How To: Dirty, Bloody Nails for Halloween
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I’m so excited for my official first Blogtober Post! If you haven’t checked out the intro yet, make sure you do by clicking HERE
Now I have to say that I’m super proud of how today’s nail design turned out, they are the most gruesome and the most disturbing design I’ve ever done, but at the same time completely perfect for Halloween. I hope they don’t gross you all out too much!
What you will need to recreate the look
Your choice of base coat
Flesh coloured polish - I chose Porcelain Doll by Leighton Denny
Black polish - I’ve used Black Forest by Barry M
Grey polish - I’ve used Chai by Barry M
Blood Red polish - I’ve used Blood Orange by Barry M
Matte top coat - I chose Barry M’s matte topper
Small dotting tool/brush
It might seem like quite a few items here, but honestly, this look is super easy to achieve!
How to recreate this look
First things first, pop on your base coat
Apply 2-3 coats of your flesh coloured polish, again I used Porcelain Doll by Leighton Denny, and allow to dry
Grab your matte topcoat, apply 1 coat, and as it begins to dry, take your orange stick and using the pointy end, carefully create random ‘incisions’ where you want your wounds to be. Apply pressure, but not too much, just enough to create dents without completely hitting the nail beneath.
Next, use your dotting tool or brush with blood red polish to fill in those wounds. This can be as messy as you’d like…it’s supposed to be gruesome after all!
I noticed that red polish alone wasn’t realistic enough, I needed to darken those incisions up… Take your brush or dotting tool to some black polish and pop the tiniest amount in the middle of the cuts. You can always go back in with more red if you go a bit too heavy with the black.
This is where I was going to finish the look, but I decided it needed more! Time to get even more gross…
Cut a piece away from your sponge and dip alternately between black, grey and red polish to dab around the nails, maybe even the tips of your fingers, to create a dirty, bloody finish.
And there you have it, my first Halloween design. Did I just finish digging my grave, or scratch and crawl my way out of one, you decide! With these nails, who knows, but one thing is for sure…it was something seriously spooky!
Thank you so much for reading,
Love, Leanne Xx