Nail Art Tutorial- Monochromatic Tiger Mani by Guest Contributor Shruti Borkar
Editor’s note: “This is the FIRST ever guest contribution on the Blog. This one is from the very pretty Shruti who is not only my best friend (it’s been 8 years that we are together) but who is a lot into beauty and make up in her own way. She was sweet enough to contribute to the blog when I requested to add her touch. And here is an extremely beautiful mani (I need to learn a lot from her) that she created and kind enough to share with us”.
Over to Shruti.......
I have an affinity to the color white. Those who are close to me know about my craze for the colour (Editor’s note- Ask me!!!). And of course, the black and white combo is my fav! You can also try this with neon colours. That would look really funky with black.
The design is not as difficult as it might seem to be. It is actually quite easy to create. All it requires is lots of time and patience.
What you need:
- Maybelline Color Show Crystal Clear
- Maybelline Color Show Blackout
- Maybelline Color Show Porcelain Party
- Scotch Tape
- Ear buds
Step 1: I started by preparing the cut-outs for the design. They are quite simple to make. Take a piece of scotch tape and cut out long triangular strips. This is what they should look like:
I prepared about 50 of these, 4-5 for each nail. You can have more, depending on how big your nails are or how closely you would like to place them on your nails. You need to make sure that the strips are long enough and not very thick.
Step 2: I started by applying a coat of the Maybelline Color Show Crystal Clear on all my nails. Once that had dried off, I applied 2 coats of Maybelline Color Show Porcelain Party on all the nails except the ring finger. On the ring finger, I applied 2 coats of Maybelline Color Show Blackout. I quite like the idea of having a different design or color combo on the ring finger as it makes the entire design stand out.
It’s now time to place the strips on the nails to make the tiger print. You need to ensure that nail paint has dried off completely or else you might end up peeling off the nail paint when you pull out the strips. Place the strips with the pointed end towards the centre of the nail. Do make sure that there is a little bit of the tape hanging out of the nail so that it’s easier to pull them off. Press the strips onto the nails and make sure that there are no gaps as this would lead to leakage of the nail colors.
Step 3: Now, apply a coat of nail paint in alternate color (black over white/white over black). The trick is to pull off the strips before the nail paint has dried off, so, this had to be done one nail at a time. If the strips are removed once the paint has drief off you’ll end up with peeled nail paint. It should look something like this
Step 4: Repeat the process on all the nails and let them dry off. Clean off the excess nail paint on the skin with ear bud and nail polish remover. Top it off with a coat of the Crystal Clear nail paint so that the design lasts longer.
And we are done! Hope you guys like this.
About Shruti Borkar: She is an MBA by education and and a banker by proffession. Belongs to and Lives inthe state of prestine beaches, Goaaaaaa!! (lucky her). Loves to bake and explore beauty product avenues. ( I have also seen her making one of the best DIY items in all possible arenas).