Introduction: Hello Kitty Manicure

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Me and Hello Kitty go way back, but I still don't know what that little cartoon cat does that draws me to her. Sit there, look cute, make moneyzzz? Sounds like a good gig to me.

This nail tutorial is a tribute to Hello Kitty. There's just something about her.

Step 1: What You'll Need

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White Nail Polish
Red Glitter, Black, and Yellow Nail Polish with a Thin-tip Brush*
Nail Polish Remover

*(I used Art Deco by L.A. Colors. Find them online here: )

Step 2: Apply White Nail Polish

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Make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted.

When applying nail polish, it is better to have 2 light coats rather than 1 thick coat.
The first coat will appear streaky, but the second coat will be opaque and pure white.

Let polish dry between coats and before the next step.

Step 3: Painting HK's Bow

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HK's bow is just iconic as she is. This is how I did it.

Using Red Glitter polish (you can also just use plain Red), I started with a red circle in the center of my nail.
Then I painted an X so that the bow would be even.
Next, draw the end of the bow then fill in the shape.

I only put bows on my fingers. My thumb will have HK's whole face later on.
It's ok if it's a little sloppy. We'll be outlining the bow in the next step.

Step 4: Outlining the Bow

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Take the black polish and carefully outline the bow.

I started with outlining each of the circle's in black. Then I outlined each of the ends of the bows. Finally, I added those little half circles in the middle.

Step 5: Painting HK's Face: Nose

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For the thumb, I decided to paint Hello Kitty's face since there is more room to work on.

Her nose is a horizontal oval which should go about two-thirds of your nail down. After letting the yellow dot of paint dry, outline in black.

Step 6: Painting HK's Face: Eyes and Whiskers

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Hello Kitty's eyes are two vertical ovals which are about the same size as her nose. Draw accordingly.

Her whiskers are 3 slightly curved lines on both sides of her face.

Step 7: Adding HK's Bow

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By now, you should be pretty pro at painting her bow. She wouldn't be complete without it.

Step 8: Cleaning Up

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Dip a Q-Tip in Nail Polish Remover, then clean up the sides of your nails where any nail polish ended up on your skin.

Step 9: All Done!

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Honestly, most of the time while doing this, I felt like I was dismantling a bomb or something. Pretty stressful, shaky stuff.

But look at you with your nails all did!
Totes cute.


cvocal (author)2011-10-31

nice job! Hope i could do some of that too. I suck at painting lol..
anyways.. have you heard about these new HK collections lately? Hello Kitty and One Piece collab. I super love the items you should go check them out. And if ever you want to have one you can order at Private Import Japan . :D
Happy blogging :D

I thought I saw it somewhere then realized Kandee Johnson did a tutorial of this :)

scoochmaroo (author)2011-07-05

Definitely want to do this. I'll have to get my girlfriend to do my right hand for me though - that would be a mess!

hellovillain (author)scoochmaroo2011-07-05

Haha you should've seen the first time I tried it. My nails looked more like Garfield... :p

sunshiine (author)2011-07-04


hellovillain (author)sunshiine2011-07-04

You're sweet to say that! Thanks for subscribing :]

sunshiine (author)hellovillain2011-07-05

UW! and thanks!

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