There are two types of people in this world: those who plan their Halloween costumes while summer is still in full swing, and those who have to physically fight for that last pair of sparkly black cat ears at Party City on October 30th. Most celebrities seem to fall in the former category. Maybe it's the unfettered access to custom costumes, but no matter why stars go all-out for the holiday, thank goodness they do — scrolling through celebrity costumes is the most fun thing about November 1. But even among costumes, nothing can touch the creativity of celebrity Halloween nails.
Regardless of if they’re a finishing touch on an actual, head-to-toe costume or just a low-key spooky season motif, you’re hard-pressed to find better holiday for elaborate manicures than Halloween. To provide a little mid-month inspiration, TZR is gathering up some of the all-time best celebrity Halloween nails, straight from the elite manicurists and nail artists who made them happen. Regardless of if you’re after just a touch of Halloween like Kendall Jenner’s orange-tipped nails or some scary-chic glamour like Megan Thee Stallion’s rhinestone spider manicure, there’s endless inspiration from your favorite stars.
Megan Thee Stallion
Call it the ultimate Halloween manicure. Megan Thee Stallion’s spider nails are at once totally opulent thanks to the carefully-placed rhinestones and downright scary — the arachnids are so detailed, you almost expect them to start wiggling.
The Coachella queen herself always loves a theme, especially when it’s deep, moody, and more than a little spooky. Vanessa Hudgens’ ombré bone nails are scarily good — and even glow in the dark.
Who says Halloween nails have to be dark and spooky? Kourtney Kardashian’s angel costume — the entire family matched that evening — is complete with a heavenly white manicure to match.
To play off the fiery, cartoon-chic shade of red found in her naughty nurse costume and matching waist-length wig, Cardi B and expert nail artist Jenny Bui settled on this Swarovski crystal-studded manicure in a captivating royal blue.
Simple touches can make a huge statement, and no one knows that better than Kendall Jenner. Her mix of orange French tips, solid orange nails, and negative space tips fit the month’s vibe without necessarily screaming Halloween.
As part of the promotional work for her Smile album, Katy Perry put a wildly glamorous spin on the classic clown look thanks to sky-blue makeup, drawn-on brows, and a constellation of reflective scales fixed to her nails. The shimmery look comes courtesy of Kim Truong, Perry’s go-to nail artist.
Tia Mowry, who is already a Halloween icon for Twitches, opted for a glitter-soaked candy corn gel manicure, complete with solid orange accent pointer fingers. It’s the kind of subtly on-theme nail art that blends in with everyday outfits but still pulls plenty of double-takes.
In another highly versatile Halloween nail art moment, Christina Aguilera’s blood-drip French manicure, designed by Kim Truong, saw the popstar through several Halloween festivities — including her glitter-accented glam clown costume. If you can’t commit to full-on Halloween nail art, these subtly spooky tips are a perfect touch.
Ciara (As Megan Thee Stallion)
Despite a whopping four Halloween costumes all dedicated to iconic Black female music stars (Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Janet Jackson), Ciara switched up her nails to match all of them. For her recreation of Megan’s Girls In The Hood cover, she teamed up with celebrity nail artist Miho Okawara for a set of baby pink tips all adorned with tiny chain links.
Bella Hadid could have gone for some over-the-top design to match her sexy prehistoric Halloween costume, but she opted for pure sleekness instead. These glossy black almond-shaped nails are both ideal for the costume and just witchy enough for an everyday infusion of the Halloween spirit.
Even in the Great Halloween Content Drought of 2020, Kim Kardashian managed to deliver — she’s Kim K, what would you expect? Playing homage to the year’s biggest TV show, Kim Truong designed a set of intricate leopard-print falsies for a pitch-perfect Carole Baskin recreation.
Lizzo never does anything halfway, and that includes her yearly series of ultra-elaborate Halloween costumes. While her Baby Yoda nails are more alien claws than typical manicure, the length, shape, and shimmery gold finish are too cool to resist.
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