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Black cat nails are a fun twist on a french mani — and purrrfect for Halloween

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume

Are you always running around last minute in search of that perfect Halloween costume? Look no further than our adorable twist on a french manicure. Inspired by Charlotte Olympia's wildly popular feline flats, these black cat Halloween-appropriate nails appeal to fashion and cat-lovers. Just throw on some ears and a tail, and your Oct. 31 party ensemble is complete.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows, Graphic: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows

Supplies

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows
  • China Glaze's Liquid Leather
  • Spa Ritual's Joy
  • Orly's White Tips (not pictured)
  • small paint brush
  • nail tip stickers

Directions

Step 1: Base

Start with a nude base coat. We used one that has a subtle sparkle.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/Sheknows

Step 2: Second coat

Take one of the rounded nail tip stickers and place across the top part of your thumbnail. Paint the bottom part of your nail black and peel off the sticker.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Step 3: Get catty

Using the small paintbrush, paint two triangular ears.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Step 4: Face on

Once the black polish is dry, add the face details with white polish and the small paint brush.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Step 5: Tips

Place a nail tip sticker near the tip of the rest of your nails and paint black. Remove the sticker, and wait for everything to dry.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Step 6: Top coat

Finish with clear top coat.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Kara Ashley Endres/SheKnows

Give it a go and let us know how it turns out in the comments below!

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Our black cat nail tutorial is the perfect way to top off this year's Halloween costume
Image: Hero Images/Getty Images

Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Oct. 2016.

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