Thursday, October 27, 2011

DIY Candy Corn Nails

Who doesn't LOVE Candy Corn?!

After checking out Marie Claire's new website, I noticed an interesting link under the Beauty section. The link, Simple Halloween DIY Nail Art Designs, brought me to a slideshow with step-by-step instructions of how to create three simple Halloween nail designs, including blood splattered, spider web, and candy corn designs.

While I was quickly obsessed with the grotesque blood splattered and intricate spider web designs, my favorite by far is the candy corn design. It should be noted that candy corn is the best non-chocolate candy in the world -- and that's not just my opinion. It's a fact.

Below are five steps (and a few pictures!) to help you recreate the design, all courtesy of Marie Claire!

And, if  you enjoy this tutorial, check out my other nail how-to: Jil Sander Inspired Nails.

Step One: Apply a base coat and two very thin layers of white nail polish. You want the white polish to be completely opaque. Try A-ha Moment! from Sephora by OPI ($9.50)

Step Two: When the white nail polish is completely dry, apply two coats of a bright orange shade to the top 2/3 of each nail. For best results, apply thick enough to assure that the shade is totally opaque. Wait approximately five minutes for the polish to be completely dry. I suggest using Hi Def from Sephora by OPI ($9.50).

Step Three: Wait five minutes for the orange polish to dry. Then, paint the top 1/3 of each nail with a layer of yellow polish. The shade you choose should be a bright, opaque color, like Cab Fare from Sephora by OPI ($9.50).

Step Four: This step is totally optional. If you'd like to add more shine to the bold design -- or conceal any errors! -- try adding a coat of glitter. I suggest Don't be Eggnogious (copper sparkle) or Spark-tacular! (rainbow glitter, which also acts as a topcoat), both by Sephora by OPI.

Step Five: Don't forget to add a topcoat after your design is complete -- you want to protect it as much as possible. If your glitter polish acts as a topcoat, this step can be omitted. If not, try out Topcoat from Sephora by OPI.


  1. I love it!

  2. Love the nails! Candy corn is my all-time favorite Halloween candy.

  3. Pretty!! nicely done..Ive seen some sloppy DIY nail designs, including on myself lol

  4. I love this- gonna try it soon!! Thank you for the tutorial
    Come follow my blog darling! xx

  5. Hi Mallory! Thank you for sharing the candy corn nails tutorial! I think I may have to give this a try as it is my first year not dressing up for halloween! I just came across your blog and definitely love your posts as well as your writing! I am following via GFC and look forward to your next post! Hope you'll stop by and say hi ;)

  6. SO glad you found my blog and are following. Definitely following you back! :) I love the candy corn nails! I am soo in love with nail art. great post!

  7. love your blog... beautiful pictures and very inspiring. i'm happy to follow here ;-)

  8. Ah these nails are cute! Love your blog, would you like to follow each other? x

  9. I wish i had the patience for cute! I'm following you!

    Aesthetic Lounge

  10. like you i was also intrigues with the idea of the blood spattered nails idea...this looks cool..going to check out your other tutorial now..have a spooky halloween :)

  11. love the nails!! this is so great ! :)


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