Halloween Nail Art That's Bloody Good

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Let's be honest: Halloween is hard. You have to think of a costume, obtain that costume either by buying it or surveying your friends for certain items, and then if you really wanna go all-out, you have to think of the hair (or wig) you want, and the makeup that'd work for that costume too.
It's all so much, which is why Halloween nail art is one of the better ways to get into the holiday spirit without having to devote hours and hours of thought. While there's plenty of not-lame Halloween nail art out there, there's something about blood nail art, which can look like there's blood trickling down your nails, that's equal parts creepy, cute, and surprisingly chic. Designer Prabal Gurung even approved of the effect for his own Spring 2013 runway show.
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Although this may look intimidating at first, remember that you've got more than two weeks until Halloween to practice. Read on for an easy, three-step tutorial by Stephanie Lavery, former editor-in-chief of Nail It! magazine, then take a peek at some more blood-soaked nail art inspiration, ahead.
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Step 1: Apply your basecoat and two coats of light pink or white polish.
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Step 2: Using a dotting tool, make four dots near the tip of the nail with blood-red polish.
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Step 3: Use the tip of the nail polish brush to connect the dots to the edge of the nail. Finish with a clear topcoat. See? Not that hard at all.
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Now for a little inspiration: Swap out pink or white polish for a matte black to make your blood nails even more chilling.
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If your nails are on the shorter side, start your blood drips from the base of your manicure for an elongating effect.
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Leave your nail polish out for 10-15 minutes to thicken the formula, then go heavy-handed for drips that really look like blood.
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If you're not willing to devote the time to make all your nails look like they're dripping with blood, you can always do the effect on a few accent nails, as seen here.
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If you're a true nail art pro, you can add little white lines along the edges of the blood red drips to make them look even more realistic — and grosser.
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Who says you have to make these fake blood drips red? For a slightly less creepy spin on blood nails, you can paint the base and blood any color you like. Even dark sparkly purple works for a less obvious Halloween-inspired moment. Fair warning: People might think you're going as a Kylie Lip Kit, though.
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