Nail Art Tutorial: Octopus Nails

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial & SwatchesMy previous nail art post featured alien cow nails! Today, I bring you another funky manicure – Octopus Nails!

The quirkier the manicure, the happier I am, apparently. :)

Do you stick to classic manicures, or do weird nails like these excite you, too?

Want to know what inspired this manicure? True story: an octopus actually predicted the soccer World Cup champions!

His name’s Paul the Octopus, and if you want to read about this incredible sea creature who should’ve been named Zoltar instead, keep reading. I’ll provide a link at the bottom of this post.

Octopus Nail Art Swatches

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Octopus Sea Creature Nail Art Tutorial & Pictures

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Cute Nail Art Octopus Nails & Tutorial

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Octopus Nails Nail Art Tutorial & Pictures

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Octopus Nails Tutorial & Swatches

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Octopus Sea Creature Nail Art Tutorial & Pictures

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How to Octopus Nail Art Tutorial & Pictures

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*~* Nail Art Tutorial: Octopus Nails *~*

Octopus Nail Tutorial & Pictures

 

 

What I Used:

  1. OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
  2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  3. OPI Alpine Snow
  4. OPI What’s with the Cattitude?
  5. China Glaze Grape Pop
  6. China Glaze Liquid Leather
  7. NYX Ink Nail Art (Black)
  8. Piece of foil
  9. Nail art brush
  10. Dotting tool

Get ready all of your supplies, unscrew all your bottles, and get nice and comfy!

Step 1: Apply Your Base Coat

Step 2: Apply Your Base Color

I chose to use a light-blue polish to mimic a cartoonish sea so the purple octopus would stand out in contrast, but you can use any color you desire!

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 1

Click here to see a thorough review and more swatches of OPI What’s with the Cattitude? here!

Step 3: Create the Octopus Body

Using the brush from the nail polish bottle, make some blobs on each nail. I used China Glaze Grape Pop.

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 2

Step 4: Add Octopus Arms

Using a nail-art brush, create some squiggly lines for arms. Yes, an octopus is supposed to have 8 arms, but I felt that 5 fit better on each of my small nails. Add as many as you think look good.

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

 

Step 5: Add black shadows to each of the arms

I used the NYX Nail Art Striper in Black. It adds a little extra dimension. This step is optional.

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 4

 

Step 6: Add tentacles

Add a few drops of black-creme polish onto the piece of foil. Dip your dotting tool into the polish and add tentacles on top of the arm shadows you created.

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 5

 

Step 7: Add the whites of the eyes

Put some white-creme polish onto the piece of foil. Using your dotting tool, add the whites for the eyes.

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 6

 

Step 8: Add the Mouth

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 7

 

Step 9: Add pupils

Octopus Nail Art Tutorial Step 8

 

Step 10: Add top coat

Wait about 10-15 minutes before you add a top coat or you’ll risk smearing the design.

Step 11: Read about Paul the Octopus

Do you like silly nail art like this? Do octopi kinda gross you out? Do the eyes look weird?

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10 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Octopus Nails

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Katie!

      Thanks – I have some more ideas coming up for silly nail art, so keep your eyes peeled like a banana for them. ;)

      Reply
    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kelsy!

      That’s really sweet of you to say that! :) I wouldn’t say that I’m good at painting, but I do put in the effort. :) Thank you for appreciating it.

      Reply

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