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

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.


Bloody finger prints nail design: Supplies
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  • Essie’s Sand Tropez
  • Paint Fab’s Red Hot Mama
  • Scrap paper
  • Nail polish remover


Step 1

Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 1
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Begin with a tan base coat.

Step 2

Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 2
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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

Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 3
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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

Bloody finger prints nail design: Step 4
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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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Halloween nail art inspired by bloody finger prints
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Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Oct. 2016.

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