Black Cat Nails Are a Fun Twist On a French Mani — & Purrrfect for Halloween

Aug 31, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. ET
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We love Halloween, but if we're being honest, we're not so in love with how complicated finding a costume can get. Not to mention the fact that Halloween costumes can start looking really tacky in a heartbeat.

That's why we are pretty much swooning over these black cat nails. They're clean, chic and not complicated at all. They're just an adorable twist on a classic french manicure. And they're also the perfect complement to a black cat costume, if you like to keep things simple. Just follow this amazingly easy tutorial, throw on a black dress and some ears and you are good to go.

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Supplies

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  • 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.

Onyx feline- Step 1: Base
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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.

Onxy Feline Step 2: Second coat
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Onxy Feline Step 2: Second coat 2
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Onxy Feline Step 2: Second coat 3
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Step 3: Get catty

Using the small paintbrush, paint two triangular ears.

Onyx Feline Step 3: Get catty
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Step 4: Face on

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

Onyx Feline Step 4: Face on
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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.

Step 5: Tips 1
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Onyx Feline Step 5: Tips 2
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Step 6: Top coat

Finish with clear top coat.

Onyx Feline Step 6: Top coat
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Give it a go and let us know how it turns out in the comments below!

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Originally published October 2015. Updated August 2017.

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