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Add some Halloween fright to your nails with a chic bloody fingerprint design

Kara Endres is a graphic designer, illustrator and fashion blogger based in south Florida. She showcases her DIY skills on her blog, Sprinkles in Springs, as well as shopping guides, trends, fashion inspiration, illustrations, and nail a...

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good

This nail design is a bit gory, but a lot of fun. It's the perfect way to top off any The Walking Dead or Penny Dreadful themed Halloween costume you're attempting to conjure up this year. But don't worry, the look is still fashionable enough to put AHS: Hotel's The Countess to shame.

This simple step-by-step tutorial will have you looking like a bloody mess — in the best way possible.

Supplies:

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
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  • Essie's Sand Tropez
  • Paint Fab's Red Hot Mama
  • Scrap paper
  • Nail polish remover

Directions:

Step 1

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
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Begin with a tan base coat.

Step 2

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
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Dab a bit of red polish on a piece of scrap paper. Dip your finger in it and blot it a couple of times until you can start to see some of the fingerprints showing through.

Step 3

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Press your finger with the red polish onto your tan nails, leaving behind a "bloody fingerprint." Repeat this process until your nails are covered in a variety of bloody prints.

Step 4

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
Image: Kara Endres/Sheknows

Carefully use nail polish remover to take off the red polish from your fingertip, without ruining the nail design. Finish with a top coat.

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A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

A Halloween nail art tutorial that makes gory look darn good
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Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Oct. 2016.

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