As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.
Halloween is less than two weeks away. Have you planned your manicure for the big night yet? If you have a bottle of red polish, an ordinary plastic straw, and 10 minutes, you can pull off these super simple bloody nails—no nail art experience necessary. They’re the perfect addition to a creepy costume, or a stand-alone way to bring some spirit to the 31st, whether you’re decked out in a costume or not. Here’s how to get the look:Step 1: Begin by painting nails with a neutral base color like white, tan, or nude. I’m using Cult Nails Mazo, a sheer nude polish with subtle shimmer. Short on time? Skip the base color and go straight to the splatters.
Step 2: Choose a blood-red nail polish (I’m using OPI Die Another Day) and create a small pool of polish on a paper plate or a piece of foil. Dip the end of a plastic straw into the polish, picking up a ring of color on the tip of the straw. Don’t be afraid to collect a decent amount of polish here.
Step 3: Position the straw roughly half an inch over one nail, and blow a strong puff of air into the clean end of the straw. The red polish will splatter across the nail. If the polish isn’t splattering, collect more color on the end of the straw, or add a little nail polish remover to your puddle of polish to thin it out a bit. Continue splattering each nail, adding more polish to the straw as you go.
Step 4: At this point, your fingers will be a little messy. To clean up the splatters that have strayed outside the lines, dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover and clean up large areas of splattered skin. Next, use a small makeup brush or Q-tip for detailed clean-up around your cuticles. Finish with a glossy top coat for shine and protection!
Splattering tip: To make clean-up easier, apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the skin around your nails before starting—it’ll wipe right off when you’re all done, eliminating the need for nail polish remover!
Looking for a few other spook-inspired manis? Here are three more ideas to bring some fright to Halloween.