You’ll remember that I blogged about painting my guy friends’ nails before. Well, ever since then, I’ve been itching to do it again. And I did!
The Sheep Nail Art you see was the result of a very fun painting session!
I actually had this design in my head for quite some time and had wanted to do it on my own nails, but I was just too busy.
(In addition to having a full-time job, I’m also a professional freelance writer on the side. Haha, it feels like I’m always working! But when I have spare time, I squeeze in socializing with friends, daily blogging, and knitting.)
So when I was chilling with this guy, I was thrilled when he agreed to not only let me paint a sheep nail design on him, but also publish it on Swatch And Learn. Also, he wanted to confirm that he could remove it immediately after. (Haha, no, nail polish isn’t permanent!) So, just a few seconds after this little sheep was born, it was axed. Poor baby!
Keep reading this blog post because I show you step-by-step with written instructions and fun photos of this man’s thumb nail to help you recreate the look (or to help you convince the guys in your life to not take themselves too seriously).
P.S. Funny thing is that he actually pointed out that I got some of the blue polish on his skin. And then he also mentioned that the sheep was missing its ear. Hahaha! Sorry that your first nail-art experience wasn’t perfect, Mr. Brawny Man! I’ll do better next time. Because…oh yeahhhh, there’ll be a next time…and another time after that…and another….Hehehehe! Practice makes perfect, right? Right! (He’s actually a professional artist, so that’s why he was very observant of my nail-painting flaws. Haha, he’s not a jerk.)
P.P.S. I would make a terrible nail technician. The entire time, I was smiling and giggling! I just couldn’t keep quiet no matter how hard I tried.
Sheep Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- Background: Illamasqua Noble (This was provided by Illamasqua)
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Green
- OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
- China Glaze Snow (for fluffy body)
- China Glaze Liquid Leather (for eye)
- Milani Nail Art Black Sketch (for legs) – This was provided by PR.
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Sheep Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Since my friend never had his nails painted before (except when I do it for him), he was interested to learn about the existence of a base coat.
Haha, when I told him how it prevents staining, especially with certain polish colours like blue, red, and yellow that are notorious for staining, he was verrrrrry glad that I had used it on his nail. He didn’t want to have to explain to his family and friends why one nail was blue.
Step 2: Apply a Bright Blue Background
I chose to use Illamasqua Noble because you’ll remember how much I loved it when I previously reviewed it on here. It applies so well, and it’s the perfect bright-blue sky shade.
My friend was satisfied with the way it looked at just one coat, but I insisted on painting a second coat. (You know how I am. I just can’t paint a single coat, even if it’s very opaque with one.)
Step 3: Create the Fluffy Sheep’s Body & Head
Add some white nail polish onto your piece of foil. Then dip your dotting tool, the end of a bobby pin, or the end of an old makeup brush into the white polish. Create several dots in a cloud-like shape – one big one, and a smaller one.
The big one will represent the body, and the small one will be the head.
Tip: If you want to add ears to your sheep (I didn’t bother), I suggest using a grey shade so it’s still soft, but it’ll have definition against the white head.
Step 4: Add Some Grass
When I pulled out the green polish, my friend wondered why. Haha, and when I told him it was for the grass so that the sheep could stand comfortably, he said that it was okay if it was a flying sheep. (Haha! Nice try to get out of wearing more polish, dude. You signed up for it, so there’s no turning back. I’m going full throttle.)
For the grass, I used a nail-art striper so that I could easily paint on the blades of grass. It was very fast – literally took 3 seconds. The blades don’t have to be perfect.
Step 5: Add the Sheep’s Legs
Using a black nail striper, I added 4 vertical lines to represent the legs.
Step 6: Give Your Sheep Sight
You could just use your striper to add the eye, but I wanted the eye to be perfectly round, so I used my dotting tool dipped into some black.
Step 7: Add More Detail to the Grass
I took some of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, and put it onto the piece of foil. Then I added some white, and ran my green striper brush in it to get a variety of shades of green on it. Then, I just went over the dark-green grass. By doing this, you add a little more dimension so the grass isn’t so flat.
After this step, make sure that you wait at least 15 minutes to allow your design to dry before proceeding. You may want to even wait longer if the layers of polish are thick.
Step 8: Apply a Top Coat
I was sooooo tempted to also paint on a yellow sun in the top-right corner with rays shining down, but I decided against it. Wanted to keep the design simple. (But that shouldn’t stop you from adding your own sun!)
My friend and I chill every so often, and I was thinking it might be neat to start a little series on here where I do nail art on his nail. Haha, he seemed unsure if he wanted to participate so often, but we’ll see if I can work my magic and convince him once again.
It was so much fun painting his thumb nail because it was so wide (compared to mine), and it’s also flat, unlike my curved nails. So I found it easier to paint his nails. Nice canvas! Hehe!
Have you ever done nail art on the men in your life? Are you a man who wears nail polish or nail art? Would you sport this sheep nail art?