The Nightmare Before Christmas

Paint Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Nail Art

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Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect Halloween movie. We watch it every year just to get into the spirit! This time, though-- my daughter and I are painting our nails with Jack Skellington and the rest of the crew while we enjoy the movie, and with this easy Nightmare Before Christmas inspired Nail Art Tutorial, you can do it, too!

What you'll need

  • White Nail Polish
  • Navy Blue Nail Polish
  • Black Nail Polish
  • Light Blue Nail Polish
  • Black Nail Art Striper
  • Red Nail Art Striper
  • Neon Green Nail Art Striper

How to make it

  1. Step 1

    For the Jack Skellington nail, you start with a plain white nail.

  2. Step 2

    Use the end of a straight pin to dot on the black eyes.

  3. Step 3

    You don't want them to be perfect, his eyes are more oval than circular.

  4. Step 4

    Now, draw in his little nostrils with your black nail art striper.

  5. Step 5

    And use the nail art striper to draw on his mouth. His mouth is his defining feature. You want to make sure it covers the whole bottom part of the nail.

  6. Step 6

    Then draw in the stitches around his mouth and you have Jack Skellington!

  7. Step 7

    For the Boogie Oogie man, you need to draw a green triangle. (But, you don't want it to be perfect, his head is a little crooked.)

  8. Step 8

    Now draw in his slanty eyes with the black nail art striper.

  9. Step 9

    And draw in his mouth. It's really just a straight line.

  10. Step 10

    Now it's time to draw the iconic swirly hill in front of the moon. On your navy blue nail, use the end of the straight pen dipped in yellow paint to draw the moon.

  11. Step 11

    It will take a while to get full coverage over the blue, but it's okay if it shows through a little-- it just gives your nail that spooky night feeling!

  12. Step 12

    You want to cover almost the whole nail with yellow-- you're going to need a lot of room to make that swirl!

  13. Step 13

    Now, take your black nail striper and draw the swirl for the mountain.

  14. Step 14

    Start at the inside and bring it down to the bottom of your nail. You might want to practice this on a piece of paper a few times first.

  15. Step 15

    Color in the bottom of the mountain with your black nail art striper, an you have the perfect Nightmare Before Christmas background!

  16. Step 16

    For the Sally nail, I was inspired by her stitches and colors. Start by drawing a red line across the light blue nail.

  17. Step 17

    Then draw in a few stitches with the red striper.

  18. Step 18

    Now come in on top of the red and add a few white stitches. It's okay that the red shows through-- Sally's imperfections are what makes her so awesome!



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