This is a super fun guest post from Kat Musselwhite, a lovely writer @ Makeup Mew, one of the best makeup review and tutorial sites on the web. If you’re as much of a kid as I am when it comes to Halloween, you’ll love this!
One of my fondest memories of childhood was— I have to admit— being able to get away with making a mess. Making a mess and knowing that you won’t have to clean it up is so much fun! Even though I did have to clean up the mess I created from this tutorial, it was still so much fun to do that I definitely felt like a kid again! This nail look has just the perfect spook factor for Halloween.
First of all, a few disclaimers:
- If you prefer your nail art neat and tidy, this look might not be for you.
- If you don’t like making a mess, this look probably isn’t for you.
- If you’re too lazy to tidy up afterwards, this look definitely isn’t for you.
- If you want to make a lot of mess – all over your nails and your hands – then you are going to LOVE this look!
What you’ll need:
- White Nail Varnish. Preferably an opaque one, rather than sheer.
- A Selection of Nail Polishes. I only used one, but you can use as many as you like
- A Tooth Brush (probably not the one you currently use….or anyone else’s, unless you’re feeling particularly mean!)
- A small container to mix: I used a small tin, but you could use a small bowl, measuring spoon etc
- Nail Varnish Thinner or Nail Varnish Remover. It really doesn’t matter which one you use, just use whichever one you have to hand.
- Newspaper. We might enjoy making a mess, but you know it’ll be us cleaning it up, so this will help make cleaning up a whole lot easier.
- Optional: Olive Oil for keeping clean.
Depending on how you want your final look to turn out, here are the two (2) methods you could use to prepare yourself for this nail art:
- Smear a small amount of Olive Oil on to the skin around each of your nails. The Olive Oil will make it easier to remove any splashes of nail polish.
- Do absolutely nothing to protect your skin – trust me – this is the fun option!
What to Do:
Step 1: Apply the White polish in thin coats, allowing them to dry thoroughly before attempting another coat. This helps to prevent streaking. It typically takes around 3-4 coats for the polish to be completely opaque, but this of course depends on the quality of the polish.
Step 2: Mix a small amount of Nail Polish. I chose Red, which I definitely recommend if you want to achieve my Halloween look. Add some Nail Polish Remover or Thinner and use a toothbrush to stir it up.
Step 3: Put down some Newspaper, opening it up as fully as possible (consider laying it around a wide area) and place your hand in the middle of the papers.
Step 4: Coat the bristles of your Toothbrush with the Polish/Remover concoction.
Step 5: Holding the Toothbrush with the bristles hanging over your white nail, run a finger across and flick the Polish/Remover all over your nail, adding as much red as you wish.
Step 6: If you applied Olive Oil to your skin, carefully wash it off. If you have trouble getting the polish off, trying scraping at it with a straw.
Step 7: If you didn’t use Olive Oil and used Red Nail Polish – seriously, who did you kill, because you now have blood all over your hands!
Isn’t this such an amazing yet absolutely creepy mani? It also perfectly complements any horrid Halloween costume. Again, I should just say that this is a very messy look, but that’s all part of the enjoyment.
Do you dare to try this murderous look? Create the perfect look for scaring your friends, or the local Trick or Treaters!
About Taylor Gilmore
Creator and Author of blogs TaylorCares, GiaVanne's Gems, and Urban Philly Woman. Taylor is a Christian, Professional Blogger, Freelance Writer and Social Media Enthusiast.