From witches to vampires and ghosts to pumpkins, Halloween is a great occasion to use your creativity and really show off your make-up and beauty skills. And, since we all need help from time to time, we thought we would give you a few tips to nail your Halloween look!

Bloody Claw Nails

Step 1: Clear the base

Let’s start right! Clean your hands, push the cuticles back and buff your nails lightly.

(If you prefer to do this nail art without acrylic extensions, then skip to step 5)

Step 2: The extension

Make sure to choose the right size of extension. It may sound silly, but your fingers are different sizes and you don’t want to have an extension that only covers half of your nail…

Step 3: Stick them on!

Apply the glue to the surface of your nail, and stick on your extensions. Once done, buff again to prepare the surface for paint.

Step 4: Acrylic time

Apply the acrylic from the ‘cuticle’ to the bottom edge of your nail (free edge).

Step 5: Let’s paint!

Apply black nail polish, let it dry and use a matt top coat. From a shiny black, you will have a deep, matt black.

Step 6: Bloody Red

Take the deepest red you can find and start playing around. The best thing to use is a dotting tool or a pick & place tool, alternatively, a toothpick, pencil tip or stick will work perfectly. Create drops with the nail polish and stretch them out, to draw out bloody lines. Do as many as you wish – the only thing holding you back is your imagination.

Step 7: Final touch

For a nice last touch, apply some red polish on your fingers. It will look even deadlier!

To learn more about make-up and nail art, and to explore various aspects of the Beauty Industry in the UK, you can apply to Discover Beauty by Free2Learn. We currently offer City & Guilds Level 2 Technical Certificate in Nail Technology or Make-up. Our courses are free and fully funded and take place at our London branch.

The Murderous Mime Artist

Step 1: Clean your face

Remove all the makeup you may have, hydrate and you’re ready to go!

Step 2: White it up

For a deep white face, it’s best to use face paint. Apply it using a brush or a sponge, and add as many layers as needed to cover your entire face.

Step 3: Back to Black

For a deep black look, use face paint. Using a small brush, draw thick eyebrows then move to the eyes and finish with the lips.

(Small tip for the eye: apply black eyeshadow over the black paint to make it look less neat and messier)

Step 4: Deadly Red

Time to play around! Using a very small brush apply some fake blood, then draw some lines below your eyes and at the corner of your lips. You can add as much as you wish. Again, the sky is your limit!

Step 5: Final touch

For an even deadlier look, buy some grey and black hairspray and apply it to your hair. We promise you’ll notice the difference!