close-up of two crosed hands with a blood-stained nail look inspired by vampires for Halloween

My blog is almost seven years old and I have never experimented with Halloween-themed nails? Ah no, lovelies, I have to fix this awful injustice with a creepy blood-stained nail tutorial for one of the best fall holidays ever! This low-key nail look is super easy and quick to create, even the newbie nail junkie can easily achieve it, by following these easy steps. Just make sure you have the right shade of bloody red and a nice, glossy (or matte) topcoat to make this nail look last as long as possible. Ready to stain your nails?

close-up of two crosed hands with a blood-stained nail look inspired by vampires for Halloween

Last year's Halloween makeup look was inspired by the romantic vampire theme, which I completed with a melancholic vampire makeup look. Apart from my eye-enlarging Gothic Lolita makeup look, the blood-stained nails perfectly fit the whole Halloween theme, so I hope you'll find time and wish to re-create this quick and pretty simple tutorial. 

All you have to have in your nail arsenal is two, very basic nail polishes, which I have mentioned above) and a little bit of your time and patience. I promise it will take a maximum of 10 minutes to completely finish this Halloween nail look (including the drying time). Are you ready to begin?

close-up of two crosed hands with a blood-stained nail look inspired by vampires for Halloween

How to Do Blood-stained Nail Look for Halloween?


  • Step #1. Prep your nails...

Start with the prepared, nail-polish-free nails and complete manicure. If you need some guidance on how to do your perfect manicure at home, you can check out my previous blog post. Cover your nails with a smooth, base nail polish. This primary step primer will ensure a smooth, defect-free surface and a long-lasting Halloween nail look. 

  • Step #2. Stain the tips...

After, cover the top half of the very tips of your nail with a thin layer of blood-red nail polish, I used a regular kitchen sponge to complete this step, but you can use a special manicure sponge to cover your nails in these 'blood' stains.

close-up of two crosed hands with a blood-stained nail look inspired by vampires for Halloween

  • Step #3. Clean the cuticles...

The best thing about this nail look is that you don't have to be neat and precise. The messier your nails, the more realistic they will turn out to look. Later, use an acetone-dipped synthetic brush to clean the red nail polish off the cuticles.
  • Step #4. Apply no smudge top coat...

The next and most important step is a glossy (or matte), no-smudge top coat. Lightly cover your bloody nails with your favorite clear top and let them dry for at least 10 minutes. The top coat will smooth out any imperfections, making your bloody gradient look more polished. If desired, you can add a Gothic design on the ring and thumb fingernails, for a more exclusive Halloween nail look. 

close-up of two crosed hands with a blood-stained nail look inspired by vampires for Halloween

Summarizing...


And voilĂ , my lovelies, the bloody nails for Halloween are done! What do you think about this nail look, would you dare to wear it? As we bid farewell, I really hope you've enjoyed this spooky Halloween nail art. Hopefully, with just a few simple steps and a dash of creativity, you can transform your nails into a vampiric masterpiece that's sure to turn heads at any Halloween gathering.

If you aren't up to this particular nail look, I encourage you to experiment with different shades, patterns, and other cute and minimal nail designs to make this look your own. Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween filled with fun, frights, and fabulous nails! Until next time, stay creepy and creative. Happy Halloween!

Lots of love,
Bloody Liz