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Nail Art How-to: Candy Corn & Jack-o’-Lantern Manicure


Jack o lanterns
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So every time a holiday rolls around, I always tell everyone it’s my favorite one. That said, this may actually be the case for October 31st, also known as All Hallow’s Eve or, you know, Halloween.

Obviously, I would never pass up an opportunity to sport a festive manicure, so I knew that I would have a lot of fun with a Halloween-themed nail art tutorial. I did a little twist on the popular candy corn manicure, incorporating jack-o-lantern faces into the design. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need

For this manicure, you will need orange, yellow, white, and black polishes, as well as a nail art brush.

Step by Step Halloween Nails

I absolutely love pumpkin carving – it’s probably my favorite Halloween activity (aside from dressing up, obviously). So I knew I would be paying homage to jack-o-lanterns with my manicure.

I decided that a spooky face would make the perfect accent nail, so I decided to use my thumb as the ‘pumpkin’ (although another nail would work too, if you so desired). First, I painted the whole nail orange:

orange nail

Next, using my detail brush, I painted two black triangle eyes on my pumpkin thumb. I then added a typical jack-o-lantern grin, with some missing gaps for teeth. Feel free to get creative with your faces, though!

Jack-o-lantern nail

As a final touch, I added a little upside-down triangle for the nose.

Halloween pumpkin jack-o-lantern nail

As for the other fingers, I wanted to incorporate a major theme of the holiday: candy, of course. Candy corn is not only Halloween’s most recognizable candy, but it also has a great color scheme that’s ideal for a manicure.

To start, I painted the bottom portion of my nail yellow with the detail brush, although if you have a steady hand, you could probably also manage this with your standard nail polish brush. (If you want to get ultra precise, you could tape off the sections for perfect lines.) Next, I painted an orange stripe on top of the yellow:

Candy corn nail art

Finally, I topped off the nail with a white strip, and repeated the candy corn design on the rest of my nails.

And there you have it! A cute manicure that is sure to make you the life of the Halloween party.

Halloween nail art: Candy corn and jack-o-lantern

What do you think?

What are your thoughts on this manicure? Do you think you’d try it out? What are your favorite types of Halloween candy? What do you look forward to most about Halloween? As always, let me know what you think in the comments!

Posted on on October 18, 2012 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , ,

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7 Responses to “Nail Art How-to: Candy Corn & Jack-o’-Lantern Manicure”

  1. 1
    October 18th, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    I love that orange nail polish color in the first picture! What brand is it?

  2. 2
    October 18th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    The brand of that nail polish is called Nicka K, and the color is ‘Vibrant Orange.’ I’ve only ever seen it in sort of random bodegas, but you can check out their website here: I really like their polishes and actually use them in a lot of my tutorials!

  3. 3
    October 18th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This is probably my favorite one so far! I really like how the yellow is more orange tinted than neon like a lot of yellow polish I see. What kind did you use for the yellow?

  4. 4
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    The yellow is the Milani nail art shade “Yellow Design.” Glad you liked it!

  5. 5
    October 18th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    so cute! I love nail art!

  6. 6
    October 19th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Cute! this is really well done :)

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