At the very end of October, Halloween offers up all of those frightful vibes so many look forward to. For nail art devotees, the spookiest month of the year marks the short period in time when it’s socially acceptable to rock nails that are adorned with gory blood, intricate spiderwebs, and more.
When it comes to Halloween 2023, the nails are taking a dark turn (especially when compared to
the must-have looks of years past).
The buzziest manicures right now feature colors like
deep scarlet, chocolate brown chrome, and midnight navy. For Oct. 31, expect to see these popular hues combined with the current obsession with ultra-detailed tips, 3D textures, and a whole lot of sparkle.
In need of some Halloween nail ideas ahead of your next salon visit? Whether you’re looking for a simple design that looks fab on short nails, a trendy look to go with a specific costume (purple aura nails would look fierce with a witch-inspired ‘fit), or a maximalist manicure that can stand alone, here are the 24 best Halloween nail design ideas for 2023.
Prepare for blood drips, spiderwebs, skeletons, and beyond.
Blood-Red French Tips
For those who typically opt for classic French nails, trade in the stark white hue that’s traditionally used for the tip for a vibrant red shade. The accent nail with blood drips is optional, but
highly encouraged. Cats & Ghosts
Can’t choose between chic ghosts and cute black cats? ICYMI,
black and white nail art is on the rise for the fall 2023 season, and this cheeky spin on the trend is subtle enough to match with all of your October ‘fits. Gothic Details
For vampire costumes and beyond, this gothic set painted on sharp stiletto-shaped claws is sure to tap your inner dark side.
Black & White Bone Nail Art
For a neutral set that will still draw all eyes to your nails, adorn some basic black nail polish with a pattern of skeletal bones.
Candy Corn-Inspired French Tips
candy corn is a polarizing Halloween-time treat, there’s no arguing that the combination of white, yellow, and orange makes an adorable manicure. Spooky Chocolate Nails
For an on-trend chocolate-hued nails, try painting some Halloween motifs in shades of brown.
Eye See Red
Elevate some crystal clear nails — which are very on-trend for 2023 — with bloody splatters and unnerving eyes.
Spiderwebbed French Nails
In lieu of a traditional French design, create webs in chromatic hues on every single tip.
Abstract Pumpkin-Spiced Swirls
For a festive mani that nods to October’s cult-fave latte of choice, opt for some pumpkin-inspired lacquer hues topped with inky abstract swirls.
Black Bedazzled French Tips
These maximalist nails say it’s Halloween season, without saying it’s Halloween season...
Black, White, & Red All Over
With one hand painted in red hues and the other without color, try a statement manicure with aura designs, plaid details, bats, spiderwebs, and more.
Black & Red Aura Nails
With an ultra-long stiletto shape that is inspired by vampire fangs, these black and red aura nails are sultry and oh so daring.
Itty-Bitty Halloween Nail Art
For those who much prefer a low-key mani moment (or want a simple design for shorter nails), decorate some neutral nails with itty bitty details.
Barbiecore Bone Nails
For fans of
hot pink nails (who still want to tap those spooky vibes), opt for some skeleton artwork on each tip. Chrome-Colored Webs
Silver webs and black cats just go together, IMO.
Eye-catching and odd, these blood red 3D tips are textured to mimic the look of gory horror flick scenes.
Caution Tape Tips
Decorate your nails with blood prints, caution tape, and silver chains for a crime scene set that is sure to start a few conversations.
Crescent Moon Frenchies
Akin to a crescent moon with a shining bright star next to it, these understated (yet still unique) nails are sure to match every ‘fit and costume this spooky SZN.
Friday The 13th Nail Art
For the horror movie buffs who have a special place in their heart for Jason Voorhees of
Friday the 13th, these slasher-themed nails are a fitting nod. Classic Halloween Hues
Chrome details? Check. Spiderwebs? Check. Green, purple, and orange nail polish colors? Check.
Things That Go Bump In The Night
For a spooky-themed mani that doesn’t shy away from artful details, try a
“patchwork manicure” that features unique designs on every single nail.
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