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Snakeskin Manicure Snake Print Nails DIY

I designed a real snakeskin manicure (made from natural snake sluff) a few months ago, and while it makes a statement, it wasn’t very wearable. It’s perfect for one night out, but it wears off too quickly because of the texture and I’ve been promising y’all a faux snakeskin manicure ever since. I was flipping through my Bundle Monster plates recently and realized that it included a snakeskin image plate so I got to stamping.

To get the snakeskin manicure:

  1. Start with a clear base coat followed by two coats of white polish. This layer doesn’t have to be perfect, as we’ll be sponging and stamping over it. I used China Glaze Snow.
  2. Paint a small amount of polish on a sponge. I cut a corner out of a kitchen sponge. A medium brown works best so that it is a shade that contrasts against the light white and dark black. I used Essie Case Study.
  3. Sponge on a thin layer of the brown polish allowing some of the base color to show through.
  4. Using a stamping kit, stamp on the snake pattern. I used Bundle Monster image plate 215 and Konad black polish. You want to get the design all the way to the edges of your nails, so don’t worry about getting the polish on your fingers. It’s easy to clean up.
  5. To avoid smearing the design, allow the pattern to dry for a few minutes before applying a clear quick dry top coat.
  6. Using a short nail art brush and nail polish remover, clean the polish off your fingers and cuticles.

Here are a few manis that inspired this post, besides my own snakeskin manicure, of course :) – very emily and my good friend xoxo, Trina. Is this a manicure you would try? It’s so fun and I can’t wait to show it off today!

Also, just a quick note to let you all know that Fab Fatale is now on Pinterest. I hope you’ll join me!

Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Your Thoughts?

  • Melany

    You are so amazing with manicures & Konading! Once my stamping skills get better, I’m going to try this one!

  • I looks amazing! It’s almost identical to mine Haha. The only difference being we used a different brown :) Love it!

    • jennifer

      YES, in fact, my how to was actually inspired by your fishscale manicure lol. the inspiration goes round and round!

  • Gorgeous!! They’re so pretty!!!!

    • jennifer

      thank u! so happy you like! hope you’ll try it :)

  • Very Emily

    Thanks so much for linking my blog! (: absolutely love your snakeskin manicure!

    • jennifer

      you’re so welcome! thank u so much for the inspiration :) LOVE ur mani :)

  • Amazing!! absolutely gorg!

  • Ally

    Love this! Whenever I try to stamp it comes out disastrous. Maybe because I don’t have the Konad polish? I try using anything thats really pigmented but so far I just can’t get the polish onto the stamp!

    • jennifer

      hey ally! so happy you love the mani! thanks so much! yes, konad polishes do work best so i would only invest n them for the basic (often used) colors like red for the holidays, black and white. the only non-konad polishes that seem to work well are metallics. some china glaze metallics, not the shimmery ones, work really well. i hope this helps :)

  • I absolutely love this! Very clever.

    • jennifer

      thanks! im so happy you like it :)

  • Stacey

    Beautiful. I am waiting for my set of plates to arrive in the post.

  • Kam

    I Loveee this! I am going to add it to my list of manicures to try!

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