Monday, 30 December 2013

Black & White Nail Art With The Polish Party: Zebras

Hi everyone! Today I've created a mani for The Polish Party's December instalment. This month's theme is 'Black & White', which I first assumed to be pretty simple, but in fact turned out to be rather tricky. There's only so much you can do with two colours, and I decided to challenge myself further by not allowing the use of any extras, like gems and glitter. After a bit of pondering, I decided to try a zebra design. Rather than sticking to zebra stripes on all of my nails, I thought I'd attempt to add a face in as well. I'm not really that pleased with this design, partly because I painted the eyes too big so there wasn't any room left for a nose, and also because I ran out of top coat so the final product is a bit bumpy and lacks a good finish. Never mind. I'm not exactly selling this manicure am I?! Anyway, keep on reading for a few more pictures and details...

The polishes I used are Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' and 'Black On Black'. I applied three coats of white, and once dry, I added the details using a fine paintbrush. I hunted Google Images for some inspiration, and picked the zebra that appealed to me the most (there are a lot of zebras on there). For my thumb, index and little finger nails, I picked a small section from an area of the zebra and then copied the stripe pattern from that. 

For the eyes, I painted a small circle and then gradually thickened it up until I was happy with the size (though, as I said, I wish I had done them smaller). Then I added the other details, including a 'glint' in white. I painted more zebra stripes around the eyes, trying my best to replicate the zebra's face and create a 'rounded' look. Since I'd run out of my favourite Essie 'Good To Go', I used Jessica quick-drying oil to try and speed up the drying process and protect the design. I really recommend this product if you're in a rush, but I still don't think it matches up to the lovely smooth finish of Essie's top coat.

What do you think? I'm probably being a bit hard on myself when I judge this manicure, as it still looks pretty effective in the photos, especially with the contrast of colours. Next time I will definitely shrink the eyes and add in a nose, or maybe limit the face to one nail, and then attempt a full zebra on my thumb. Make sure you check out the rest of the Polish Party girls' black and white manis!


  1. You did that freehand? Wow! It looks really good.

  2. I think you're definitely being too hard on yourself with this, I think these are amazing :)

  3. I love these! After my one zebra nail on my animal print manicure a little while back a totally am in awe about how neat these are! I really was not a fan of the zebra pattern! x

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  5. Your nail art is amazing!

    x x

  6. What a great gift idea! these are too cute. love them!

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