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Nail Art Studio: Gory Ghoul

Alyssa Adams demonstrates how to do Gory Ghoul.

Alyssa Adams demonstrates how to do Gory Ghoul.


1. Apply a blotch of dark red polish where you want the “cut.”


2. Apply flesh tone acrylic to the nail. Wait 15 seconds and use a dotting tool to cut into the acrylic. The red applied in the first step will show through.


3. Using a cosmetic sponge, blot the area with green and purple to create “bruising.”


4. Add some knotted black thread to the “wound” to create stitches. 

Alyssa Adams, Claws and Stilettos, New Port Richey, Fla.

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You can also mail your tips (one for each step) and written instructions to Tracy Rubert, NAILS Magazine, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503. Make sure to include your name, salon name (if applicable), city, state, and contact information. When mailing us tips for Nail Art Studio, please mail them in a padded envelope or box to keep the nail tips fully intact in transit.

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The deep fold of skin at the base of the nail where the nail root is embedded; also called the mantle.
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