Try This Blood-Drop Nail Art For Halloween

Inspired by the runway look at Prabal Gurung.
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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

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
  • 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

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

Step Three

Do this again a few times.

Prabal Gurung-inspired blood drop manicure - Step 3

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

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

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.

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