November 6, 2011
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Sponge on a thin layer of the brown polish allowing some of the base color to show through.
- 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.
- To avoid smearing the design, allow the pattern to dry for a few minutes before applying a clear quick dry top coat.
- 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.