Intro: Hello Kitty Manicure
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
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: http://www.cherryculture.com/cosmetics/makeup/l.a.-colors/la-colors-art-deco-nail-lacquer/17153&cat=291&page=1 )
Step 2: Apply White Nail Polish
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
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
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
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
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
By now, you should be pretty pro at painting her bow. She wouldn't be complete without it.
Step 8: Cleaning Up
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!
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!