Something wicked this way comes. And yes, this in reference to the impending Halloween festivities sure to descend in the month of October; a celebration of the faithfully departed which, naturally, extends to an appreciation for all things creepy, crawly, and supernatural. As you begin the arduous process of picking out a costume, however, let’s not forget an instrumental accessory to your ensemble: a set of nails that conveys just the right amount of whimsy, spookiness, and camp. Thankfully, our favourite artists and creatives have delivered with a multitude of interpretations ranging from zany and intriguing to macabre and ghoulish. In fact, this year’s Halloween-inspired manicures don’t just stop at conventional motifs of black cats and pumpkins, but rather, features autumnal hues, jelly textures, mismatched elements, and more.
For purists, look to razor-sharp talons incorporating gothic elements in the vein of chrome detailing and ruby-red gems. The spring/summer 2024 runway is a goldmine of inspiration, with fashion houses such as Private Policy, Philipp Pleinn, and Grace Ling leading the charge. As for those who prefer shorter lengths, indulge in rich, earthy hues that contain hints of whimsy in the form of gradients, unique adornments, and more. No matter the need, trust that Vogue Singapore is here to provide with an extensive range of Halloween-inspired manicures sure to impress. Spy them all, below—and be sure to get your go-to manicurist on it, stat.
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Goth and gore
Spice up blood red nails by pairing it with high-shine, metallic elements in unique configurations. This set by @77k.studio purposefully plays with line intensity and texture to provide a stunning visual feast.
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Spooky season means foregoing bold trappings such as tiger stripes and cheetah prints for something subtle—yet seductive—in nature. Take a leaf from fashion label Laruicci, who sent their models down the runway in python-printed talons with a 3D touch.
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Yes, photoluminescent nails are a thing now. This iteration from Private Policy’s spring/summer 2024 show grants full-black manicures a charming, nostalgic touch that calls back to popular glow-in-the-dark accessories from the ‘90s.
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Lethal-looking nails are the only option for anyone looking to transform themselves into beastly and bold entities. Singaporean designer, Grace Ling, takes it a step further at her spring/summer 2024 presentation with exaggerated lengths.
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Mismatched nails are a surefire way to steal the show, especially when it is paired with aura accents—2023’s take on hazy, dream digits that comprise blurred orbs of colour that blend seamlessly into a standout shade.
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Pumpkin spice latté
Pay tribute to this warm, spicy fall beverage with an ombré design that delightfully amalgamates a bright statement hue with deep, earthy undertones.
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Cutesy and kitsch
If Barbiecore is more your speed, give pastel hues and playful nail art a whirl. @pop_polished marries swirls with cosmic symbols to give ghouls a whimsical, charming edge.
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An unexpected pop of colour to an otherwise moody gradient nail is guaranteed to draw the eye. @nailsbynanako further elevates the look with gritty silver charms.
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It’s all in the details. A monochromatic palette is made interesting when audacious linework and a matte, powdery texture comes into play.
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Bones and all
Horror movie junkies, this one is for you. Commemorate your favourite scream queen—or villain—with a mini portrait rendering on your talons.