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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pirate Nails!

I've been doing more outdoor painting, so my red mani got pretty scratched up. Fortunately, inspiration whacked me in the head and I turned my beat up red nails into some cute pirate nails! Check it:

As always, click to enlarge :).

Now that I think about it, pirates would probably have some pretty nasty nails. I mean, they have to live and work on a ship without washing their hands often or taking a bath every day, much less using hand lotion or cuticle oil! Obviously, I wasn't exactly thinking of that when I did my nails, but it's just a random thought...

I already had a no-name mystery Maybelline red on for the base; then I used tape and 10 Professional Nail Lacquer The Little Black Dress to do the black stripes. After, I used a nail art brush and Loreal French Tip White to draw the skulls and crossbones. Finally, I used a dotting tool and The Little Black Dress again to do the eyes and then put on a top coat.

Unfortunately, I didn't wait long enough for the eyes to dry on some of the nails before putting on the top coat, so you can see eye-smudges on some of the skulls (the skull on my right thumb looks like it's crying!). And in retrospect, I should have gone over the white again so it was more opaque. I thought about doing it, I started to do it, but then I got lazy and didn't do it :P. This was the first time I tried using tape for stripes, and I like the outcome, even though I need to work on getting the tape to stick better on the sides of my nails; the sides ended up really messy!

I am pretty pleased with the end result of my Pirate nails! Though I'm afraid people might think that they're more punk-goth-tween-girl-y rather than pirate-y. Ugh. I hope not.

Little thing to smile for today: random nail art designs!! :D
<3 Ruthe

(P.S. Do you think I should be more detailed when describing the nail art steps? Would it be more helpful if I explained the steps like a tutorial?)


  1. Arrrrr! I love this pirate manicure more than ye bottle o' rum! :P

    This is such a cool design, and I love the colours you chose for the stripes in the background. One day, I'll have to try this!
    - Mary

  2. @SwatchAndLearn
    Thanks so much, Mary! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing your version of Pirate nails! :D

  3. Hahahah! This is too cute. It put the biggest smile on my face! I love it.

    Good job, Ruthe. I'm glad your using your painting talents on your nails!


  4. @SwatchAndLearn
    Aww thanks Fiona!! Your comments always make me feel all good inside :D. Though I think I was using more of my dabbing skills than my painting talents, lol! ;)