It’s almost October, which means my favorite type of manicures is upon us – Halloween! I was trying to figure out a fun spin on one of my favorite type of Halloween designs, drip tips and discovered a great color combination.
I typically see drip tips in the traditional colors: red-blood dripping down a black/dark base color. But why not mix it up with some classic fall shades? Here’s how I ended up creating this manicure.
I started off with a peel-off base coat by Unt Cosmetics. Since this was an experimental design, I wanted the option to take it off without having to use nail polish remover. (I’m in the process of growing out my nails and want to avoid that step at all costs)
Instead of the traditional black/extremely dark background, I opted to switch things around and use red. This is by Zoya in the shade, “Claire” (two coats used).
A favorite Halloween aesthetic of mine is the swampy greens, like what you’d imagine the Creature of the Black Lagoon would crawl out of. I started out painting a French manicure-style tip with the color I chose for the tips, China Glaze’s “Westside Warrior”. This is a mossy medium-dark green that is an absolute dream green. To my surprise, this would totally work as a complete Fall look! It’s such a fun twist with colors on the traditional French mani. I might end up doing this again stand-alone.
Next I took a semi-healthy amount of polish on the brush and carefully dabbed a random spot on each nail, then pulled toward the tip without dragging the brush. This creates natural-looking lines that you can play with as the drops are connected. After the drops were completed I went back with a thin amount of polish on the brush and cleaned up or corrected whever the french tip line was still showing.
If you were worried the manicure would stay messy-looking, don’t worry! It doesn’t matter if the creme polish looks absolutely perfect because on top goes another layer. I took a similar green but in glitter! This name was absolutely perfect – China Glaze’s “It’s Alive”. When the glitter is thinly dispersped on the drips, you won’t notice any imperfections. In fact, if any glitter drips out of place, all the better! It adds the effect of this mossy, gooey look!
And there you have a fun drip-nail mani! Do you dig the colors? Because I’m in love – it also reminds me of the ’90s vamp shades.
What other Halloween themes do you enjoy seeing on manis? Let me know in the comments!