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Creepy Cracking Halloween Nails

Need a different look for this year's Halloween nails? Want to venture away from blood and creepy crawlies? How about these cracked tombstone Halloween nails? To the naked eye, these look almost as horrific as they sound, but creating them is anything but.

Most Halloween nail looks fall into one of two camps: cutesy or gory. If you're looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit without grossing out your coworkers or dressing up your nails with juvenile pumpkins and ghosts, this is the nail look for you! These cracked tombstone-inspired nails are easy to do with a little patience, and you really can't mess them up.

To get started, gather your supplies. You'll need an itty-bitty brush for this look, like the long skinny striper brushes in this set. The finer the lines, the better! Spindly lines look like spider veins ... what could be creepier? As with all nail art, be sure you start with a base coat. You'll also need a gray nail polish (I used Zoya "Carey"), a black polish, and a top coat to seal the finished design.

1. Polish your nails with two coats of your tombstone color. Then, using black polish and your tiny detailing brush, create a jagged frame in one corner of your nail. The best way to do this is to paint a small line, lift your brush, and paint another small line connected to the first, going in a different direction. Then your lines will remain crisp and sharp.

2. Fill in your outline with black polish. You want it to be solid but not so thick that it looks lumpy or takes forever to dry, so apply thin coats and build them up.

3. Add lines coming off the "hole" you made on your nail. I like to add lines on the pieces of the hole that are jutting out.

4. Finally, add smaller spindly lines coming off the main lines. Be sporadic with your placement since cracks aren't uniform. Finish off your design with a top coat to seal the look.

Feeling confident with your design skills? How about adding a few wispy pieces of green grass at the base of the nail and the letters "R.I.P." for a dead-on look. Happy Halloween!

For more amazing nail art looks by Katy, check out her blog Nailed It!

Katy Parsons

Katy is a budding nail technician with a fervor for striking, original nail art and a passion for polish. Her bold designs are created in Boulder, Colorado, but through her tutorials and inspirational designs, she's spreading the joy of nail art to lacquer lovers everywhere!

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