Worn by celebrities such as Rihanna, zebra nail art is a fun and funky ingredient for spicing up any outfit.
Zebra nail art looks great on any nail length and can be created to cover the entire nail, sections of the nail or even just the tip of the nail for a French manicure with punch.
From traditional black and white tones – which complement any outfit colour choice – to mixed highlights, this creative print looks complicated but can actually be achieved at home thanks to these easy-to-follow nail vamping steps.
What you’ll need:
1) A white base coat.
2) Black nail art design polish. The Art Decor brand, found at Farmers and pharmacies, is specifically designed for drawing on nails and comes with a long, thin application brush.
Alternatively, a standard black nail polish and a thin eyeliner make-up brush will do the trick - and tooth picks can be used for those teeny tiny pinky fingers.
3) Clear nail varnish.
1) Start with clean, buffed, shaped nails. This means no month-old peeled nail polish stains and a little tidying up with a nail file.
If your black nail polish appears thick, add a few drops of nail polish remover into the bottle to unclog it, otherwise you will have a hard time getting delicate lines later on.
2) Apply white nail polish to nails, using two coats to ensure it will stand out bright under the black. Allow to dry completely before racing for that crafty looking black polish bottle.
3) Take the thin black polish brush and carefully draw a thin black line from the edge of the nail inwards. Sweep the line towards the middle of the nail and stop when the line reaches about half way. Continue down the same side of the nail with similar lines, and then repeat on the opposite side of the nail.
4) When you have finished the first hand, wait a few minutes before starting the next one.
5) Once both hands are ENTIRELY dry in their zebra-brilliance, cover nails with a thin layer of clear nail varnish to secure the pattern and add a finishing shine.
For a full video demonstration click here.
* Tip: If neccessary, follow a zebra print image when drawing the lines to get a feel for how they should look.
Remember – animal prints are not actually perfectly alligned or exactly the same, so it is completley ok if your lines are different (whether intentional or not!) With this design you have the freedom to place lines in any place, in any way, you want.
What do you think of zebra print nail designs?
What animal print nail tips do you have?