Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Safari gradient nails

Hey beauties!

Today's nail art is safari nails I did for twinsietuesdaynailart, a weekly promt on IG hosted by @99probsbutmynailsaint1 There's a new prompt every week and I've tried doing most of them. 

Let's begin by showing you the inspiration photo I found. 

Isn't it lovely? I wanted to attempt doing something like this on my nails. It was a lot harder than I thought!

Here's what I used for this design:

Sinful Colors Snow Me White
OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?
Nicole by OPI My Sol Shines Brighter
Wet n Wild Sunny Side Up
China Glaze Fairy Dust
Seche Vite Top Coat
NYC matte me crazy
Kolinsky clean up brush 
Small brush 

Not pictured:
Latex free make up wedge
Bliss kiss simply peel latex barrier

Here is the gradient before adding the animal silhouettes.

I applied one coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White as my base. Then I applied the liquid latex around my cuticules for easy clean up. I grabbed my make up wedge and applied my three colors beggining with OPI at the top, then NOPI and then Wet n Wild. I rolled the sponge on my nail and added more polish to the sponge. Repeated this on all my nails. I did about three or four passes on all my nails (all 10 nails!). After my gradient was done with a clean side of the sponge I dabbed on some Fairy Dust at the top. I topped it all off Seche Vite top coat.

For the silhouettes I used black acrylic paint. I used a brush that came in a set I bought from Walmart, but I trimmed some of the bristles off to make it thinner. 
I drew some animal shapes and filled them in. I think I probably tried three times with each nail! It's a miracle I didn't just give up and threw everything away! Lol 

After all my "animal" shapes were done I top coated it all! (What animal is on my middle finger? Lol) 

Here's the final result.

I hated the glare so I made them matte. I liked it much better!

What do you guys think? Do they look like animals? 

Check out the hashtag #twinsietuesdaynailart on IG to see all of the art work that's been done by a ton of talented ladies! And follow Melanie if you aren't following her yet! 

Hope you guys liked this design. Thank you for reading and don't forget to follow me! See you next time! :)


  1. Fantastic mani! I thought the animals were stamps. That's incredible!