Halloween Blood Splatter Nail Art

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Nail art makes a festive accessory for your Halloween costume, especially when it features frightful blood drips and splatters.

They are the perfect way to celebrate the season, and these patterns work well on short nails as well as long nails. If you normally get press-on nails or acrylic nails set when you do a mani at home or at a nail salon, you can easily add these spooky patterns to your regular routine.

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Each of these three DIY nail art techniques in the full video tutorial starts with a base of white nail polish. Although any of these can be done on your own, even if you are a beginner, it is much easier and more fun to recruit a friend and exchange the fun of a morbid manicure together.

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You can even take photos and post your nail art compilation when you are done.

Things You'll Need

  • Wax paper

  • White nail polish

  • Red nail polish

  • Clear tape

  • Bottle cap

  • Eye dropper

  • Nail polish remover

  • Cocktail straw

  • Cotton pads

  • Straight pin with a round tip

Blood Splatter Nail Art Tutorial

Before beginning your manicure, cover the work surface with wax paper.

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1. Paint your nails white

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Start with dry, white nails. Tape the skin around each nail with clear tape to protect the fingers from excess splatter. Begin with a small strip of tape right under the cuticle, across the front of the finger. Use a second strip and arch it over the top of the finger, along the outer edge of each nail. Fold the excess tape to the back of the finger.

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2. Prepare the "blood" nail polish

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Place five drops of red nail polish into a bottle cap. Use an eyedropper to put two or three drops of nail polish remover into the red polish. Mix with a cocktail straw. This will thin the polish so it splatters easily.

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Dip the tip of the cocktail straw into the diluted red polish, completely covering the tip. Then place it 1 inch from the surface of a nail and blow nail polish out through the straw. The paint will splatter over the white surface of the nail. Continue on all of the nails.

3. Clean up the nails

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Once the nails are covered in red splatter, remove the tape and touch up any unwanted splatters with a cotton pad dipped in nail polish remover. Allow nails to dry.

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Single Blood Splat Nail Art Design

1. Create the blood on the white nail

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Start with dry, white nails. Add a couple of drops of red nail polish to a bottle cap or another shallow dish. Dip the rounded end of a straight pin into the polish and dot onto the nail where you would like a splat.

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2. Spread the "blood" nail polish

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Turn the straight pin around (or use a new pin) and pull the red polish from the center of the splat out into the nail, forming several splat lines. Continue using the same technique on all your nails, dotting polish and then pulling it from the center of the splat mark to the outer nail, forming various streaks and dribbles.

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Add smaller dots or flecks of red nail polish around the main splat marks using the tip or round side of the pin. Allow nails to dry.

Dripping Blood Halloween Nail Art

1. Create "blood" drops

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Start with dry, white nails. Add a couple of drops of red polish to a bottle cap or another shallow dish. Use the rounded end of a straight pin to add two or three dots to each nail in a staggered pattern.

2. Create the drip pattern

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Dip the end of a straight pin in the red polish and draw lines from the tip of the nail to the center of the dots. Some lines can be thicker than others.

3. Paint the nail tips

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Finish this technique by using the nail polish brush to paint the tips of each nail red. Allow nails to dry.

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