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A Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Nail Design Anyone Can Do

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...

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic

Halloween really is the best time of year for nail art lovers. We're totally down to go crazy with our nail creations year-round, but when October hits, the possibilities are really endless. I mean, it's kinda hard to pull off Halloween-esque pumpkin or monster nails in July. But then again, this glow-in-the-dark Halloween design is pretty sleek and chic — we probably wouldn't even mind wearing it into November.

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

The glowy eyes in this nail art give it that special Halloween touch. These nails are perfect if you're looking for a last minute costume, too. Just throw on an all black outfit, and you're good to go!

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Supplies:

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

  • Small brush
  • China Glaze's Liquid Leather
  • Essie's Blanc
  • Sinful Colors' Innocent
  • Glow-in-the-dark polish

Directions:

Step 1

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Begin with 2 coats of black for a super-dark base.

Step 2

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Using the small brush, paint on a variety of eye shapes with the white polish.

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Step 3

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Wait for the white polish to dry, then follow up with a coat of green over the white area and let dry.


Step 4

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Paint 2 coats of glow-in-the-dark polish on the eyes, waiting for the first coat to dry before applying the second.

Step 5

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Using the black polish, paint the pupils on each of the eyes. Some you can make look scary by painting them at the top of the eye, others you can turn into cat eyes by painting a slit down the center, or you can make them look like they're spooked by something off to the side by painting the pupils on the left side of the eyes.

Step 6

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

After they dry completely, finish with a top coat. Now the fun begins: testing out how they look in the dark! Expose them to a bright light for a minute and then turn out the lights and see the eyes glow!

This simple Halloween nail art DIY is spooky, yet chic
Image: Yvonna Groom/Sheknows

Originally posted October 2015. Updated August 2017.

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