A Simple Glowing Cat Eye Mani Just in Time for Halloween

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Naked nails have their time and place, but Halloween is the time of year to really amp up your mani factor. A super complex design is always fun, but we understand that sometimes that even the most skilled artists are strapped for time.

That’s where this super simple glowing cat eye manicure — the perfect blend of spooky and adorable — comes into play. It’s definitely one of those “impress ’em!” manis that takes maybe 20 minutes tops to complete.


What You Need:

  • Black nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Neon green nail polish
  • Neon yellow nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Holographic glitter top coat (optional)
  • Nail art paint brush

Step 1: Paint Nails Black

After applying a base coat, paint each of your nails black. Depending on the opacity of your polish, you may want to do two coats. Allow the paint to dry for about five to 10 minutes before moving on.


Step 2: Paint White Eyes

Using a delicate hand and a tiny nail art brush, paint two angled “tear drop” shapes on side-by-side nails. The white will really help create that “glowing” illusion.


Step 3: Paint Green and Yellow

Using your same nail art brush, outline the white eyes with your neon green polish. Immediately fill in the center of the eyes with your neon yellow nail polish, blending the two colors into each other as best as you can. I’m using Sinful Colors Professional polish in “Neon Melon” and Models Own polish in “Toxic Apple.”


Step 4: Pupils and a Top Coat

Finally, create a vertical line on each eye with black polish and your nail art brush. Finish with a thick top coat. If you want, you can use a holographic glitter top coat on the remaining nails, or even your eye nails, for an extra bit of depth. I’m using INM “Northern Lights.”



A Simple Cat Eye Manicure For Halloween

on 10/09/2014

About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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