Here 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:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of China Glaze Glittering Garland
- Frog Face: OPI Green-Wich Village
- Eyes: OPI Alpine Snow (white) & China Glaze Liquid Leather (black)
- Nostrils: China Glaze Liquid Leather (black)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?