How to: DIY Zebra-Print Nail Art
Mon, 15 October 2012 11:36AM
You might remember a few weeks ago, I posted a step-by-step tutorial on leopard-print nail art. While it has quickly become a favourite in my nail-art files, I feel it’s time to add another animal-inspired pattern to the repertoire.
I’ve always had a soft spot for zebra print. Lately more than ever. While it’s much more niche – and a little more out-there – than its cousin leopard, an increasing array of celebrities have worked the zebra-striped trend, including Nicole Richie, spotted in a mint-green-and-black Proenza Schouler sweater, and even Katherine Heigl, here in a one-shouldered dress at a photo-call in Berlin …
You could either go the classic – and literal – black-and-white take. Or, if this seems too stark, you could opt for a re-work of the traditional tones by using a bright shade (like red or blue) as the base, then painting black or white stripes as the contrast.
Here’s a step-by-step for you to recreate it at home:
Paint a thin coat of base coat.
I’m going with the traditional black and white, so for the base, I slicked on Orly’s Nail Lacquer in Dayglow, $18.95, 1300 769 355, a pure, streak-free white. I’d recommend not going too dark with your base shade, as the stripes may not show up strongly enough. Depending on your nail polish color and formulation, paint 1-2 thin coats. Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry – at least 10-15 minutes.
Pick up a paintbrush, preferably one with an extremely thin tip. They’re often called liners, and I got mine from an arts and craft store for around $2. Dip your paintbrush into your chosen stripe colour – I’m using Orly’s Liquid Vinyl, $18.95 – and wipe any excess on the rim of the bottle. Beginning on the left-hand side of nail, paint a thin stripe across to the right-hand side, without touching the edge or cuticle.
Then, repeat the process beginning from the right-hand side of the nail over to the left, leaving a small gap in between each stripe. Tip: don’t worry about keeping the lines perfect, you want them to look natural.
Keep painting the pattern up to your tips, and then continue it on your other nails. Or you could just keep it to one finger as a feature nail.
Wait for the nails to thoroughly dry and then add a light layer of top coat. Here’s the finished product:
Tell me, Primpers …
Are you a fan of zebra print? Which colour combination would you use?
I think I still love the classic black and white best.