So, for this manicure you will need the following:
- Base colour (I've chosen Too Yacht To Handle, but just pick any colour you like really, as long as it will contrast nicely with the colour of your owls)
- Colour for your owl (I've chosen a brown shade)
- Black polish
- White polish
- Colour for owls chest (I've chosen Heli-Yum, That's Shore Bright, Flip Flop Fantasy and Towel Toy Boy)
- Colour for spots on owls chest (I've used a mixture of the above)
- Colour for your owls beak, or triangle shaped rhinestones
- Ring-reinforcers (you can pick these up in the supermarket really cheap)
- Dotting tools
- Top coat
Next, take your ring-reinforcers and position them at the base of your nail.
Then, using the polish colour you have chosen for your owl's body, paint the tips of your nails. Make sure you completely cover your tips, including the sides, so you get the shape of your owl painted on.
Now, you can either rip the reinforcers off while the polish is still wet, or wait thirty five billionty years for the polish to be completely dry. If you rip them off when the polish is tacky, you won't get a crisp line. For the purpose of this demonstration I've shown you all of my nails painted at once, but it is possibly easier to position all the reinforcers on, then paint a nail, and rip off the reinforcer immediately from each nail as you go along.
Now, use the polish you have chosen for your owls chest, and paint a small semi-circle at the tip of your nail. I've chosen loads of different colours to show that really, any colour combination will work here.
Then, take your white polish and a large dotting tool and place dots for your owl's eyes.
Place a dot inside the eyes using black polish.
Now, you want to add some spots on the owl's chest. I've just used contrasting colours so that they show up. What you need to do is make sure you've left space for your beak, and then do a small row of three dots, then a small row of two dots.
Next, we want to finish the owls off with a beak. I decided to use a triangle shape diamante as I thought that would look pretty cool, however you can just paint a small beak using a small dotting tool. I waited until my nails were dry completely, and top coated, then positioned the diamante onto my nail. Be careful here, as if your polish is still a bit wet, you can end up dragging the design.
So there we have it! Owl nails! These are super easy, right? I also think they work well in pretty much any colour combination.
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