And I will be the first to admit, Lyndsey is really good. And I wouldn't consider myself too bad at it, but since it was my first time I know I could have used some practice before I actually attempted to put it on my nails. But did I practice? Nope! I just started zebra-striping away and it turned out pretty funky and fun. I could have matched my toes almost exactly with a white glitter... but my white glitters tend to chip easily, so I went with the gold and shimmery China Glaze White Cap instead. Lyndsey, thank you for the inspiration!
These are the steps I followed for these zebra nails:
- Apply CND Stickey base coat to each nail.
- Polish on 2 coats of China Glaze White Cap (it's OK if there is still some visible nail line... the zebra covers it up)
- I put on a coat of Orly Love Each Other (to try to get some good purple, blue and pink shimmer as well) but it didn't show up...
- Using a dotting tool and some black acrylic paint (the kind you find at craft stores), squiggle lines across your nail to form a zebra pattern. The lines should be thicker on the outside of the nail and get thinner as they move toward the middle of the nail.
- Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat and 1 coat of OPI RapiDry top coat.
OK, I'm a nerd. I didn't have a zebra-striped bouncy ball... so I used this sweet snake one. It's kind of a safari-themed photo. And yes, I love snakes. No, I don't own one. But I do speak parseltongue.
The cool thing about zebra nails done like this is 1) the acrylic paint dries super fast and won't smear when you apply top coat, and 2) it's OK if it's messy. In fact, my right hand looks almost better than my left hand. The most difficult part about this zebra design is making sure your stripes are evenly spaced and not too close together on some nails.
I honestly thought I had done an OK job... but then I looked at my toes and realized how much of a pro Lyndsey was.
Bummer, dude. Oh well. There's always next time. I can't wait to have fun with a bright purple/glitter base and some white zebra stripes!