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An Adorable Skeleton Mani Is Yours With This Halloween Nail Design Tutorial

We’re all about Halloween nail art, but it’s not like we want dark black nails all October long. So what are you supposed to do when you totally want to keep your manicure in the spirit of Halloween, but also want to avoid dark colors, fake blood and glow-in-the-dark designs? You make a cute rib-cage design with a tiny pink heart, that’s what you do.

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Try this lighthearted and understated design on your nails for Halloween — your friends will die of cuteness overload.


Ribcage Halloween nail design: Supplies
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  • Essie’s Blanc
  • Essie’s Lovie Dovie
  • SquareHue’s Lincoln Road
  • Small brush
  • Dotting tool


Step 1:

Ribcage Halloween nail design: Step 1
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Begin with a gray base coat.

Step 2:

Ribcage Halloween nail design: Step 2
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Using the small brush, paint a white stripe down the center of the nail. Then make a swooped line off either side of the center line, coming up a bit toward the side of your nail. This is your “rib.” Continue making these lines all the way down the nail. Repeat for each nail and let dry.

Step 3:

Ribcage Halloween nail design: Step 3
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Using the dotting tool, make three pink dots in a triangle just to the right of the “spine” on your ring finger. Fill in the rest of the heart shape with either the dotting tool or the small brush. Let dry and follow with a top coat.

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

Ribcage Halloween nail design: Finished
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Originally published October 2015. Updated September 2017.

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