This is what I wore over the weekend.
These Ladybug Nails were so easy to do, and you just need 3 colours of polish. Chances are that you already have these in your stash.
If you’re looking for simple nail art, this is definitely it. There aren’t many steps, and you don’t have to be good at drawing. It’s just dots, stripes, and painting the tip of your nails.
Some designs are more complicated and can be a challenge replicating it using your non-dominant hand. The ladybug nail art is easy-peasy to do on both hands. You just need the right tools.
I got this idea from a cutepolish YouTube video, which I’ll link to at the bottom of my post.
Ladybug Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 2 coats of Nubar Sensual Red
- Eyes: OPI Alpine Snow (White)
- Head & Spots: China Glaze Liquid Leather (Black)
- Stripe: NYX Ink Nail Art (Black)
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Ladybug Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Nubar Sensual Red
- OPI Alpine Snow
- China Glaze Liquid Leather
- NYX Ink Nail Art (Black)
- Piece of foil
- Daniel Stone dotting tool #1
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Red
I applied 2 coats of Nubar Sensual Red. Wait 10-15 minutes to allow for this to dry a bit before proceeding to the next step.
Quickie Nubar Sensual Red Review
The formula was thin and extremely smooth. The first coat was very sheer and almost jellyish. The second coat built up the opacity. This polish was a dream to work with.
Step 3: Paint the Tips Black
I free-handed with China Glaze Liquid Leather. If you’re really concerned with getting a perfectly straight line, you could use tape. But I think it’s okay to just eyeball it. Plus it’s a lot faster.
Step 4: Add a Black Stripe Down the Middle
You could use a paintbrush dipped in black polish or a black nail-art pen. I used the NYX Ink Nail Art in Black. I find that long stripers are easier to use to create roughly straight lines. With a traditional paintbrush or pen, it’s harder.
Step 5: Add Black Dots
Add a few drops of black polish onto your piece of foil. Dip your dotting tool, end of a handle brush, or other tool and add the black dots. Try to do mirror images on both halves.
Step 6: Add the White Eyes
Put some white polish onto your piece of foil. Dip your dotting tool into it and add two white dots on the black tip. Wait about 10-15 minutes to allow for this to dry a little before continuing to the next step.
Step 7: Finish with Your Favourite Top Coat
I like to use a fast-dry top coat, but you can use any you’d like. Also feel free to try a matte top coat for a cool effect.
Step 8: Go ‘Bug’ Somebody
Have a Makeover Night with some of your friends and try this design on each others’ nails.
These Ladybug Nails are one of my all-time favourite designs because it’s so simple and quick to do, yet the results are pretty unique. It’s not often that you see someone with ladybugs on their nails.
And here’s the link I promised to the cutepolish Ladybug Nails YouTube tutorial.
Would you try this? What’s your favourite bug? Do you like ladybugs? Did you watch the 1992 movie, Ladybugs staring the late Jonathan Brandis?