3 Amazing Zebra Nail Art Tutorials With Detailed Steps And Pictures May 25, 2016

Animal print nail art looks really cool and fabulous! If you want to sport a trendy nail art without much effort, then you can go for these exciting prints. You don’t have to be a nail art expert to create some animal patterns on your nails. Zebra, leopard or cheetah patterns are really easy to create. Today, I will show you two easy-to-do zebra pattern nail arts which you can try at home. The first one is for girls who want a full zebra pattern and the second for those who like designer French tips. Now, let’s see how we can create these nail arts. Follow the step by step tutorial below to create these wonderful nail art designs.

Zebra Nail Art Tutorials

1. Red Metallic Zebra Nails:

This specific nail art will cover your entire nail with a chosen base color. You can use any base color of your choice. You can also alternate the base color and the fore color used for drawing the zebra pattern. You can wear this for parties and other social dos.

Things Required:

  • Base coat (optional)
  • Skin colored nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • A metallic magenta nail polish
  • A thin nail art brush
  • White striper or white acrylic color
  • A transparent top coat

Step 1:

Use a base coat because it will protect your nails from harmful effects of an acrylic paint. Base coat provides protection if your nails are prone to chipping or breaking. After it dries up, use one layer of skin colored nail polish. This will make the base more opaque and provide more strength to the nails.

Step 2:

Use the 2 nail polishes on alternate fingernails. Let it dry and apply another coat if required.

Step 3:

Take your nail art brush and white acrylic color. There are two methods of drawing a zebra pattern. A more easy way is to draw tree branch style ‘Y’ patterns coming from both sides or extending diagonally. This is another method where we are following a specific pattern to draw up the zebra design. For all the nails, we will follow the similar pattern technique. Follow the design shown below starting from the tip of your nails.

Step 4:

Draw up more curved lines in the manner I have drawn. Refer to the picture below. Cover up the whole of the nail with the zebra pattern.

Step 5:

Similarly, cover up all the rest of the nails with the similar zebra pattern. Now, let your acrylic paint dry completely.

Step 6:

Follow up with a layer or two of a good transparent top coat to seal in this beautiful design. You can also use a matte top coat. In that case, this will not look so metallic in appearance, but you will get a different look to the nails. This is how your design should look like when complete.

[ Read: How To Do Nail Art At Home ]

2. Colorful Zebra French Tips:

This zebra nail art design is mainly for women who like a classy look to their nails. French tips nail art are a big trend at the moment. Sporting some animal pattern French tips can make your boring French tips a lot more interesting.

Things Required:

  • A base coat (optional)
  • A skin colored nail polish
    A nail polish in dark shade of your choice (I have used green for an unconventional look and I have shown the same pattern in dark fuchsia too. You can choose any color for the upper part of your nails)
    White nail polish
  • Black striper or a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint
  • A glitter polish (optional)
  • A transparent polish

Step 1:

First, start off with a base coat and then with a skin colored nail polish. Next, paint up your nails like I have shown below. The bigger the nails, the better the design will appear. You can use your French tip kit for drawing up this nail art.

Step 2:

When the nails are dried, take the glitter polish and use it only on the upper part and not on the tips. Use of glitter polish is totally optional. You can skip this step if you want to.

Step 3:

Take the black striper or your thin nail art brush and black acrylic color. Paint up the curved zebra pattern following the same technique as shown for the first zebra design. Allow it to dry. Apply a top coat when it is completely dried.

Tip: The same design can be done using a sweet pink color and no glitter polish. It should look something like below.

Hope you enjoyed these zebra nail art designs and will definitely try them out. Please don’t forget to share your experience and feedback in the comments section below.

Reverse French Zebra Manicure

Reverse of the zebra French manicure designs are a total craze right now starting from young girls to even professional women. We love this fashion for the simple reason being that it is an out of the ordinary French manicure. It has something different and exotic to offer every time we try it. And the best part is that you don’t need to have long nail tips to try this one out as the French tip is in reverse form here.

Here this nail art gives you a trendy feel along with a vintage look. It doesn’t just stop here. It also has zebra patterns which look really cool with any animal print clothing. Animal print leggings are quite a trend now. So if you have the wild beast lurking inside of you who is crazy about fashion, then try this nail art out and give it some peace!

Things You Need:

  • A base coat
  • A black polish
  • Cotton bud and polish remover
  • A transparent good quality top coat
  • Metallic golden chains cut into small bits
  • A toothpick
  • A tweezer
  • A two way nail art pen in silver

Stepwise Tutorial:

Let’s get started.

Step 1:

Put a nice layer of base coat on your nails, though this is optional, but you can use it to protect your nail enamel. After all yellow and dry nails are never a pleasant sight and we can’t be sporting a nail art or even a have a color on at all times!

Next, follow this up with by drawing a reverse French tip as much precisely as possible with a black polish.

Step 2:

Now take the bits of golden metallic chains and put them on to the curves of the reverse tip with the help of the transparent polish. Take the help of tweezers to place them on. Take a toothpick to set their shapes properly.

Step 3:

In this step, you have to use your two way nail art pen’s pointed tip which is mostly used for dotting purpose. If you don’t own a dotting pen then you can go ahead and use a tooth pick too. Use it to make jointed “V” s and create a zebra pattern. Refer the picture below. It is really simple and easy to do and sport. It will give you a stunning look for your nails without much trouble.

[ Read: How To Do Manicure At Home ]

Step 4:

Now take a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover and clean stray polishes from the edges of the nails. Apply two nice layers of transparent polish over the whole of the nails to seal in your French zebra manicure design.

Step 5:

This is the final look. Just spectacular isn’t it. Not to hard to try even if your a beginner and definitely a change from the regular dull French manicure. What do you think? Up for this nail art?

Hope you enjoyed these zebra nail art designs and will definitely try them out. Please don’t forget to share your experience and feedback in the comments section below.