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Halloween How-To: DIY This Creepy Blood Dripping Manicure!

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

As I’ve mentioned previously, Halloween is my favorite time of year. I love doing costumes, makeup, making fun of costumes…all of it. But while I do lots of stuff with clothes and beauty products during October, I tend to steer clear of doing my nails. Honestly, I’ve always sucked at painting mine, so I just don’t really bother most of the time. This year, though, I decided to try my hand (hyuck hyuck) at a fairly easy one: the blood dripping manicure.

For Prabal Gurung‘s Spring 2013 runway show, the designer picked this look for the models’ nails:

Blood Dripped Nails Prabal Gurung

Predictably, it didn’t become a huge spring trend; April is generally not when people most want to imagine their fingers bleeding. But for Halloween, it’s perfect! So here’s how to do it, step-by-step.

Step 0: Start with clean hands and nails. I should probably have taken my own advice better because, upon looking at these photos, my hands look like crap and are stained from the previous polish I used.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 1: Apply a base coat. I used Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 2: Apply one coat of a creamy pale polish, like ORLY* French Manicure in Pink Nude.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 3: Use a bobby pin dipped in the deep red polish (I picked OPI Nail Laquer in From A To Zurich) to plop on a little bit of color to the nail. Drag the polish upward toward the tip of the nail.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 4: Repeat 1 – 2 times per nail. You can even add a little random dot elsewhere as an extra “spatter.”

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 5: Connect the drips with a line of polish across the top. It doesn’t have to be perfect straight; it can look like a messy French manicure (i.e. any French manicure I do on myself). Wait for the polish to fully dry.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

Step 6 (optional): Apply a top coat for extra shine, such as the one from Sally Hansen I used as a base coat earlier.

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

On my other hand, my roommate did a French tip using the same red polish because I didn’t feel too confident in doing the blood manicure with my left hand.

Voila! Now convince everyone your hands are bleeding because you’re sadistic like that. Trick or treat, kinda!

Manicure tutorial: Blood dripped nails

*I always think of this when I read that polish’s name:

Every. Single. Time.

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  • ZanBrody

    Oh! I love this! I work at a hospital though, so I’ll have to reserve this one for the weekend ;) Don’t want to freak patients out.