Maniac-ure Monday – Blood Splatter Nails

Oh how I love a good play on words, almost as much as I loved a themed manicure!

This blood splatter manicure is by no means an original idea, I’ve seen tons of versions of this around the web but it looked like a bit of fun and something I thought I could do (with my limited nail art skills) & with Halloween approaching what better time to do it.

See below the picture for a step by step on how to achieve this messy look.


You will need –

– Base Polish (I used white in this instance)

– Colours to use for the “splatter” effect. For blood I recommend 2 shades (or more) of red if you can manage it.

– Straws, I used 1 straw and cut it in half for the two colours

– Acetone, this shit gets messy… Like my giant bottle of acetone? Bunnings has proved to be good for something!

– Sticky Tape – To put on the skin around your nails for added protection from the “splatter”.

First up your going to need to prep your nails, because this is really messy I put sticky tape around the skin around my nails to protect them from the “blood splatters”. Also make sure the area you are working in is completely covered in paper towel/something to protect the area you are working because just like it looks, this can get messy.

To get a blood splatter effect I started with a white base so the “blood” would really pop. For the white base I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On. I then used 2 reds for the blood – a lighter red for “fresher” looking blood and the shade I used was OPI Red My Fortune Cookie. For the darker “dried” blood I used Essence Do You Speak Love? (lame name… ).

I made sure the base was completely dry before I took the lids off my reds and dipped the straw in, I found submerging the straw right to the bottom of the bottle gave the best “splatter” effect. I then blew into the straw in short breaths to get the polish to splatter out. I had trouble a few times and thought geez I need to build my oxygen levels.

I then used a makeup brush and some acetone to clean up around the areas that still managed to get splattered on my skin (you can still see some staining on my picture above).

You can use this method will all sorts of colour combinations, I’m seeing a white base with neon splatters in my future!

To see this in action, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube. I like this one