Super-Easy Cat Nail Art Even Dog Lovers Will Enjoy

Cats are taking over our homes, the Internet, and now, our nails. Next: THE WORLD.
Publish date:
November 7, 2013
nail art, chanel, How-To, American Apparel, butter london, cats, nail polishes, nail tools, opi

If I had to pick a team, I'd probably align myself as a dog person, but somehow those sneaky fluff balls we call cats keep finding a way into my house and my heart.

They also seem to destroy everything I love, constantly, chewing through headphones and tipping over vases of fresh flowers. But then... they're just so cute and cuddly when I take a nap. Sigh.

In honour of my love/hate relationship with my two semi-evil cats, I've crafted a simple yet adorable tiny kitty nail art tutorial for your nail-painting pleasure. You can pretty much do any combination of colours you'd like (someone please do rainbow pastel cats!) but to copy my basic set you'll need:

•A base/top coat

•Translucent pink-ish polish

•Black polish

•White polish

•Opaque pink polish

•Nail art brush

•Dotting tool

•Paper towel

•Polish remover

I used:

•Butter London's Horse Power Nail Fertilizer

•Chanel in Frisson

•OPI in Back Onyx

•American Apparel in T-shirt

•Butter London in Kerfuffle

•So Easy Double Up Detailing Brush/Dotting Tool”(From Sally Beauty Supply, cheap and so very useful!)

Step 1.

Start with your most beautified nails. Cuticles pushed, edges filed, and bottom coat applied.

This nail art won't work with a square or pointed nail shape, so make sure you've filed your tips to a nice rounded curve. This edge will become your cat's chin, so keep that in mind as you shape.

Step 2.

Paint your nails with your translucent pink polish. I chose Chanel's Frisson for its subtle shimmer and general prettiness, just so my cat nails look a little more fancy, but any plain pinky shade will work.

Step 3.

Using your nail art brush, paint a half moon shape at the top end of your nail using the normal brush that comes in the polish. If you end up with jagged edges, use the nail art brush to smooth out the curve. You can do this either with black polish like I did, or white if you want to invert my colours and have white kitties with black eyes. Either way, aim for that half circle shape as best as you can.

The rounded edge of your actual nail should help the paint take on a more full circle shape, perfect for your cat heads. I usually aim to paint about half my nail black so there's enough room for face details.

Step 4.

In the same colour you did the half moon cat head, use your nail brush to paint two tiny triangle ears onto the head. I like them close to part, but exact placement is really your call. Some will be more perfect than others unless you're a super-pro, but real-life kitties have all different ear shapes, so I think it's okay to have a bit of variety.

Step 5.

Let the finished cat heads dry for as long as possible so this next part doesn't mess them up. Use your dotting tool (a toothpick will work fine, too!) to dot two little tiny white eyes on the cat's head. If you did your kitties in white, use black for eyes instead.

Repeat on each nail until every cat is staring back up at your from your hands (oh wow, that sounds creepy).

Step 6.

Your kittens are missing one important cuteness factor: an adorable little pink nose! I used the nail brush and my Butter London's Kerfuffle to paint tiny triangles (to the best of my ability--mostly they turned out more like tiny fat lines).

Top the whole thing off with a heavy coating of top coat, and you're good to go play with a ball of yarn or whatever.