Nail Art Tutorial: Frog Nails

Easy Frog Nails Nail Art Tutorial & SwatchHere are the Frog Nails I wore to IMATS Toronto (the event I recently blogged about).

Originally I wanted to do frog prince nails, but I misplaced my gold polish that I had planned to use for stamping on the crown. Other colours just weren’t right, so sadly, my green froggy had to be de-throned. (Hmm…suppose I could’ve just freehanded the crown, now that I think about it.)

I had also planned to stamp on some lips on an accent nail to make it look like he was gonna get his kiss.

On the upside, Mr. Frog wasn’t looking forward to smooching all those females who only thought they were princesses. ;)

This frog nail art is really easy to do, and I think it would be really fun if you did unconventional frogs in pink or purple instead of the traditional green like I did.

Also, consider painting on some flies for your accent nails with dotted lines to show their flight pattern. I think that would be so fun!

Come see how you can put some ribbit on your digits! ;)

Frog Nails Swatches

All swatches have:

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Frog Nails Nail Art Tutorial & Swatches

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Nail Art Tutorial Frog Nails & Pictures

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Flash Froggy Nails Easy Nail Art Tutorial

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Flash Green Frog Nails How to Tutorial & Pics

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Natural Light Frog Face Nail Art Tutorial & Photos

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Natural Light Froggy Nails Easy Nail Tutorial

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Frog Nail Art Tutorial & Pictures China Glaze Glittering Garland Swatch

Sunlight

Flash Green Frog Nails Nail-Art Tutorial & Picture

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Natural Light Froggie Face Nail Art Tutorial & Swatch

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*~* Nail Art Tutorial *~*

Frog Nails Tutorial Supplies

What I Used:

  1. Nubar Foundation Base Coat
  2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  3. China Glaze Glittering Garland
  4. OPI Green-Wich Village
  5. OPI Alpine Snow
  6. China Glaze Liquid Leather
  7. Daniel Stone Art Tool #1
  8. Daniel Stone Art Tool #5
  9. Piece of foil

Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

Step 2: Paint Your Nails with Your Choice of Background Colour

I was already wearing China Glaze Glittering Garland (which I swatched and reviewed), so I got to skip this step and continued painting the design on top of my old manicure to spruce it up.

Wait a good 10 minutes or so to allow your polish to dry a little before continuing to the next step if you freshly painted your nails.

Sunlight China Glaze Glittering Garland Review & Swatch

2 coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland (Sunlight)

Step 3: Start Mr. Frog’s Face

You don’t have to be really precise with this, but just paint maybe a third of the bottom of your nails as shown below. They don’t all have to be perfect and symmetrical. There are all different kinds of frogs out there. ;)

If your green was like mine, you may need to use two coats to achieve a more opaque look.

Frog Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Start the Eye Area

Add a few drops of the same colour you used for your frog’s face onto the piece of foil. Dip your dotting tool, the end of your makeup brush handle, or other tools you may have into the polish and add two large dots. Go over with a second coat if necessary for better opacity.

I liked the look of them when the two circles are touching, but if you prefer, you can make them separate.

Wait about 8 or so minutes to allow this to dry a little before continuing to the next step.

Frog Nail Art Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Add the Whites of the Eyes

Put a few drops of white polish onto your piece of foil and dip your dotting tool into it. Add two slightly smaller dots over the green ones you just made. Try not to cover up the green. You’ll want the green to outline the white dots.

For these, I chose to space them apart.

Frog Nail Art Tutorial Step 5

Not sure if you can see, but the green polish bubbled really badly on me at this point. That’s okay if it happens to you. You could always say that they’re toad nails instead. Hehe!

Step 6: Add Mr. Frog’s Nostrils

You could use a striper to paint on two nostrils. I didn’t, though. Instead, I added some black polish onto a piece of foil and then dragged my dotting tool to create those lines.

You may want to add circular nostrils, but I really liked the way the vertical lines looked, even if it exaggerated the frog’s nose.

Frog Nail Art Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: Add Pupils

Add some black nail polish onto your piece of foil and dip your dotting tool into it. Add a smaller dot within the white ones you made.

To be safe, I suggest waiting 20 minutes or longer to allow all this to dry before proceeding to the next step. I waited about 15 minutes, and that wasn’t long enough to prevent the pupils from smearing in the end.

Frog Nail Art Tutorial Step 7

Step 8: Add a Glossy Top Coat

Will you be trying these frog nails or even the frog prince nail art I initially wanted to do? Do you like toads or frogs more? Do you think it’s not easy being green?

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22 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Frog Nails

  1. Carmela

    This reminds me of a Sanrio character that I really liked when I was younger, Kerokeropi (http://waty.student.umm.ac.id/files/2011/07/kero-kero-keropi.png)! I even had a green Kerokeropi school bag. I would totally recreate this but make it look more Kerokeropi-like. Thanks for bringing back fond childhood memories, Mary! :D (I’d all but forgotten about him till I saw your nail art!)
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Hehe, Kerokeropi looks SO CUTE! You could just add some rosy cheeks and a smile to turn this into that character. Great idea! You should totally do it and show me. I bet it’d turn out awesome. You’re really great at nail art!

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  2. Marta

    OMG! I want to adopt each one of these! How much for the set? Sooo unbelievably cute! I’d pay to be green if I could be guaranteed that level of cuteness (no crown needed) lol
    It would have been funny to stamp LIPS onto one of the frogs… kind of a make-up-loving frog lol!
    I think this is sooo fun and creative and with your easy steps you do make it look easy…
    There is something about the sound (that deep throat puffed thing that toads do) that I’m not a huge fan of… although I like listening to them regardless (their deep throated mating call back and forth)… lol
    It’s like eavesdropping… lol!
    Oh… yeah… I’ve digressed

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Hehe, now I’m picturing you all green! :) Actually, you should be picturing me green because that’s how I appear when I look at your lovely nails! (Don’t worry – I don’t snack on flies…yet. Hopefully never, though.)

      Aww…yes, very cute! A little lipstick on one would’ve been a nice touch indeed!

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  3. Vivian

    aww this is so cute! except if I stare at it for too long, the nose starts to scare me. Not sure why! :O You should submit this to OPI’s muppets contest on Facebook for kermit’s week.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Vivian!

      Hahahahaha, my frogs are intimidating! Yes, their nostrils sure are powerful…known to suck the life out of people. :P Watch out!

      Oh, I didn’t even know that OPI has a contest on Facebook! Thanks for letting me know. I may enter.

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  4. maddy

    These nails are adorable. I just did them and are waiting for them to dry while typing these. I don’t have these colors so I’m using my own. Like Marta said, it would be nice to add lips for a make up lover or just to make them look more girly.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      WOW! I’m so flattered that you decided to recreate them so quickly! That’s the biggest compliment. THANK YOU!

      Did you take any photos? I’d love to see yours, especially because you used different colours!

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