Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurung’s blood-drop mani for Halloween

Prabal Gurung-inspired blood-drop manicure

At Spring Fashion Week in New York, Prabal Gurung made quite the impact in the nail department with hauntingly awesome nail tips that looked like dripping blood. I don’t know how many of us will be up for wearing them come March—they could attract the wrong kind of attention—but this month, they’re spook-tacular.

Here’s the runway shot:

Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 nails Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

See? It’s like a French manicure gone wrong, but in the best way possible. (Since contrary to what Chanel’s been showing us, I don’t even think the typical French manicure can ever be right… but that’s a different story for another day.)

What You Need

Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in High Maintenance Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

  • Base and top coat
  • Red nail polish (You can go for a dark red, like they used on the runway—but I used Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in High Maintenance, which is very bright)
  • A toothpick

Step One

This manicure is super simple because you don’t really need to apply a colour over your base coat. If you don’t like the idea of some “naked nail” showing through, then any nude or white polish would work perfectly. I chose to just stick to applying the drippy blood!

Now, set aside the brush that comes in the bottle because… guess what?! You won’t be using it at all for this design!

Instead, dip the toothpick into the red nail polish. Make sure that you pick up enough on the toothpick so that there is a bead of polish at the very tip.

Prabal Gurung inspired blood drop manicure Step 1 Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

Step Two

Hold the toothpick over your nail and place the bead (the thickest part of the “blood drop”) somewhere in the middle of your nail. Drag it upward towards the tip of your nail to create the actual “drip” part.

Prabal Gurung inspired blood drop manicure Step 2 Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

Step Three

Do this again a few times.

Prabal Gurung inspired blood drop manicure Step 3 Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

You can pick and choose how long you want each drip to be, and how many you want! It all depends on the size of your nails.

Note: You will have to re-dip the toothpick with each new drip you create so that the colour is opaque.

Step Four

As the final touch, swipe the red horizontally right across your nail edge to cover the white tip.

Prabal Gurung inspired blood drop manicure Step 4 Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

With most of my nails, I didn’t even have to grab more polish from the bottle, I just dragged along from the existing red!

Step Five

Repeat the process on the rest of your nails, one by one, and then seal it all with a top coat.

Prabal Gurung inspired blood drop manicure Step 5 Nail art alert! Try Prabal Gurungs blood drop mani for Halloween

Spooky, eh?

I love that it looks as though it was tedious and involved artsy, meticulous handywork. But really, all you need is a shaky hand!

If you have never tried nail art in the past because you don’t think your hands are steady enough, or if you know only one hand would turn out well because you aren’t ambidextrous, then this is definitely the nail art for you! The only requirement is that you must have shaky hands—ha!

Happy Halloween, and I hope you nail it!

Rikki Ciminsky is a student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @rikki_see.

Tell us:

Are you a fan of the Prabal Gurung nails for spring?
Or do you think they should only been seen on October 31st?
Have you decided what you’re gonna be for Halloween yet?


Saturday, October 13/2012 at 7:36 pm

I saw the Prabal Gurung look a few weeks ago and loved it…I still like the dark blood-red color most but the paler red on your fingers looks good too!
I also have a question about polish application in general: Can you get away with applying few layers, and if so, which ones can you skip? I’m a minimalist..I normally maintain clean and healthy nails but don’t paint them, and when I can be bothered, I usually do two coats at the most. Is a base, plus few coats of color, plus a top coat necessary? It makes me feel as if I’ve got jewelry atop my fingers, and I don’t like the ‘chunky’ feeling that heavy nail polish layering gives.


Comment Avatar Rikki
Saturday, October 13/2012 at 8:01 pm

Hey Gia! Such a great question! Yes, agreed. Sometimes nail polish application can be tedious work. I always get frustrated when colours need a bunch of coats to get the desired opacity.

To get straight to the nitty gritty, there are definitely ways that you can “skip” layers. Some are more important than others. For instance, I always say use a base coat. It guards your nails from the polish colour. If you are a constantly applying new polish (especially dark colours), your nails can become “stained” or start to yellow without a base coat. Another plus of base coat is that it smooths out the nail so there are no bumps when you apply a colour. I’d say keep a base coat in the manicure ritual.

As for applying layer after layer for nail polish colours, there are certain brands that never fail me when it comes to full coverage in one go! I always know I can count on Maybelline and Sally Hansen if I need to give myself a super fast manicure. So if you are looking for less coats with the actual polish, those are two of my favourite brands for that.

Top coats are made essentially to “lock in” the colour, slow the chances of chipping, and speed up the drying process. If you have an old top coat, it can get thick and goopy, and like you said… “chunky”. However, most fresh bought top coats just add a nice shine. However, if you want to avoid that step all together for whatever reason… Wait a few minutes after you apply the polish, then run your nails under cold water at a light pressure from 1-3 minutes. This usually dries them pretty quick.

Hope that helped!

- Rikki


Sunday, October 14/2012 at 1:09 am

Thanks so much for your reply, Rikki – it really helped! I think I’ll venture forth and actually paint my nails more often now..your tips do make the whole process seem much easier!


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