Year of the Snake nails

Happy New Year everyone! :) According to Chinese astrology, 2013 is the year of the black Snake. Having that in mind it was easy to choose a theme for my New Year nails:

Snake skin nails

I did a black and grey nail art, using a snake skin pattern as an accent. It’s been a while since I wore a black nail polish on my nails, so I enjoyed the look a lot.

Snake nail design

For the middle accent finger I used OPI On Her Majesty’s Secret Service from the OPI James Bond holiday collection (3 coats). As for the snake skin nail design, I used OPI I Vant to Be A-Lone Star as a base, and then I freehand painted the snake pattern with the OPI OHMSS and a black nail polish. I liked it how well the OPI shimmer matched the snake skin idea :) It’s sparkling and a bit textured.

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Black color on the rest of the fingers and in snake design is Cult Nails Nevermore, one of my most favorite black cremes. It’s very well pigmented and glossy on its own. Here I have 2 coats of Nevermore over a base with a clear top coat.

Cult Nails Nevermore black

Overall, for the snake skin nail design I used:

  • Lumene Gloss and Care base
  • OPI I Vant to Be A-Lone Star – light grey base for the snake accent
  • OPI On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – festive grey shimmer for the accent and to paint the snake skin with
  • Cult Nails Nevermore – black creme
  • Clear top coater

New Year nails design

Although snake is often associated with venoms and danger, in many countries snake is considered to be a symbol of luck and wisdom. So I wish you a happy and safe new year, full of luck and love :)
I also want to say a big “thank you” to all of you, for sharing my passion for nail polish, for following my blog and commenting once in a while. You’ve been a great encouragement to me!
Happy New year! ♥

16 Comment

  1. It’s very elegant and gorgeous!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank you, Maria :)

  2. Happy new year :) I’m very afraid of snakes so I don’t like them but I like your manicure :)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      I’m glad you like this design :) I’ve never done snake skin nails before, but it turned out to be easy and fun, I think I might even use this pattern again in some other manicure.

  3. Happy New Year!
    I love your manicure and I’m definitely loving your blog! I think your freehanded snake nails are amazing! I love the colors together and the pattern looks so real! <3

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Hello Ina, it’s nice to see you here! Thank you for your kind words :) I love your blog too ;)

  4. I love this mani! What a fun and different New Year’s theme!

    1. Mari says: Reply

      I’m glad you liked my black snake nails :) I must admit, I enjoyed this looks myself :D

  5. Anita says: Reply

    Classy, elegant, and edgy all at once… Gorgeous! Mari, which color did you use in your thumb? (I don’t have much of a design eye, so I can’t decide what would look best.)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      Thank youuuu :D Thumb nails were done in black (CN Nevermore). I’m not such a great designer myself, but I though that the mani needs no more accents other than the snake skin and grey shimmer :) I’m glad you liked it!

  6. That pattern is absolutely gorgeus!! :)

    1. Mari says: Reply

      thank you, the best of the snake pattern is that it can be easily painted :)

  7. Anna says: Reply

    I was convinced the snake pattern was stamped! That’s so amazing, I’d make such a mess if I tried! I really love black nail polish every now and then too, I think it’s really sophisticated :) x

    1. Mari says: Reply

      :)) Nope, it’s painted freehand, and I’m glad you liked the design :) Winter is a perfect time to wear dark polishes, especially black cremes!

  8. Anutka says: Reply

    The whole manicure is gorgeous and the snake pattern is just amazing.
    I love the colors you chose and of course to do it freehand is wonderful!

  9. charm says: Reply


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