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It’s that time of year when channeling your inner—and, in turn, getting in touch with your —feels like the natural thing to do. So why not lean into it, beginning at the fingertips, where a sweep of the right monochrome nail polish (Blood red! Deep green! Midnight black!) can transform your look to enchanting effect.
“October is my favorite month...everyone has officially stopped thinking about summer and is ready for the fall/winter nail transition,” says nail artist Betina Goldstein, adding that she “always looks to [her] favorite spooky movies for color inspiration.” In moodboarding, Goldstein counts cult-classic Halloween films like Death Becomes Her and Hocus Pocus (the Sanderson sisters have a penchant for extra long, curved pointy talons), among her favorites to draw from. She also name-checks iconic femme fatale characters , like Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, who famously wore Chanel’s iconic vampy shade Rouge Noir onscreen.
Yes, You Can Work in the Restaurant Industry and Have Cute Nails
Manicures have long been frowned upon in food service, but as gels and chip-resistant polish become commonplace, chefs and food workers are finding power in the paint.There are unspoken standards in many industries that suggest that brightly colored nails are unprofessional; acrylics mean you’re not ready to work; and a bejeweled manicure implies that you are somehow frivolous and unserious. In the bar and restaurant industry, where female chefs receive fewer accolades and less media attention than their male counterparts and as many as 90% of female restaurant workers experience sexual harassment, “high femme” is often seen as incongruous with “serious chef.
But the Witchcore aesthetic, as TikTok likes to call it, means different things to different people. “Although I’ve seen Stevie Nicks perform live multiple times and am obsessed with Halloween, I’m more of a Glinda the Good Witch kind of witch,” says nail artist Miss Pop with a laugh. “ So for me, Halloween is a good excuse for being extra—extra dark or extra sparkly or extra bold. And it even surprises me just how integral nails can be to finishing off a [a look].” Here, the two nail artists talk us through a quartet of black magic-worthy nail color shades to consider if you’ve got the urge to conjure your moody, mystical side this Halloween.
Deep, Dark Red
A shade Goldstein refers to as “Mia Wallace” rouge, this deep dark red was popularized in no small part by Chanel’s best-selling Rouge Noir (also known as Vamp), which Thurman wore as Wallace in Pulp Fiction. “It's a classic that has edge and sophistication,” says Goldstein. “It is intense like a malbec wine with the perfect combination of red and purple hues.”
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With these Halloween decorations and party ideas, you can be the most spooktacular hostess. A Halloween party no longer has to be the Monster Mash with stretchy spider web decorations and dancing ghosts. Below peruse five options for Halloween festivities for every reveler, from those who enjoy a stiff drink to a kids sleepover. Throw a pumpkin carving palooza, a spirited yet elegant cocktail party, a kids’ sleepover that would spook even Casper, an enchanted evening of a dinner party, or an autumn-appropriate bob for apples.
“Olive green is a shade that feels so fall and has monster vibes,” says Miss Pop. “It’s a unique choice, but not too strange for everyday.” It's also real-world wearable, especially during fall. “It’ll pair so well with all the seasonal shades in your wardrobe like brown, navy, and wine,” she adds.
Death Becomes Her Red
It’s worth acknowledging that Stevie Nicks has always been a crimson-nailed queen. In choosing a fierce siren red, Goldstein is partial to a bright, poppy hue, which she considers synonymous with Goldie Hawn’s character Helen Sharp in Death Becomes Her. “It’s vibrant and provocative,” says Goldstein. “It has candy apple red saturation with an orange undertone.”
“Pitch black is so chic, especially if you have black hair,” says Miss Pop, who loves both matte and ultra-gloss finishes. “Black is arguably the only shade that looks cooler when it chips.”
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