2. Next, paint your nails with a base coat to protect your natural nails from staining and help the polish adhere to your nails. Here I used Orly's Bonder.
3. Once your base coat is dry, apply a coat of white nail polish. This doesn't have to be perfect, because it won't show through. The white is just to make the colors pop so if there are streaks or bald spots, that's okay. My favorite white is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On, which is what I used.
4. Once your white coat is completely dry, take your makeup sponge and paint a stripe of blue at the bottom, yellow in the middle, and red on top. You want the yellow stripe to be the largest, because it will be dominated by the darker colors. If you have too much polish on the sponge, dab it off onto a paper towel.
5. Next, use the sponge to dab the colors over the white, moving both left to right and slightly up and down so that the colors blend together at the edges.
This is what you want the nail to look like after sponging. Be sure the rainbow colors are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
6. Grab a nail plate with a zebra print on it. The one I used is Bundle Monster Image Plate BM223. Using a black polish, stamp on the zebra print over the entire nail. The black I used was Wet N Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme.
7. Again, once that is completely dry, apply a top coat to seal in the design and prevent chipping. When using top coat on stamping, be sure to use enough polish to avoid touching the design with the brush. Make three lines, one down the middle and one on each side. If you feel like you need more top coat, allow the first layer to dry before adding a second coat. This way you won't smudge the stamping. I used Seche Vite as my top coat.
|Before top coat|
|After top coat|