Nail Art Tutorial: Snake Nails

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PhotosHello, dear Ssswatch And Learn readersss!

Recently, I was contacted by Nicole by OPI’s PR team and invited to participate in a nail-art challenge.

Using only 2 shades, Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights and Nicole by OPI Spring Break, me and a few other bloggers were asked to create a summer manicure.

I already had the 2 colours from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection, so I took the challenge. 🙂 (It’s the first nail competition I’ve ever entered!)

The winner will receive a prize pack as well as a featured spot on the website! The public will vote on their favourites to crown the winner. (When I get the link to the voting page, I’ll be sure to let you all know!) Edit: See the link below to vote now!

Here’s the simple look that I came up with. I’m calling this freehand snake nail art It’sss Sssummer! 😉

I think it’s an appropriate summer manicure because it’s bright, quirky, happy, and fun – characteristics that I associate with the season. It also serves as a reminder to make the most of warm weather…before it slithers away! 😉

Also, I chose to make my snake polite – it kept its tongue inside, thank you very much! Hehe!

It’s a spin-off of my freehand Loch Ness Monster nail art that I did back in 2011.

Edit: Please VOTE FOR ME in this Nicole by OPI Canada Blogger Challenge before July 19, 2013! (Thank you!)

STEP 1: Go to this link.
STEP 2: “Like” my snake nail-art photo

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*~* Snake Nail Art Tutorial *~*

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial

What I Used:

  1. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strenghtener (Used as a base coat)
  2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  3. Nicole by OPI Spring Break
  4. Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights
  5. Daniel Stone Art Tool #2
  6. Zip-lock plastic bag

Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

Lately, I’ve been trying out OPI Nail Envy, which is actually a nail strengthener that doubles as a base coat. 

I’ve used tons of different base coats, and I have to say that so far, this one’s working out really well. It has protected my nails against a lot of darker polishes. Might just be my new favourite base coat!

But I can’t tell whether it strengthens the nails since I’ve always had pretty strong nails (thanks to genetics).

Step 2: Paint the Background

I opted for a bright yellow background so that the snake could stand out more. You know how snakes are – those attention seekers! 😉 Hehe!

This is Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights. I used 3 coats.

You don’t have to use yellow. Come up with your own fun combinations – they’re your nails! 🙂 Go nuts! Life is too short to play by strict rules when it comes to nail art.

Be sure to wait about 8-10 minutes before proceeding to the next step. The base colour doesn’t have to be dry. It just shouldn’t be fresh and wet.

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 2

3 coats of Nicole by OPI Hit the Lights

Step 3: Start Painting the Snake’s Body

Now comes the really fun part! The ssssssssnake!

I wanted it to slither across all of my nails. To do this, I started by painting the head on my index finger. I used the brush right from the Nicole by OPI Spring Break bottle and then added a diagonal line to represent the arched neck.

On my middle and ring fingers, I painted upside-down “U”s. Then, I added a perky little tail on my pinkie.

Tip: I found it easiest to paint the upside down “U”s in several short strokes. I mean ssseveral ssshort ssstrokes. 😉

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Give Your Snake Some Acupuncture (Hehe!)

I put some yellow polish onto my Ziplock plastic bag. You could use a palette, a piece of foil, an old plastic bag, or anything that won’t let the polish seep through.

Using a small dotting tool, add tiny dots all along the back of your little Mr. Snakey Snake.

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Start Giving Mr. Snakey Snake Some Sight

Using a larger dotting tool, the back of an old makeup brush, or even the end of a cheap art brush from the Dollar Store, dot on some yellow for the eyeball.

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Add the Pupil

Using the smaller dotting tool (the one you used for the dots on the back), add a pink pupil.

Wait a while before adding a top coat, or you’ll risk smudging all your hard work. (I suggest waiting a minimum of 30 minutes, but if you do more time, it’ll be even safer.)

Snake Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: Add a Top Coat

To further avoid smudging, get a large bead of top coat on your brush, and when you spread it over your nail, try to barely touch your nail with the actual brush. Just let the polish flow over your nail. I’ve had the best results with this method.

Nostalgia Lane:

One of my funny memories of my father was when we were in a pet store. I think I was 9 years old.

I’m scared of real snakes, and my dad absolutely loved them.

A staff member brought out a snake. I saw, and I bolted out of the store. I could faintly hear my dad calling out to me, saying with clear excitement in his voice, “Mary! They’re bringing out the snake!” Haha, I already knew – that’s why I ran away! My dad, on the hand was happily petting the snake.

Even today, if I see a zookeeper bring out a snake (usually wrapped around her/his neck), I make a beeline to the exit. Hehe! *Bawk bawk bawk*

Will you be sporting snakes on your nails? Will you wear snake nail art while on a plane? (Hehe, ‘Snakes on a Plane’!) Are you scared of snakes?

Edit: Please VOTE FOR ME in this Nicole by OPI Canada Blogger Challenge before July 19, 2013! (Thank you!)

STEP 1: Go to this link.
STEP 2: “Like” my snake nail-art photo

I would greatly appreciate it if you could also help me spread the word!

Edit: Yay! Nicole by OPI retweeted my blog post! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Snake Nails

  1. Tanya

    So cute! I’m not afraid of snakes, but my mom is terrified of them. I should wear this on my nails when she’s driving me nuts. Haha, I’m just kidding. I’m not that mean and I’m sure she’d think it’s cute too.

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Lizzy!

      Hope you have fun recreating this look! Please show me your manicure – I’d love to see, and I’m sure my readers would, too!

  2. Shelby

    How cute! I will definitely be trying this look… in green & blue maybe?
    I’m not afraid of snakes, reptiles, or amphibians. However, I become a blithering idiot over spiders and other creepy crawlies UGH!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Shelby!

      Green and blue sounds like a fantastic combination! Please share your finished manicure with me. I’d love to see how yours turned out. I love seeing how everybody puts their unique spin on something.

  3. Floria

    Very nice mani! And also the original among those I’ve seen on the facebook photo-gallery!
    I hope you’ll win the constest!
    Sorry I couldn’t vore for you as I’ve got no account on facebook, so I was only able to see the pics!
    But, if there would have been another way to vote, I’d be among your faster supporters.
    Good Luck!

    1. Mary S. Post author

      Hey Floria!

      Thank you so much for saying that! It means a lot, especially because all the other women who submitted an entry put a lot of thought into their designs. I was honoured to be invited to join in the fun!

      That’s okay that you couldn’t vote. 🙂 The fact that you left a comment to boost my spirits already makes me feel like a million bucks!


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