Ghostly nail art tutorial creates abstract Halloween look you'll love

Oct 27, 2015 at 1:19 p.m. ET
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These marbled nails bring to mind spooky spirits while giving a subtle nod to Halloween.

How to: Marbled spirit Halloween nails

Ghostly spirit nails
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Supplies:

  • Square Hue's Lincoln Road
  • Orly's White Tips
  • China Glaze's Liquid Leather
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic cup full of lukewarm water
  • Note:  For the white version, we swapped out the black for OPI's Kyoto Pearl

Instructions:


1. Foundation

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Start with a white base coat. This makes the colors stand out more than on a clean nail. You can apply some lotion or Vaseline to your fingertips for easier cleanup afterward. Just make sure not to get lotion on your nail.

2. Drop and swirl

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Add a drop of black polish to the water. Don't drop it in from too much of a distance because it will fall fast and sink to the bottom. Add a drop of the gray and then the white, alternating as much as you wish. Working quickly before it dries, take a toothpick and draw some swirls to make a pattern.

3. Dip

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More: Adorable ghost nails that make spooky faces look cute

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Choose which part of the design you want on your nail and dip your nail in parallel to the water. Take it out, and if your polish stayed in place, do more fingers. Repeat this process until all nails are done.

4. Cleanup

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Taking a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover, remove the extra nail polish on your fingertips. Finish with a top coat.

Version 2: White

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You can try swapping the black for another pale color like pearl for a more ghostly look.

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