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Penguins | Nail Art Tutorial


Penguins | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this penguins nail look? Follow our 10 step nail art tutorial below!

The products we used to create this look:

Nail polishes and nail art tools.

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Color Show 60 Seconds – Maybelline – It’s A Boy
3. Lasting Gel Nail Colour – Collection – Blackjack
4. Quick Dry Nail Colour – Natural Collection – Nail Tip Whitener
5. Color Show 60 Seconds – Maybelline – Lux Lobster
6. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Your Majesty
7. Pointed Drawing Brush (small)
8. Dotting Tool
9. Dotting Tool


Now lets show you how we created this look!


First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail polish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail polish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and shape them to how you want them with your file. If you want make your nails appear longer you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail polish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.



Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to go with this gorgeous light blue colour. We applied 2 coats of the nail polish in the colour It’s A Boy (2) as this made sure the nail was covered well.

We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry!



Once the blue nail polish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating this nail look! We decided on using the ring finger and the index finger to be the main focus of this look, and will have the penguins on there. We first painted on a thin line at the bottom of the nail using the small pointed drawing brush (7) with the white nail polish (4). This gives a little platform for your penguins to stand on!



Now it’s time to start creating the penguins! Firstly, we used the thicker end of dotting tool (9) with the nail polish in the colour Blackjack (3) to paint on the penguins body, and then used the thinner end to paint on the penguins head.



Now it’s time to paint on the penguins flippers! To do this, we painted on thin lines on the either sides of the penguins using the dotting tool (8) with the nail polish in the colour Blackjack (3).



After we finished with the flippers, it’s time to give the penguins some feet! We used the thinner end of the dotting tool (9) with the nail polish in the colour Lux Lobster (5) and painted on some cute small feet on each penguin.



Next we painted on the white body for the penguins. To do this, we used the dotting tool (9) with the white nail polish (4).



Now it’s time to add the final touch to the penguins – the eyes and a small beak! We used the dotting tool (8) with the white nail polish (4) to create the eyes, and then painted on a small triangle using the dotting tool (8) with the nail polish in the colour Lux Lobster (5).



Once we were finished with the penguins, it was time to move on to adding snowflakes to the other nails! To do this, we used the dotting tool* (8) with the white nail polish (4). Firstly, we painted on a ‘+’ shape in the places we wanted to have the snowflakes. Then we painted on lines in between the ‘+’, like an ‘X’ shape – and this is how we created the snowflakes!

* If you feel more comfortable, you can use a pointed drawing brush instead of a dotting tool.



Now it’s time to add the final touches – some white and silver dots! We used the dotting tool (9) with the white (4) and silver (6) nail polish and placed dots over all the nails.

And that’s it! How cute is this penguins look?! Perfect for everyday wear during the winter, but also if you are getting into that Christmassy mood – why not have fun and paint this look on your nails to show everyone! 🐧



Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram @creativenailsuk!

(12) Comments

  1. I don’t think I will ever have a steady enough hand to be able to do this but this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I know I say this all the time but you’re so talented it blows my mind x


    1. Haha, aww – yeah – the little penguins are so cute! I didn’t want to take this one off my nails! Thank you so much – it is lovely for you to say 🙂

  2. Your nails look so cute! loving the design! perfect for winter! xx corinne

    1. Thank you 🙂 yeah, this design is perfect for the winter and is super cute! 🙂

  3. Oh very cute this design is my favourite now

    1. Haha, I am glad to hear! I love the little penguins, they are so cute 🙂

  4. This post looks amazing and those photos are gorg! I love painting my nails aswell but never really have time to do nail art but i might try these out!

    1. Aww, thank you so much! Yeah it is super fun painting your nails, maybe if you do have some spare time at some point you could try this design or any of our other ones out! Doing nail art makes it even more fun 🙂

  5. This is so incredibly cute and skilful. Those little penguins are adorable! I could never do anything like this but I always love seeing your new creations! xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I love the little penguins in this design, they are so cute – and it was so much fun painting this and creating it 😀

  6. Charlotte says:

    This is gorgeous and unbelievably cute! I wish I found you guys over Christmas as I would of tried this out

    1. Aww, thank you! This is still a wintery look so you could have fun with it now 😀 haha. You can also try it out next year 🙂

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