29 March 2013

Baby Chicks Nail Art Tutorial

I'd really meant to have this up yesterday, but after I took all my pictures, I went and got possessed by the gripping and immediate desire to read a bunch of dry documentation and then write an essay. Yeah, I'm a hoot at parties. Anyway...

Last spring I did some hatching baby chick nail art that I'd seen online (wish I new where to credit, but it's been so long...). This was maybe a month before I started my blog, and I'd only just got my dotting tools, and I was so very proud of them! Of course, I peeked at the old pics from my camera phone a few minutes ago, just for the sake of comparison, and they're kind of hilarious (clean-up? what's clean-up?). Still, I loved them to bits. Husband apparently did too because with Easter coming up, he actually put in a request! I figured, why not, and while I was at it, I took some pictures along the way for a quick tutorial as well. But first, the finished nails!

baby chick easter nail art

I love nail art that reflects the season, and these baby chick nails are such a fun design for springtime and Easter. Like most of the nail art I've tried, once you break it down into the individual steps, it's not very difficult to do, so please click "Read More" if you'd like to see the tutorial. Just want to drop in a quick plug for my birthday giveaway, which is open for a couple more days, and away we go!

(Please forgive the weird colours in some of these pics, as I didn't fuss with things like white balance or colour settings while I was trucking along with these...)

After my base coat, I actually started these nails by making thngs harder on myself than I needed to because I wanted more of a "baby chick" yellow. I'd thought China Glaze Lemon Fizz would be perfect, but after painting my nails with 2-3 coats, then starting the shells, the colour was a little too pale for the white shells to show up against. So, take two, and I got all fancy with it. One coat of OPI Need Sunglasses?, followed by a couple of sponged coats of Lemon Fizz mixed with China Glaze Sunshine Pop. The result actually gave it an awesome texture for fuzzy little chicks, but I knew that'd get mostly smoothed by top coat. All of which is a long-winded way of saying, "Start by painting your nails yellow."

Once your yellow nails are dry, take a white nail art striper (or a dotting tool, or a toothpick, or a nail art brush and either polish or acrylic paint, whatever you're comfortable using) and make a zig-zagged line of triangles along the tip of your nail. I used a Sinful Colors nail art striper in Bad Chick (white). It seemed appropriate.


Fill in the empty spaces, making sure to get the front edge of your nail as well, and that's your egg shell done!


Next, add two large dots of black for the eyes (I used Revlon Colorstay Stiletto). I like to do these just above halfway up the nail bed. Leave some space between the eyes, as well as between the eyes and the top of the shell, since that's where the beak is going to go.


Add two smaller dots of white to give the eyes a little bit of shine.


To make the beak, dot a small triangle of orange (I used OPI In My Back Pocket).

easter baby chick nail art tutorial

On my ring finger and thumb, I decided to have a couple of the baby chicks already hatched, so instead of the egg shell, I just did some orange dots for the feet.

easter baby chick nail art tutorial

Once all the fingers are done and dry, it's time for clean-up and top coat! To minimize streaking, make sure your nails--especially those black eyes--are well dry before you top coat, and be generous enough with your top coat that the brush doesn't really have to touch the nail (this is referred to "floating" your brush, essentially letting the brush float over the top coat, rather than dragging the bristles themselves across your nail art), and if possible, try not to go over a spot more than once. You can see in the final close-ups where I had to hit my index finger twice, and the eye streaked a little bit. Wait, I mean, no you can't, everything's fine, nothing to see here! Eh, it's not really a big deal, and it's all but invisible in "real life" without macro camera mode pointing out every little flaw...which I've now drawn way too much attention to by going on about it, so...

Yay, that's all there is to it!

baby chick nail art for easter

38 comments:

  1. These are very cute! I might try doing similar for Easter Sunday :-) x

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    1. Thanks so much! I think just one as an accent nail would be adorable too. ;)

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  2. I love that your husband requested these! And the yellow "texture" makes it really neat - like a real chick! Awesome job :)

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    1. Thank you, Heather! Haha, he's such a sucker for the cute--I kinda really love that about him. ^_^

      Wish the sponged texture stayed a bit more after top coating these, but then that smoothing comes in soooo handy doing gradients, so, guess I can't have everything... >_<

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  3. these are so cute! the yellow "texture" is a nice touch! great tutorial!!

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  4. Too cute! Thank you for doing this tutorial!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Meredith! Thank you!! :)

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  5. These are just overwhelmingly adorable! Perfect for Easter!

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  6. These are too adorable! I love how you got the yellow texture, it looks perfect!

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  7. Aww this is so adorable, Elizabeth! And that tutorial is great... you certainly make it look easy. :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. I really, really appreciate that, Yun--thank you!! =)

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  8. OMG this is too cute. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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    1. You're so welcome, Helen! Thank you!!

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  9. I hope I'll have time for these this weekend! Tooooo cute!

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  10. The baby chicks are so cute - they can come and stay with me :)

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  11. Beautiful and very, very cute manicure! :-)

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  12. This is such a super cute mani! I love it!

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  13. How friggen cute! I love the effect of sponging on the little chickees!

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  14. too freaking cute, love it! <3

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