Free-hand Zebra Stripe Manicure

I have to admit – I wasn’t sure where I was going with these nails. It really wasn’t until I had completely finished them that I thought “Oh, hey! These look kind of like zebra print” – really they were more of just a practice exercise for using my striping brush. 🙂

I started off using a new color I purchased on impulse at Kroger, L’Oreal – Eva’s Nude. I’m a huge fan of neutrals and in the bottle, this has a gorgeous fine golden shimmer on it. Sadly, that doesn’t translate to the nail at all (even when I tried to take a macro – you can only just make it out in the bottom-right of the bottle in the pic below) – It’s all very sad and disappointing – but the color itself isn’t too bad. Anyway, this took 3 coats for full opacity. The formula is thin, but easy to apply and didn’t leave my nail feeling thick with polish, which is just hat I want if I have to apply more than two coats.

Free-hand Zebra Stripe Nails
Free-hand Zebra Stripe Nails

I applied a coat of Seche Vite and allowed it to dry completely. Actually, I wore the color by itself for a full day before I added my stripes LOL! When I decided to play around with my striper, I started off just using the gold (OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby). I started placing lines randomly, sometimes branching off from previous lines. When I had finished, I felt it needed a bit more, so I added white stripes in the gaps between gold.


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • L’Oreal – Eva’s Nude
  • OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby
  • Sinful Colors – Snow Me White
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I am really happy with how this came out – with the exception of my index nail, I did some circular stuff at the end of that one that doesn’t really match. At all. I will know better next time though! Anyway, practice is really helping my free-hand line drawing. Not only am I getting steadier, but I am also getting a better feel for how much polish to load on my brush to get the thickness I want.