Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Safari Time!

I hate to once again bring up my ugly feet... but I am still so in love with the zebra pattern nail art that Lyndsey painted. So, naturally, I had to attempt it myself.

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:
  1. Apply CND Stickey base coat to each nail.
  2. 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)
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat and 1 coat of OPI RapiDry top coat.
And that is it! Zebra nails couldn't be easier... though if I was a little better at them it would help. But not bad for a first try, right? (My pinkie looks bomb!)

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!


  1. I love it. It looks awesome

  2. Looks great! and I lol'd at the parseltongue comment, hahaha

  3. How sweet, I loved it.
    You have good taste.



  4. Love it. I think you've done a fantastic job, especially without practice. I may be trying this when I get home, what colours to use though? Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. hello annelise i've tagged u on a award check it out


  6. I think you did a great job. Toes look good too! Maybe you could have added some yellow to go along with your bouncing ball :)

  7. Thanks!! And Caneriva I'm glad you saw that and understood my joke :) hehe

  8. my fav print zebraaaa hihi oh btw i've tagged you on a award. i dunno if you already have this but you deserve to get one/another one =)



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