I said it once and I’ll say it again, my first time experimenting with freehand Animal print came out pretty friggin’ Awesome!
For this Moody Manicure I started off with 2 coats of Sinful Colors, Endless Blue. I love this blue because it sort of reminds me of pen ink, I guess you could compare it to Cobalt because it has that kind of pop to it. It is very deeply pigmented and 2 thin coats is all you’ll need for a solid base.
Next I used a scrap piece of paper and placed about 3 drops of Sinful Colors Black on Black on the paper. Then I used a medium sized nail art brush and began drawing stripes on my nails for the Zebra pattern. Make it easy on yourself and find some great nail art on Pinterest or Google that you can use as inspiration for drawing your stripes.
Then using that same brush, I began drawing semi-circles all over a few of my nails to form bases for the cheetah spots. Then, I placed about 2 drops of Sinful Colors, Nirvana on my scrap paper and used the large end of my dotting tool to place small dots of polish in the middle of the semi-circles to complete my spots.
I let my nails dry a little bit and then finished them off with Sally Hansen’s Clear Strengthening Top Coat. Lastly, I did a quick clean up with Q-tips dipped in Nail Polish Remover.
- One trick I’ve been using to speed up my dry time is running my hands under cold water and patting my palms dry on a towel. Once I let them air dry, I go around each nail with my cuticle oil pen and that’s it!
- I’ll admit I was a little nervous trying this at first, but I did opt to use a piece of scrap paper to practice drawing a few zebra stripes before I tried it on my nails. This helped a lot because by the time I got around to drawing on my nail, it became almost effortless. I also did a few practice semi-circles for the cheetah print as well before trying it on my nails.
What I used:
Sinful Colors, Endless Blue 1052
Sinful Colors, Nirvana 949
Sinful Colors, Black on Black 103