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All Hallow’s Eve is fast approaching and so I wanted to share a fun Halloween nail art tutorial to get you in the mood. I was having a hunt through Pinterest (are you following me?) for some ideas, and I came across this cute black cat design by Simply Rins and wanted to replicate it (and teach you how to as well)…
Before you begin the nail art, apply your base coat and two coats of your base polish – I chose a neon yellow for something bright and fun, and Penny put white underneath to make the colour really pop. Make sure your polish is completely dry before you begin adding nail art!
STEP ONE: Using a dotting tool (or the blunt end of a brush, or even the ball tip of a bobby pin – I’ve tried both and they work just as well!), create an oval for your cat’s head.
STEP TWO: Using a thin brush, draw the cat’s neck and shoulders in a T shape. You can adjust the shape of his shoulders to fit the shape of your nail.
STEP THREE: Using the tip of a fine brush, draw on the cat’s whiskers. Make sure you keep them as thin as possible – if you don’t have a fine brush you could try using the sharp end of a pin or needle instead, just make sure that you don’t apply too much pressure when using it to do the lines.
STEP FOUR: Give your cat some ears. Keep them small and triangular shaped, on the outer aspects of the top of his head. Let your nails dry to the touch before moving on to the next step.
STEP FIVE: Using your dotting tool (or brush end or bobby pin), add two white dots for the cat’s eyes. Make sure you keep them small (unless you want a wide eyed Felix the Cat look!). Let these dry to the touch.
STEP SIX: Add in the cat’s pupils. You can either do a black dot or a thin black stripe, depending on the look you’re going for. Let your nails dry to the touch before adding your top coat, otherwise the details in your design could bleed – not what you want after you’ve gone to all that hard work!
By changing little details (head size, eye size and direction, and whisker size), Penny has given each of my cats it’s own personality. That’s one of the things I love about hand painted nail art – it’s so individual!
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