(Just Another) Mani Monday: Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home; Your house is on fire and your children all roam!

I used to say ‘burn’ as a kid but that’s really sort of depressing, so I didn’t teach Syd that version 😉

The other night my husband spotted a baby ladybug on our bed.  My daughter LOVES ladybugs- in fact, her nickname from my mother-in-law is ‘Nana’s Little Ladybug’- so of course we called her in and she spent a good chunk of time staring at it.

So when I was trying to decide what to do for today’s Mani Monday, I remembered the little visitor and decided to do ladybug nails!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Nail polish, and dotting tools.  I used Revlon Colorstay in Red Carpet, Sinful Colors Happy Ending, Cult Nails Nevermore, and Julep Kate.  You can use whichever colors you like!  I got my dotting tools for super cheap somewhere on Ebay from China, but you can find them in a lot of places.  If you need help locating some just leave a comment!

First off, I painted each nail with Happy Ending- this was my closest ‘grass’ type color, and I hadn’t used it before so I was glad to have the chance.

I had never noticed this color before, but I think it’s part of some core lines of Sinful Colors?  Most of my stores don’t carry it, but I noticed it as part of the standard larger display at Rite Aid.  I really like it!  This was almost a 1 coat polish- I added a second coat to make the color a bit brighter.  I also had NO CLEANUP.  I did my nails last night and took the photo this morning… and I didn’t have to touch up a thing.  I honestly think that’s a first for me!  I don’t know if it’s a testament to the polish, or to my increasing skills with a brush!

I didn’t take photos while I was doing the mani, but it’s very straightforward and easy.  I used one of the larger dotting tools, dipped in red, and did 2-3 dots on most fingers.  I let that dry a little, and then I took one of the tiny dotting tools, dipped it in black, and added the ladybug’s characteristic spots.  As an afterthought, I used a larger dot of black for the ‘head’ area and dotted small white dots for ‘eyes’.  I didn’t have a teeny tiny brush, so I didn’t add antennae.  I TRIED on my thumb and it came out awful and thick, so I covered it with Happy Ending- this explains some of the inconsistencies in the coverage on that nail 🙂

Super quick, easy, and cute!  I struggled a little more with my right hand because I have issues keeping my left hand steady… but it still looks decent!

Some of the eyes are giant, next to a little eye.  My ladybugs are crazy I guess 🙂

Hope you enjoy!  If anyone decides to recreate a similar look, please share pictures on my Facebook page!


6 responses

  1. Erin Hall Lewis

    What an amazingly sweet idea! I love the look of the bugs in the grass. If you didn’t tell us, I’d never have suspected it was so simple. Looks great! Thank you for this one!

    July 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    • You’re welcome! It was INCREDIBLY easy- I really reccomend a dotting set to everyone (though this was, admittedly, my first time using mine!). There’s so many different looks that you can achieve just by having various sizes!

      It looks SUPER cute from far away, too, because the lady bugs are so tiny 🙂

      July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm

  2. I love it!! So cute.

    July 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  3. How cute!! I really love that green you used too. I don’t have any greens, so I’ll keep an eye out for that one too. I got my dotting tools on Amazon, but yours are way cuter 🙂 Mine are just plain ol wood – perhaps I should decorate them!

    July 10, 2012 at 9:30 am

  4. Omg, this is possibly the cutest thing ever! I like it a lot, I will have to try it myself. What did your daughter think of your manicure? I bet she wanted one too!

    July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

  5. Oh my gosh, she loved it! She’s overly dramatic, so she (literally) cried the next day when she saw I removed it. Bless her heart!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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