So a couple of days ago Leanne sent me an email with a photo attached of someones nails with penguins on the nails....and as penguins are my favourite animals I knew I just HAD to have a go. The original picture (which I would post on here but I don't know who to give credit to and I don't want to get into trouble...) was done with a pale blue background with the penguins on the index and ring finger and the orange was more of an apricot colour. I really liked the picture but as I like to use pictures more for inspiration rather than to directly copy them, I decided to go with a classic penguin look...
I used Rimmel 60 Second in 800 Black Out for the base colour and I did this the night before so that it was completely dry for the white colour to go on. The white is an LCN one that came in one of my Jolie Boxes but doesn't have a colour name on it. Doing a little google search, I think it might be one of the "Free Your Mind" collection which is called 331 Free Your Mind. It's a gorgeous white shade with an amazing shimmer going through it. I wasn't sure when I first got it and actually left it in the box for about 2 months but now I've completely fallen in love with it! I was going to use my ELF white polish but I loved the thought of a little shimmer for the penguin body! I did these free hand and as I'm not an amazing artist they aren't as round as they probably could be but I was a little impressed with my efforts! The eyes I did with the same black and I just used a dotting tool for these (I say "dotting tool"...my lovely Mum recently got a new embossing tool for her card making and let me use her old one for my nail art. It's double ended so you can get small dots and larger dots and is amazing for nail art! It kind of looks like this) The orange is a 17 limited edition Miami Pop colour in Down Town. I did the beaks by putting a bit of polish on a cocktail stick and pressing it onto my nail gently (I'm sure there is a better way to do this, but I did this early this morning and I couldn't think of anything else to use!) For the feet I just used the bigger side of my dotting tool.
Obviously my nails needed a bit more of a tidy up, which I did before work/picked at my nails at work (it was fairly dead this morning...) but what do you guys think? I'm not going to lie, I think they are SUPER cute!! I bloody love penguins so was so happy at work today being able to look down at these cheeky little cuties! I did the same with my other hand too and I'm trying to think about other animals I could paint on my nails.....or other designs....any ideas??
Until next time,