Fab Friday – Halloween Nails How To

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At last, here’s my Halloween nails contribution for CrashingRed. Even though I created a much more flamboyant Halloween nail art for SoNailicious, here I thought I’d share this quick Halloween nails how to that I did last year.

Initially I just wanted to re-create one of an existing beautiful Halloween nail designs (check outthis Halloween Nail Art ideas compilation) but ended up with my own idea. It doesn’t require any nail art skills just two polishes – black and white, sticky tape and a pair of scissors! The result is these cute Halloween nails called “Action Skulls”.

Why “Action”? Scroll down and you’ll see…


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1. Paint a generous layer of white nail polish onto the sticky tape and leave it to dry

2. Apply two coats of black nail polish to your nails. Make sure you leave enough time for this coat to set properly. I used Revlon Blackest Black.

3. Practice drawing the skulls on a piece of paper. Then draw them on the painted sticky tape. Cut them out.

4. Stick the skulls on your thumbs. Stick the chin on your ring fingers. if you couldn’t cut the sculls’ teeth properly (as I did) draw the teeth with the black pen. Apply a clear top coat and enjoy your cute skulls Halloween nails!


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What about you ladies, are you celebrating Halloween this year? And… how do you like this “Action Skull” mani? Cute enough?



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  1. Lady à la Mode October 26, 2012

    How cute are these nails?! so fun for halloween… not too over the top or anything!


  2. rachel October 26, 2012

    these are sooo cute! what a unique way of doing them too. I’m definitely going to give these a go :) x

  3. EMA October 26, 2012

    Whoa those look so professional! And I like the technique you use because it seems pretty doable! I may have to try something like this!


  4. S from Le Fanciulle October 26, 2012

    hahah! That is genius!!

    Awesome job Maria!
    Steph xxx
    Le Fanciulle

  5. Tamsin Howse October 26, 2012

    I ADORE this and am going to steal it. But I wanted to clarify a couple of the steps:

    Did you stick them on and leave the tape on there or peel the tape off and the nail polish stayed? Did you draw on the tape on the side the polish was on or the other side? Did you put the polish on the sticky side or the non-sticky side?

    Sorry for so many questions!

  6. Kathy H October 27, 2012

    Love this Maria! The gif was a cute touch.

  7. Maria V October 27, 2012

    Thank you all lovelies for your kind words!

    @Tamsin – here are the answers:

    Put the white polish on the non-sticky side, leave it to dry (while you’re painting your nails)
    then draw skulls with a black pen/pencil (don’t use blue like I did – it was my mistake) on the tape on the side the polish was on
    then cut them out and stick them on leaving the tape on there

  8. Mica October 28, 2012

    Such cute nails! I like the idea of using tape rather than drawing directly on your nails – much neater that way! :)


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  10. The Dainty Dolls House October 29, 2012

    Those are fantastic, wonderful!! Always love your DIY’s :)) x

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  13. Lauren October 22, 2013

    Spooky: ) Love the GIF!

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