Holiday penguins - fun little characters

Monday, December 3, 2012

Here's another fun step-by-step guide. Penguin steps that is...

I love the holidays and making holiday nail art makes it that much more fun for me. These festive little guys were easy but time consuming.

Holiday penguin nail art
Holiday penguin nail art
I smeared the eye on the pointer nail. I fixed it with a little bit of white polish and a top coat.

Holiday penguin nail art
Holiday penguin nail art
Step one. I used a good base coat to protect my nails and painted them with Zoya Breezi.


Step two - I put a stripe of Zoya Breezi and Purity on a piece of paper next to each other. I used a cosmetic sponge to mix to colors a bit and then daubed that on the tip of my nails. Using a stripe of both and daubing a couple of times lets the colors mix a little and makes more of a gradient.






Step three -  I used a Zoya Purity and a dotting tool and made four connecting dots. You can skip this step if you want. But I did it to help make sure I got the body of the penguins in the same general area on my nails.


Step four -  I used a nail art brush to make the dots into a circle.


Step five -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Raven to draw the top of the penguin. It looks sort of like a pirate hat. Ahoy Penguins! Sorry, I couldn't help my self.


Step six and seven-  I used a dotting tool and applied the whites of the eyes. Then I applied Zoya Raven with a dotting tool for the black parts of the eyes. I have them looking all different directions. (Thanks for that tip Jessica!)


Step eight -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Elisa to paint the red Santa hats.


Step nine -  I used a nail art brush and Zoya Purity to draw the fur on the hat. I also used a dotting tool for the pom pom. 


Step ten -  I used a dotting tool and Zoya Arizona for the feet. Then I used a nail art brush to draw the triangle for the beak.


Step eleven-  I used Zoya Purity and a dotting tool to add snowflakes.


Add a top coat and you are finished!

Nail art doesn't have to be hard. I just broke this little guy into shapes and I think it came out okay.

Some of these polishes were provided to me for an honest review and some were purchased by me.



26 comments

  1. How freaking cute! Thanks for the step-by-step!

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  2. Awww, these are so cute! I totally love this!

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  3. Thanks so much for the steps - I cannot watch videos usually and then go for it - I need still photos to watch what I need to do at each step!

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  4. Very cute! Thank you so much for the tutorial. :)

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  5. these are adorable! I just love all of your Winter nails so far. Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

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  6. Omg that is so cute! Thanks for the step-by-step tutorial. <3

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  7. Very cute! I think your nail art is incredible ;-)

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  8. This is really cute! You did a great job!

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  9. These are the cutest little penguins ever.

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  10. Damn those are adorable :D I MIGHT try it out, but I'm pretty sure it will be a big fail ;)

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  11. They are amazing!!! And I am so going to try your tutorial!!! Thank you!!!!

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  12. Oh my gosh, I love these! I will try them as well!

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  13. This is an amazing tutorial, they're on my nails now. If I can do it, anyone can!

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  14. That is so cute. Penguins are my favorite Christmas figure :)

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  15. Aww how precious! love the detailed tutorial! great job!

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  16. I love these! Penguins and Peacocks are my favorite!

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  17. These are soooo cute. Thanks for the step by step!

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  18. These are super cute little guys!!! I'll probably use only one or two for accent nails and something easier on the others :)

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  19. This is so cute and I love penguins. I would love to try this tutorial :)

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