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Ghosts | Nail Art Tutorial


Ghosts | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this ghost nail look? Follow our 6 step nail art tutorial below!

The products we used to create this look:

Nail polishes and nail art tools

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Nail Varnish – Olivia Hale – Violet Shadow
3. French Manicure Long Lasting – Collection – French White
4. Lasting Gel Nail Colour – Collection – Blackjack
5. Dotting Tool
6. Dotting Tool

Would you like this design painted on false nails for you?

If you can’t find this look with our other false nail sets that are available to buy, please contact me and I will happily sort it out for you!

Now lets show you how we created this look!


First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail polish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail polish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and shape them to how you want them with your file. If you want make your nails appear longer you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail polish much smoother. We used the Natural Collection, Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.


Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to go with a  really pretty dark purple colour. Purple is one of the many colours that are associated with Halloween so it’s fits in perfectly, as well as making the ghosts stand out more. We applied 2 coats of the nail polish in the colour Violet Shadow (2) as this made sure the nail was covered well. We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry!

halloween ghost nail artSTEP 3

Once the purple nail polish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating the ghosts! We decided to paint the ghosts on every nail apart from the ring finger, as we’re going to add something else to that nail later. To do this, we used the thicker dotting tool (6) with the nail polish in the colour French White (3) – we started with creating an outline for the body so we could shape them how we wanted to, and then added the little arms to them. We do recommend you use the dotting tool over a brush as this makes it easier shape them!

halloween ghost nailsSTEP 4

Once you are happy with where you have placed your spooky ghosts, it’s time to go over them a little. As you can see in step 3, the purple colour can still slightly be seen through the white. If this happens to you too, all you need to do is wait for the nail polish to dry and then reapply some over the top. As you can see in the picture, doing this really makes them stand out!

ghost nail art halloweenSTEP 5

To add a little bit extra to this look, we decided to have a little fun and write BOO! on the ring finger nail. To do this we used the thinner dotting tool (5) with the nail polish in the colour French White (3).

cute ghost nailsSTEP 6

After you have finished adding BOO! it’s time to add some facial features onto the ghosts. This is the final touch to create this perfect Halloween nail look! We used the thin dotting tool (5) to add 2 little eyes first of all and then a little mouth with the nail polish in the colour Blackjack. Once this was dry, we then applied a top coat as this creates a barrier to help prevent chipping and gives your nails a lovely shine. The final touch to finish this look!

And that’s it! It’s a great nail look that you can create for Halloween!

🎃 If you like this nail art, click here to check out our other Halloween nail designs! 🎃

ghost nail art

Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram @creativenailsuk!

Don’t forget to check out our shop – we have a number of gorgeous false nails that are for sale now!

Also – if you are unable to find what you are looking for through my shop or from a design in my nail art tutorials, please do not hesitate to get in touch! I am more than happy to do custom designs.

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(20) Comments

  1. This is lovely! I love how your nails turned out! (:

    Single Vegas Girl

    1. Thank you so much. I really loved this nail look too, it’s pretty cute! Also isn’t difficult to re-create by following our guide 🙂

  2. Wow – these are super cute! As a musician it probably wouldn’t work on my nails, but I’ll have to recommend this to my friend (she’s absolutely obsessed with nail art) – great tutorial ☺️ x

    1. Haha, yeah – you could always try and see how it goes 😛 Aw, thank you – that would be great! We’d love to know what she thinks of these tutorials 🙂

    1. Thank you – they are pretty cute, right! 🙂

      1. Aww, my heart eyes smiley didn’t show up.
        I’m rubbish at nails, so I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog for hints and tips. 🙂 x

        1. Aww, yeah some emoji’s work but some don’t seem to! 🙁

          Aw, well we all have to start somewhere – just need to practice and have quite a bit of patience haha. I wasn’t the greatest when I first started 😛 Yeah, definitely – keep an eye out! We’ll be looking at making posts on topics like that next, just currently working on creating some Christmas themed nail art looks that we should be posting soon 🙂

  3. Love the nails very cute, thanks for sharing how to get the look, no good for me as I am a little clumsy.

    1. Thank you. Maybe you could try something simple to begin with and see how it goes 🙂 you may surprise yourself!

  4. These looks amazing, I so want to try these out one day,

    1. Thank you – we’d love to see it if when you do try these out 🙂

  5. These are super cute! Definitely keeping a mental note to copy you next Halloween!x

    1. Haha, thank you! Definitely, you’ll have to show us too! 🙂

  6. These are super cute! Wish I could do something like this but I shake too much :’)

    1. Thank you! My sister shakes a little – she just has to be a bit more patient when doing it. You could always just try something simple if you wanted to give it a shot!

  7. Your nails look fantastic! I am loving the design! You are so talented! I’ll never be able to achieve such a result by myself ahah

    1. Thank you so much! That is very kind of you 🙂 Haha, well you don’t have to do it on your own nails – you can always do it with your friends too!

  8. Absolutely loveeeee the way the nails turned out but I cannot deal with the spiders you put in the photos, even if they are fake LOL! I know it’s pathetic but ewwww they’re horrible! Lmaoooo!

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Hahaha, I don’t blame you – I hate spiders myself so it was a struggle to use them! The things we have to do to try take nice themed pictures!

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