June 5, 2011
My buds, knowing the manicure addict that I am, love to share fun outrageous ideas with me. My good friend Kathy was watching The Today Show (video below) and they were doing an authentic snakeskin manicure that costs $300 in salons! How wild is that, literally?!? Kathy sent me the link and I was WAY way excited about the idea, but I really didn’t want to use real snakeskin and have PETA come after me lol. I’m not sure if they used snakeskin on The Today Show; however, we were able to recreate the look using snake sluff that snakes shed naturally. Kathy was on the phone with her friend Heather, that works with animals, and had secured us some gray rat snake sluff within the hour lol. Try calling local pet stores if you don’t have your own snakeskin hookup lol.
Snakeskin DIY Ingredients:
- Real Snakeskin (Snake Sluff)
- A Base Coat
- A Base Color
- Thick Clear Top Coat
- Small Scissors
Kathy had the idea just in time for my sisters visit – my sister Lauren is the queen of the infamous lace manicure and feather manicure. A little yucked out by using real snakeskin, I assured Lauren that the snakes were as clean as they could get, as they were kept by animal lovers, so after our initial freakout, we got right to work.
We started with a Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen’s Petal Pusher pink (last seen here). Next, each piece of snake was trimmed to the size of my nails. Each nail was painted with Seche Vite Top Coat, and before it could dry, the snake was placed on the nail and then secured with another top coat. Because of the texture, I really couldn’t wear this for longer than a couple of days, but it is perfect for a night out or special occasion!
Can you believe that we recreated a $300 salon manicure for free, using nail polish we already had and free snake sluff? What do you think of this snakeskin manicure? Is this something you would try?