DIY Spooky Ghost Nails Halloween Manicure

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I thought I’d do one more Halloween manicure, for the actual day {TODAY!} Since I’m not sure I’ll be dressing up in costume, I wanted to have a little spooky spirit anyway. And nail art is the easiest way to keep the spirit and holiday festive feeling while being totally lazy on every other level, right?

So I came up with these spooky ghosts kind of by accident. My original thought was that just of ghosts, but when I decided to use a Sharpie instead of black nail polish and then it ran and went from cute to ghoulish with a brushstroke I LOVED THE RESULT! So here’s how I did it…
 

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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* White Nail Polish
* Matte top coat {I used Essie Matte About You}
* Fine black Sharpie marker

 

Steps…

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* Give yourself a two-coat white manicure.

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* Using your Sharpie marker, draw on ghostly eyes and an open mouth to one nail at a time.

NOTE: I didn’t wait until my nails were quite dry to do this step, so I ended up dotting the design more than drawing, but I liked the way it turned out so I continued this way. If you wait until your two coats are dry, you can actually just draw on your eyes and mouth easily.

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* While your marker face is still wet, apply a coat of your Matte Finisher and make sure you drag it over the face to create the shadowed look. Some worked on the first stroke and some took three.

Notice that when you apply your marker, it is black, but the matte top coat makes it purple.

Apply a second coat of Matte finisher and call it a day OR if you’d prefer them glossy, add your favorite gloss top coat {but the matte looks really great in person!}

 

Voila!

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They’re difficult to photograph, especially far away… a bit streakier in person with no magenta {only deep purple} as the photo may show.

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Have a Fun, Safe, & Happy Halloween!

More Halloween nails and nail art inspiration…
* Glam Halloween Nails | Gold Spiders & Webs
* BLACK, COPPER, & SILVER METALLIC SEISMOGRAPH NAILS
* HALLOWEEN NAILS, NAIL ART, & MANICURE INSPIRATION & IDEAS
 

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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