Tutorial: Two Simple Halloween Gel Nail Ideas

Give yourself an eerily awesome gel nail makeover this Halloween, with these two easy tutorials. We've got two looks for you to try. 

Watch the video, or follow our step-by-step guide below. If you love gel nail polish but haven't yet tried nail art, now's the time, as we guide you through the process.

Watch the video

See how both looks are achieved with this step-by-step gel nail art tutorial. 

Look 1

Gothic meets glam with this dark and sparkly manicure. 

What you'll need: 

A black and a glittery gel nail polish. For this, we’ve used Midnight Rendezvous and Over the Rainbow

Nail shields

A base and top coat

LED lamp

Cleanser

How To Guide: 

Follow our step-by-step tutorial below: 

Step 1: Prepare your nails

Use the SensatioNail file (available in our starter kits) to shape your nails, then gently buff them to remove any shine from the natural nail. 

Use the cuticle stick provided to gently push back your cuticles. Cleanse your nails using the lint-free wipes and Gel Cleanser. These items are available in our Starter Kits, or separately. 

Finally, apply the Gel Primer to your nail. TOP TIP: apply primer based on your nail type. Do you have normal/dry nails? Apply primer only on the tip and around the edges of your nail. Oily nails? Apply primer as you would nail polish, across the full nail. Leave this to air dry for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Apply the nail shields

Nail shields are the ideal way to keep your natural nails protected, and make removal a piece of cake. When choosing a nail shield, select one that is just a bit smaller than your nail. 

To apply, press the shield down from the cuticle to the centre of the nail. Then press down on each side of the nail in an outward motion, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. 

Remember not to let the shield touch your cuticle.

Step 3: Paint your nails

Apply one coat of Midnight Rendezvous, straight onto the shield. Cure this for 30 seconds. Apply a second coat, capping the free edge. Cure these for 30 seconds

TOP TIP: Ensure you ‘cap’ the end of your nail by tracing the brush along the tip of your nail.

Step 4: Add that glitz

Apply a thin coat of Over the Rainbow to the index, middle and little finger.

Apply a thicker coat to the ring finger and thumb, building more intense glitter at the tips. Cure for 30 seconds.

Apply a second glitter coat to the ring finger and thumb. Cure for 30 seconds. 

 

Step 5: Finishing touches

Apply Gel base/top coat, cure for 15-30 seconds. Cleanse away the tacky layer using your cleanser and lint free wipes.

Look 2

And now for something really spooky: a dripping blood nail art manicure. 

What you'll need: 

A red and a nude gel nail polish. For this we've used Sugar Plum and Nude Mood

A base and top coat

Fine nail art brush

LED lamp

Cleanser

How To Guide: 

Follow our step-by-step tutorial below: 

Step 1: Prepare your nails

Use the SensatioNail file (available in our starter kits) to shape your nails, then gently buff them to remove any shine from the natural nail. 

Use the cuticle stick provided to gently push back your cuticles. Cleanse your nails using the lint-free wipes and Gel Cleanser. These items are available in our Starter Kits, or separately. 

Finally, apply the Gel Primer to your nail. TOP TIP: apply primer based on your nail type. Do you have normal/dry nails? Apply primer only on the tip and around the edges of your nail. Oily nails? Apply primer as you would nail polish, across the full nail. Leave this to air dry for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Apply the nail shields

Size and apply peel off nail shields.

Press the shield down from the cuticle to the centre of the nail. Then press down on each side of the nail in an outward motion, smoothing out any bubbles as you go.  

TOP TIP: Select a shield which is just a little bit smaller than your nail, remember not to let the shield touch your cuticle.

Step 3: Paint your nails

Apply one coat of Sugar Plum, straight onto the shield on the index, middle and little finger. Apply one coat of Nude Mood to the ring finger and thumb.

TOP TIP: Ensure you ‘cap’ the end of your nail by tracing the brush along the tip of your nail. Cure for 30 seconds. Apply a second coat, capping the free edge Cure these for 30 seconds

Step 4: Dripping in blood

To the ring finger and thumb, apply Sugar Plum at the nail tip and brush around half way up the nail at different points.

Extend with a fine nail art brush. Cure for 30 seconds. Apply a second coat of Sugar Plum, using the same method. Cure for 30 seconds.

 

Step 5: Finishing touches

Apply Gel base/top coat, cure for 15-30 seconds. Cleanse away the tacky layer using your cleanser and lint free wipes.