Today I’ve got a perfect manicure for those who might be a little, oh I don’t know, avant garde or daring. It’s what I call a Cat Fur Manicure. It’s actually not as time consuming as a lot of nail tutorials out there, which is a good thing for someone as impatient as I am. It can take a little practice though!
So what do you need for this tutorial? Not much. All you need is a base coat, some nostril scissors (or other small scissors will work) and some cat fur!
It helps to have access to a cat, to get the aforementioned fur. 🙂
For this tutorial I went with Chewbacca’s fur because it’s a nice orange color and orange, as you know, is very popular for spring and summer.
First thing to do is brush the cat to get some cat fur. I only had to go over Chewbacca’s coat maybe ten times to get a good amount of fur.
Then carefully pull out the fur from the brush. I try to take it out as gently as I can so it doesn’t get wadded up in a huge ball, which makes it difficult to lay out on the nail.
Next I snip sections out from the hair clump large enough to cover each nail. Make sure you have all ten done before you start the actual application process because it’s much easier that way.
- The first step with the actual manicure, after all the prep is done, is to paint on a layer of base coat.
- While the base coat is still wet apply your first section of hair right on top. Try to get all the hairs going in the same direction as much as possible.
- Then lightly press the hairs into the base coat so they stick.
- If you didn’t get enough hair with the first coat, you can lightly dab another layer of base coat on top of the first coat of fur, then lay down a second coat. Repeat the process of pressing it down to ensure it sticks to the nail.
- Next up is the trimming part. This is where the nostril scissors come in handy. You want to trim all the loose hairs that are sticking up off the edges of your nails and all around your fingers/cuticle area so it looks nice and neat. This is probably the most time consuming part of the process but it’s worth it!
- You can do a top coat if you wish to make the manicure last even longer but I kind of like mine to have a more organic look, so I didn’t use one here.
Viola! You now have a cat fur manicure and I pretty much guarantee you that you won’t see many other people with this design.
The cool thing about this is if you have different types of cats, you can have a different look. For instance I have a brown tabby named Squirt. If I wanted a darker, multi-colored mani, say because I am going out to an edgy restaurant for dinner, I could use her fur. And Sammy has pale peach/orange fur and pure white fur on his underbelly. So if I wanted a lighter more conservative look, say for a job interview, I could use his fur.
And the great thing is you could use any animal fur really! Parker has shiny jet black fur and some white fur, so I could do a black and white look with his. So many options!
Is this a manicure you would try?
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