A Spooktacular Halloween Nail Art Tutorial

A mummy-inspired mani courtesy of Madeline Poole.

By: Alicia Cesaro

When we’re in need of new nail ideas—whether it’s a nail art tutorial that perfectly matches our outfit, or a new shade of red—we hit up Madeline Poole for DIY tips and inspiration. So with Halloween coming up, we knew we had to ask for her take on spooky nails (i.e., more than just a couple coats of dark purple polish). Per usual, the manicurist did us one better and dreamt up a mummified nail look that’s perfect for both kinds of people—those who tend to keep Halloween more low-key (as in, your nails are the costume), and those who go all out every year. Read on for the mummy manicure step-by-step, and then prepare yourself for an onslaught of compliments.



You’ll Need:

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Blacky-O
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat
striping brush




1. Apply two coats of Blacky-O to clean, dry nails for an opaque coverage.

2. Use a striping brush to paint semicircle shapes on some of the nails in Get Mod. These will be the eyes of the mummy character. Apply a dot in Blacky-O in the center-top of the semicircle shapes for the eye pupils.

3. Paint diagonal lines around the eye shapes using the striping brush. These are meant to look like strips of mummy gauze, so they should feel randomly placed. Continue this process until you have a good balance of black and white.

4. Finish with a coat of Miracle Gel Top Coat.