I’m Simcha Whitehill, but I’m better known as Miss Pop, a New York City-based nail artist. Every other week I’ll be breaking down the technique behind a must-have manicure. Some looks will be chic and easy and some may require a practiced hand (or a little patience!). Either way, it's all about having fun. I do nail art for one reason. Love.
At Prabal Gurung’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear show, the models looked as if they’d been caught red-handed. Their nails were a bloody good update to the traditional French manicure in deep crimson by Tracylee Percival for Sally Hansen. This look is perfect for Halloween because the whole idea is to make your tips seem splattered. Here’s how you can kill it with nail art straight off the runway.
A small striper brush (or a toothpick). Try: Orly Detailer Brush.
Top coat. Try: Floss Gloss Gloss.
How to do it:Step 1: Apply the base coat. Then add two coats of your base color. At Prabal Gurung, Percival left the nails bare to give the blood drips a spooky realness. I started off the look with one of the season’s biggest shades—gray.
Step 2: Once the coats are dry, you’re ready to add the updated French tip. Using the brush in the bottle, edge each nail with the dark crimson shade. Don’t worry if the tip is uneven; you can cover up your tracks with the blood drips, which brings us to the next step.
Step 3: Dip the dotter ball into the brush so you pick up a bead of color. Place the dotter onto the nail where your want the blood drip. Then lightly drag the dotter up the nail to meet your French tip. Repeat this step a few times on each nail, varying the lengths.
Step 4: For added effect, paint a few smaller drops below your drips with the dotter. Drop a bead flat down on the nail and, as you quickly lift the dotter up off the nail, gently slide your hand a centimeter or so to give your dot a teardrop shape.
Step 5: This is the bonus round! Add some sparkle with the glittery red nail polish. Using a small brush or a toothpick, highlight the drips and tips with this glitzy accent shade.
Step 6: Seal the whole look with a thick top coat, like Floss Gloss Gloss, that will completely cover the grit of the glitter. Now you’ve got drop-dead gorgeous nails!