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Halloween Needle Drag: October Polish Party

The Polish Party theme for October is Halloween. I’ve never done a “traditional” pumpkin, ghosts, haunted house, bats, Jack Skellington, mummies kind of manicure. And it seems that this year is no different.

I was inspired by a beautiful needle drag manicure by one of my favourite nail artists, Nail Bamboo, and used the Halloween colours orange and black to recreate it. Google Translate gave just enough help for me to work out exactly how she achieved her look.

After painting one thick coat of the orange base, OPI A Roll In The Hague, I quickly added a couple of largish dots of black, MUA Shade 2, at the tip end using the brush from the bottle. I also added a dot of orange in about the centre of the nail. Then, using my finest dotting tool, I promptly swirled the colours around a bit until I was satisfied with the look.

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Halloween orange and black needle drag (dry marble) using OPI A Roll In The Hague and MUA Shade 2
Halloween orange and black needle drag (dry marble) using OPI A Roll In The Hague and MUA Shade 2



For this manicure I’ve used:

  • Base colour: one coat of OPI A Roll In The Hague
  • Black: MUA Shade 2
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.


Here are the other Polish Party manicures for this month:

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This looks amazing and you just gave me an idea of what to do for our Swedish Nailart Sunday 🙂

Claire Kerr

It’s so simple to do, yet really striking. I’ll look out for your manicure 🙂

Sarah T

This is gorgeous! Love your needle drag!

Claire Kerr

Thanks Sarah 🙂


wow I love those black swirls and the orange background <3

xx julia

Claire Kerr

Thank you Julia 🙂

Claire Kerr

Thank you Debbie 🙂

August Art

This is so cool! I’m gonna have to try this but for a non Halloween related design!

x x

Claire Kerr

There are so many possibilities and colour combinations.


It looks AMAZING! I tried to do the same and didn’t even get close to the same results Dx How did you manage to get yours so wispy and realistic?

Claire Kerr

I don’t know. I think just nice runny polish and working quickly will do the job.

Wendy Stanbury

Lovely mani, I don’t have much luck with needle drag designs, I think I don’t put enough polish on so it dries to quick, the colours don’t blend and I end up with scored drag marks – must practice more, lovely effect x