Sorry I’ve kinda been MIA lately. I just started taking some classes for the first time in years, so between getting settled into that, my new love for boxing/kickboxing, working a few temp assignments, squeezing in boyfriend time, and simple exhaustion I’ve been naked for a while. Therefore I had nothing to post! I usually have a few backups in my drafts, but I’m tapped dry.
Onto todays mani….this is my most favorite nail art I’ve done since my Tim Burton mani way back. I’m so proud of this lil guy I created! I wanted to do a panda mani because my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend is tomorrow and pandas have a special meaning to us. I’m surprising him with this lil guy, so hopefully he doesn’t see my post before tomorrow
For my panda mani I used the following:
SOPI – Don’t Feed the Hand Models
Zoya – Snow White
Finger Paints – Black Expressionism
Finger Paints – Sexy Sundress
Say hello to my lil panda!
This is what I did:
I used 2 coats of Don’t Feed the Hand Models as a base because I wanted a neutral back ground. Plus it just so happens to be the first polish my boyfriend picked out for me during one of my “I don’t know what to buy, but I wanna buy something” moments at Sephora.
Bamboo – I applied Sexy Sundress with a very thin nail art brush. I made the bamboo in dashes to translate those big ridges that are naturally in bamboo…this was the easiest part.
Head – I free handed a kind of half moon on an angle at the opposite side of the nail with Snow White.
Ears – To keep the black for the ears from going over the white, I lined/marked the white part of the head where I wanted the ears to be with a thicker brush. I shaped them a little, but then rounded it out more with a dotting tool. I’m sure there’s an easier way of doing this, but I was kinda just going with it.
Eyes – Using a smaller dotting tool, I dotted/dragged to make more ovally eyes. Then dotted again in white and black with smaller dotting tools each time.
Nose/Mouth – Once again I dotted and dragged to make the nose and used a super thin nail art brush to make the mouth.
Isn’t he such a cutie? To give myself extra insurance I applied a coat of Seche top coat after almost every step. Incase I messed up I could easily clean it off without ruining the previous step. Seeing my macro shot of this I see how my ear lines aren’t crisp and straight…I guess I need a magnifying glass when I do nail art cause I didn’t see this at all. It’s too late to fix it now, but I still enjoy it. I hope you enjoy my lil nail art. I was tempted to paint bamboo on the other nails, but I like how he pops out so much all alone. Plus I didn’t want to push my nail art luck.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Pamper Your Piggies Giveaway!