Ghoulish Drippy Monster Nails

A diabolically easy DIY.

October is my favorite month. Some may say I’m biased because it’s my birthday month (Oct. 16 for all of your calendars), but it’s also HALLOWEEN! So, all month we HAVE to celebrate all things creepy, spooky, and altogether ooky any which way we can! Hence, GHOULISH DRIPPY MONSTER NAILS!

This is a pretty simple manicure with only a couple of steps. I used purple and green because they remind me of monster boogers, but you can use whatever your heart desires. Perhaps a black or white base with red drips so it looks like BLOOD, or orange and black for a typical Halloween theme?

You’ll need:

  • One greenish nail color. Mine is Milani’s Green Glow.
  • One purple-ish nail color. I used Milani’s Magenta Metal.
  • Your trusty clear top coat. Mine is Seche Vite, as always.
  • A bobby pin or pen tool for dotting.

How to do it:

1. Paint all of your nails with the green polish. I did about three coats since my polish was pretty sheer.

2. Once the green is pretty dry, paint the tips of your nails purple.

3. Dip your pen tool or the tip of a bobby pin into the purple polish and drag three lines from the painted tips downward to create your drips

4. Dip your tool/pin into the purple polish again, then dab a dot at the end of each drip, so it looks like your drips are really DRIPPIN’.

5. Let your nails dry for a bit, then add a layer of your clear top coat.

6 Sit back and admire your artwork! ♦


  • moonchild October 18th, 2012 7:03 PM


    also, happy birthday!


    • DrewNotBarrymore October 18th, 2012 7:45 PM

      I hate to sound odd here, but I have been following your blog, and I love it! :) I wish I had the bravery to dress as you do, I just adore all your outfit posts and DIYs. Do you have an idea when you will be updating? <3
      Thank you,

      • moonchild October 18th, 2012 9:21 PM

        Thanks so much! That doesn’t sound at all odd, my friend! This week has been absolutely insane because of homework but I have a couple outfit posts and a DIY lined up! THanks so much for letting me knowthat you read my blog! That makes me really happy! And I love your username, too! :)


        • burn-your-flesh October 18th, 2012 11:01 PM

          Wow, I just looked at your blog and you’re actually the coolest. Also, I have the socks you’re wearing in your most recent post except they come above my ankles.

        • moonchild October 19th, 2012 3:29 PM

          Aww thanks! And OMG YAY FOR AWESOME SOCKS.

        • DrewNotBarrymore October 19th, 2012 9:18 PM

          Fantastic! I cannot wait to see. :) Thank you for the username compliment. <3

  • Ben October 18th, 2012 7:21 PM

    Wow! This is just like how i had my nails all week but i did a glitter base and red blood drips! Also October is my fave month and i have been celebrating Halloween all month too!

  • secondtolastunicorn October 18th, 2012 7:25 PM

    very “goosebumps” :)

  • LizzyK October 18th, 2012 7:28 PM

    My birthday’s the 14th! And Halloween/October are the best holiday/month hands down.

  • Moxx October 18th, 2012 7:28 PM


    I love this mag ;_;

  • Stephanie October 18th, 2012 7:43 PM

    Thank you, Marie!!!! I’ve been dying to do my nails like this!!!!

  • DrewNotBarrymore October 18th, 2012 7:46 PM

    Another perfect manicure from Rookie! Thanks so much, Marie. <3

  • LilaC October 18th, 2012 8:08 PM

    this is really creepy because I was looking at a tutorial for these LAST WEEK (but this one is better). rookie always reads my mind…

  • umi October 18th, 2012 8:45 PM

    well,i’m off to cry that i have the horrible habit of biting my nails……..

    these ARE SO COOL THOUGH~!!

  • kittenmix October 19th, 2012 12:01 AM

    this is sooo coooool I’m gunna try it with pale pink and shimmery navy blue for my high school grad next week thaaaaaanks grl

  • Space Witch October 19th, 2012 12:18 AM

    The colors are perfect, wow. Good job, these look great!

  • Nomali October 19th, 2012 4:23 PM

    I want! I’ll get! But my nails are pretty short from years of chewing.

    This is an awesome tutorial!
    This is my first comment here! I’ll stop typing now.

  • Lilipad October 19th, 2012 11:36 PM

    Thank you so much! I was trying to do something like this a while ago, but totally failed. This way looks much easier! I will now go try this, and stop writing so much.

  • pinmq October 20th, 2012 12:43 AM

    just did my nails like this, now i feel powerful! x

  • canibalismoparanoico October 20th, 2012 6:18 AM

    What happens if you don’t add the top coat?

    • Jessica W October 20th, 2012 11:16 PM

      I think it hardens better/faster with the topcoat.
      When I do this without a topcoat, it takes forever to harden!

      The Lovelorn

  • mayaautumn October 25th, 2012 5:09 PM

    been watching loads of tutes (tutorials -slanggg) on utube. they look so fun!!;D

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica November 13th, 2012 11:55 AM

    Omg these nails are so fantastic. I love the extra 3-D drop/drip/blob, nice touch. (No pun intended haaaaaha!) (Touch? Fingers? Nails? Get it? No? Just me? Awkward.)