Druscilla nail tutorial

Long before Edward started stalking Bella, there were two other vampire lovers on the block. They were much tougher, a lot sexier and only slightly less insane. They were, of course, Druscilla and Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



Spike and Dru were about as co-dependent as a couple could be. First she was weak and sick, and he did his best to nurse her back to health, bringing her gifts and takeaway meals (in the form of hapless teenagers he had managed to lure into his lair). Then, Spike was crippled and Dru had to play nursemaid. Unfortunately for Spike, Dru had her own personal brand of crazy, and she wasn’t as skilled as he at taking care of others. The couple wind up splitting, but their downfall was fun to watch.



Druscilla may not have been the brightest candle in the mausoleum, but she sure did have some fantastic style. In season 2, when she first appeared, pale and sickly, she was always shown in soft, white, virginal gowns. Once she regained her strength, her colour palette moved to more daring reds and blacks, with tight corsets and long flowing skirts. Dru’s makeup was always minimal, with nude lips and eyes. Her nails though, were always strikingly painted. Her manicure is really dramatic and super-easy to do at home.




You will need:

A dark coloured nail polish. Druscilla always wore either a glossy black or blood red. You can do this look with any dark, vampish colour.

White nail polish.

Nail base coat

Nail top coat

French manicure guides (if desired).



Step 1.

File and shape your nails. Give your nails a good buff to remove any ridges



Step 2.

Apply a base coat to your nails. The base coat will help the coloured polish to go on more smoothly. It will also prevent the dark-coloured nail polish from staining your nails.



Step 3.

Apply 2 thin coats of your dark coloured nail polish to your entire nail. Make sure that each coat is completely dry before you apply the next.



Step 4.

Using the white nail polish and a thin brush, paint white French tips onto each of your nails. If you want, you can use nail guides, which are these little stickers that you put on your nails which act as a stencil for doing French manicures. You can get them from most pharmacies or supermarkets. Manicare, Fingrs’ and Sally Hansen all do good ones.


If you don’t have any nail guides, you can paint the French tips by hand. I always do this, and it gets easier with practice. All you need to do is to paint a thin white strip along the edge of your nail, where your nail would naturally have a white tip.


If you find drawing the tips freehand a little tricky, you could invest in a nail art pen, which allow you to draw a thin line with polish. I find that the pens give you a little bit more control than a brush, particularly if you haven’t had much practice wielding a paint brush.



Step 5

Once your tips are completely dry, paint a clear top coat over the entire nail to protect your nail polish and add a little extra gloss.



That’s all there is to it! Now you are ready to terrorize the neighborhood, stealing puppies, stomping on flowerbeds and flirting with any Billy Idol lookalikes that cross your path.


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