We already know nails can make or break an outfit (duh) and your Halloween ensemble is no exception. If you’re anything like me, you wait until the 31st to figure out a costume and usually end up being a cross between a streetwalker and a character from The Matrix. In this case, great nails are essential so hopefully everyone will focus on them and not your lack of (read: lame) costume.

In the spirit of the season, we came up with a few ideas of our own that, whether you celebrate Halloween or not, are still awesome to look at.

The Blood Splatter
blood splatter
This is my new favorite manicure. I think I’ll wear it all fall in varying shades because it’s that badass. Our nail artist Hasani committed to it and actually blew polish through a straw to get this look. Yes, a straw. Leave this one to the pros because clean up can be a challenge. We used RGB in White as the base and Vinylux in Rouge Red for the “blood”.

blood splatter + bottle

Dark and Stormy Night
dark and stormy nightdark

A literal translation of Halloween, we have the spooky tree, abandoned house, and a moon that actually glows in the dark. Insane. And what’s even crazier is that all of this was done by hand using a makeup sponge for the ombre look and hand-painted artwork. This is truly nail art.

Friday the 13th
Friday the 31th nails
I mean…this needs no words. Hand-painted Jason mask? Umm, yes please.

If nail art isn’t your thing, think about doing a dark and vampy polish for the holiday. Some of my faves for the 31st are: RGB in Black ($18), RGB in Oxblood ($18), and Deborah Lippmann in Cleopatra in NY ($19).

Here’s to a happy Halloween!

*All of the above manicures are available at Buff nail bar and custom nail art starts at $3 per nail. Photos courtesy of Buff. 


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