Tiger Nail Art Re-Visited

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I did this manicure before Easter, but am just NOW getting to post it.  I was going to post them in between St. Patrick's Day and Easter,but then I realized that these two holidays were about a week and a half apart.  Plus I had my disasticure issue before Easter which made me start Easter nails early, and well I had to fit all those in.  Oh, the first world problems of a nail blogger.

I've been very excited to share this manicure with you, as they mean a lot to me.  Last year, when I started blogging they were my very first original manicure.  Devotees will remember my Tiger Nails from last February.  A few months later, I took this manicure and created my first Photoshop Tutorial.  Both posts were a big step for me and the blog which were just starting out.  Ever since October, these nails have been in the back of my mind and I kept wanting to re-try them.  I had big plans to re-do them exactly one year from the original post date, but I had so many other manicure ideas, the anniversary of them came and left.  Regardless, I had to re-attempt.  

I sat down, looked at my own tutorial, and re-did them!!!  I can't wait to show you guys!!!!  Let's take a look!!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Lianne
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • Ulta - Snow White
Cute, right?  As always, Zoya Lianne is pure perfection in a bottle.  With two coats, I had complete, shimmery tangerine nails, but decided I really wanted the orange to stand out so I applied three.  This is one of my favorite orange polishes, and I think one of Zoya's best kept secrets.  Not many bloggers have this polish, and to me, it's one of those must haves.  Head on over and get yourself a bottle!!!!

Instead of re-writing out how I did these nails, I'll include the tutorial here again....

Free Hand Tiger Design:
  1. Start with a base coat of your favorite orange polish.  For mine, I used Zoya Lianne.
  2. With a toothpick, start stippling on black wavy lines with a black polish.  I start at the base of the nail and work my way towards the tip.  I also start from the outer edge and move my way in.
  3. Add little connecting lines from the other lines to fill in the gaps and create more of a animal look.
  4. Let dry and finish with a top coat.
Free Hand Tiger Faces:
  1. Start with a base coat of your favorite orange polish.
  2. With your favorite white polish, paint on the circular head.  If you do not feel comfortable paiting on the head, you can use the dotting tool to outline and fill the rest in.  The head goes at the tip of the nail.
  3. With a dotting tool, add the eyes with a white polish.  If you do not have a dotting tool, a tooth pick will work the same.
  4. With the dotting tool (or tooth pick), add the black on the eyes, nose, and whiskers.  With a tooth pick, stipple on the mouth.
  5. With a tooth pick, add tiger lines as you did for the tiger design on the other nails.
  6. Let dry, and finish with a top coat.
What do you think??  Better than last years tigers??  Have you tried the tigers or are you planning on trying them??  Would you like to see more tutorials??

I'm just so proud of these nails.  I can truly see through this post and last years that I have grown as a nail artist.  My cuticles are cleaner, my nails are longer, the lines are straighter....just all around better looking!!!

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I have!!!!  Until next time, <3.

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    1. Thanks Gina!!!! Still loving your watermark you made me too <3

  2. Oh my gosh your nails look in much better condition now than they did in your original post! I like both designs, but can see how far you've come! Brilliant, and fab tutorial x x x


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