My hands are usually cold during this time of year, so I thought it would be a great idea to do Penguin Nails! (Also, one of my followers on beautylish requested that I do penguins sometime. I was happy to oblige!)
This look is extremely easy to do, but the finished design appears more complicated.
Like I always say, it’s about patience more than it is about skill. Don’t be intimidated by nail art!
(Check out my tutorial where I walk you through it with step-by-step written instructions and photographs.)
I really hope that you’ll try this design. And if you do, let me know how it goes!
Penguin Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nubar Foundation Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea
- Snow: China Glaze Snow
- OPI Black Onyx (black)
- China Glaze Snow (white)
- Orly Spark (yellow)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Penguin Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Use a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint the Base Colour
I chose China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea because it had a frosty, wintry feel to it. Plus it was light enough so that the black from the penguin would still stand out.
Although I used 3 coats, you could actually get away with just 2 coats.
Tip: You actually don’t need to paint your entire nail with this colour…only part of the blue shows, so consider saving your polish and painting just the top third of your nails.
Allow this to dry a bit for about 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Start the Penguin
Cover the remaining two third of your nails a black. Don’t worry if they’re not all even. When the design’s finished, any imperfections won’t be as noticeable. Plus penguins come in all shapes and sizes anyway.
Step 4: Make It Snow
Add a few drops of white polish onto your piece of foil, which you’ll use as a palette. (You can also use a plastic bag or anything that won’t absorb the polish or let it leak. Try not to use paper, as this wastes a lot of polish.)
Dip your dotting tool, the end of a make-up brush, a toothpick, or any other tool you have into the white polish. Add random dots over the blue sections.
Step 5: Add the Penguin’s Belly
Using a white polish, paint a semi-circle onto the bottom. You may need to go over this again to get it more opaque.
Step 6: Start the Eyes
Using your dotting tool (or other tool), dip it into some white polish on your piece of foil and add two dots per nail.
Step 7: Add a Beak
To help the beak stand out, I suggest using a yellow like I did or an orange. You could use a grey, but I just think a yellow is cuter.
This is how I got the shape of the beak. I dipped a very small dotting tool into the polish on a piece of foil. I started to make a dot where the base of the nose should start. Then, without lifting my tool, I dragged it over to the right side. The line naturally tapers.
(If you feel more comfortable using a nail-art brush for this, use it. I just found it easiest to use a dotting tool because it makes it look clean even if you have shaky hands.)
Step 8: Give Your Penguin Sight
Dip your dotting tool into some black polish on your piece of foil and carefully add a black dot on the white ones you created previously. Consider putting the pupils in different spots so that they’re looking around or looking at each other!
Step 9: Add a Top Coat
Is it cold where you are now? Do you think that penguins are cute or strange animals? Did you watch Happy Feet or March of the Penguins?
Edit: WOW! Guess what? China Glaze retweeted my penguin nail art to their followers! That made my day! I love companies that are so supportive.