Mani Monday: Halloween Nails for Everyone, Including Kids and Non-Artists

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I’m not a nail artist, I’m a nail painter. You might be thinking “semantics,” but you’d be wrong. However, Caren P (above left) of ManisOnTheMove -- she's a nail artist. She has a gift and I do not. She also has three little girls and I do not. So, with this grand idea to do Halloween nails for everyone, and the knowledge I’d fall horrifically short on my own, I called Caren and enlisted her skills and all her little girls to help.

halloween nails for everyone_hannah

This is Hannah. She’s the youngest of the three girls and not only is it hard to get her to sit still long enough to do much with her nails, but as I mentioned earlier, I’m really not that good at nail art.

halloween nails for everyone 2 Avon n Kiss Nail Stickers

The perfect solution for both of us is nail stickers and thankfully, there are lots of them out there that fit all different shapes ’n sizes of nails.

Avon Candy Corn Stickers

Avon Candy Corn Stickers

We picked out some candy corn and I went to work.

Boo Nails

Boo Nails

After we peeled off the candy corn for something new, I decided to prove my total lack of nail-arting ability. Please enjoy the really bad ghost and boo I painted on Hannah. Sorry, Hannah. I tried!

halloween nails for everyone Autumn

Next up, we have the lovely Autumn – she’s VERY strong.

Kiss Nail Stickers

Kiss Nail Stickers

First we tried stickers...

Spider Nails

Spider Nails

...and then we decided peel the stickers off to let Caren get to work. She’s so good at arting. I am 100% envious. Look how black and purple = Halloween.

While Caren was painting spider art, I snagged Kyleigh and did some nail art I could handle.

halloween nails for everyone Kyleigh

This is Kyleigh. I gave her sugar. Big mistake.

Kyleigh is 12. Kyleigh has what she calls “lady hands.” Upon request, she came in the door wearing Red Carpet Gel Polish in White Hot on one hand and a bright hi-lighter yellow Quo by Orly Gel Polish on the other.

Bloodshot eyeball nails

Bloodshot eyeball nails

On the white hand, I made this. If I can make this, you can, too. I promise.

Halloween Ombre Nails

Halloween Ombre Nails

However, I cannot do this. This is Caren’s work. Using a combination of acrylic craft paint and regular polish, she did an ombre on top of the yellow gel, then used black polish to paint on the detail. I want to be Caren.

Seeing as I cannot be Caren, I did the next best thing and had her do some Halloween nails on me. Now look how many Halloween things can happen on a simple orange base coat. (Click on image below to enlarge it.)

Halloween Nails

Halloween Nails

Top left:FingerPaints Gel Polish in Rococo Orange. Top right: I made a badly painted house thing (or arrow thing – whatever).
Middle left: Caren made me some bats. Middle right: I put on a Halloween-cat Kiss nail sticker.
Bottom left: I painted on some OPI Black Shatter. Bottom right: Caren used Essie Twin Sweater Set to make some drippy blood nails. (Most people seem to do blood dripping toward the hand from the tips, but I like the idea that the blood is dripping from my cuticles. You?)

Easy Halloween Nails

Easy Halloween Nails

But that’s not the end. Nope. It’s not. The next day, I changed my gel polish and rolled with these two colours. On the top hand is Gelish Night Reflection and on the bottom is Nicole by OPI in A-Nise Treat. If you’re nail-art challenged, I think both shades are swell options for simple Halloween nails.

Easy Googly Eye Halloween Nails

Easy Googly Eye Halloween Nails

OR, you could invite Caren over without the kids and she can make more art! Like maybe some googly eyes?

Spiderweb Nails

Spiderweb Nails

Or a spider web?

Dracula nails

Dracula nails

Or my very favourite...

Dracula nails

Dracula nails

...Dracula nail!

I wore my Dracula to work that evening and people just loved it. I think in a couple weeks, I’m going to invite Caren back to give me 10 Dracula nails.

Caren P can be reached at ManisOnTheMove@gmail.com. If you’d like an in-home mani (soak-off gel or regular polish), shoot her an email to get a quote and/or make an appointment. She’ll come right to your kitchen table.

So, in these examples of Halloween nails for everyone, is one of them for you?

Some nail art ideas courtesy of Pinterest.
All manis and photos by Caren P & Karen F
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