HALLOWEEN NAIL ART: Drybrushed Grunge Spiderwebs Nails

by - October 18, 2021

I have to admit, full coverage dry brushing isn't a technique I go to very often and it's one I tend to really forget the value of until I'm looking for something specific and it pings in my brain. Halloween is one such occasion when I feel like this dry brushing technique can really shine because in the right colors it can really evoke that grungey sort of horror vibe without being too on the nose. For this mani, I kept it super simple with a black, white and red color story and some full coverage spiderweb stamping for good measure. 

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This whole mani really came together when I decided to use this base polish from Jen & Berries called He Forced Me To Ruin My Dress. Unfortunately, this was a PPU shade and isn't available anymore, but I'm crossing fingers and toes that J&B puts out more polishes in this formula because I absolutely love it. It stands out from your usual crelly formula because it has these white shimmers in it that just absolutely elevate it. It also has various sizes of white, red and black glitters that work together for this absolutely perfect base for nail art. Like I said, fingers and toes that they do more of this formula!

For this mani, I applied two coats of He Forced Me To Ruin My Dress to all of my nails and let it dry down completely before moving on.

This is definitely, in my opinion, the most forgiving drybrushing technique because you really, really make sure you don't have too much polish on the brush and then just go in with swipes of each colour in different directions until you have the look you want. For this mani, I did drybrushing in a sort of deep cherry red, crisp white, and a little hint of a charcoal grey. I kept my swipes horizonal and vertical just for cohesion, though you could absolutely add diagonal swipes and create a different texture. For my stamping, I kept it super simple. I used this full cover spiderweb image on all of my nails, alternating the direction that I played it to add a little bit of interest and keep it from looking too uniform across the nails.

Once I was happy with my overall design, I went in with a water based top coat to seal in the design and then followed with a matte top coat to amp up the grunge factor. And voila!

All Products Used
Jen & Berries - He Forced Me To Ruin My Dress (PPU)
Color Club - Catwalk
Color Club - French Tip
Sinful Colors - Steel Reserve
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Maniology Smudge Free Top Coat
Anchor & Heart Sea Glass Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B054 Haul 'r Win Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper
Pueen Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard

This is another one of those mani's that I think would be really easy to recreate even if you don't have the same polishes and stamping plates - or even if you'd rather hand paint the spiderwebs, if you like that. If you do end up recreating this or any of my nail art designs, I'd love if you'd tag me so I can check them out. Head over to @pblnails and follow for all of my nail art, including video tutorials, and tag me with any recreations!

Thanks for reading - be sure to check back every day for the month of October for more Halloween nail art here on the blog and on social!

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