different nuances to match it to any Halloween costume, and you can still go to the office the next day without having to change your manicure.
Spooky Nail Stickers
If you want to stay discreet but still don’t want to give up on your Halloween fun, try out Sarah Waite’s technique of applying stickers on top of a nude base, the colors will almost blend together. The whole point of this type of look is the originality and daring of these stickers that can only be seen close-up.
Playing around with Halloween traditions can also mean treating yourself to a black manicure with an original pattern. Here, Lili Nguyen of This is Venice has created a mysterious potion that seems to be bubbling up over the model’s hands.