Sunday, January 5, 2014

How to Put Your Dog on Your Nails

I have the cutest dog ever.

You might think I'm biased, but I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Cleo is the most precious pooch you'll ever meet in your life.

I started an Instagram account for her nine weeks ago to stay busy after I got laid off. She has nearly 500 followers.

Just look at her.

I rest my case.

I love nail art almost as much as I love Cleo, so for Christmas my fiancé gave me the perfect gift: pomeranian decals for my nails.

They're from iMagic Designs, an Etsy shop that has more than 100 water slide nail decals to choose from. Shop owner Tatiana Jacob has everything from bows and flowers to peacock feathers and Russian nesting dolls. She also has a wide selection of dogs and cats, so you can dress up your nails with your favorite fur baby.

You get two sets of 10 decals, which come with instructions on how to apply them.

The technique is basically the same as applying temporary tattoos. Here's how I used the decals on my nails.

1. I wanted a darker base coat to serve as a frame for the design. I painted my nails with two coats of OPI's Over the Taupe.

2. Then, I painted my nails with two coats of a pink from a Shany Cosmetics French manicure set. iMagic Designs includes suggestions of base colors with the decals so they really stand out.

3. Next, I used scissors to cut out each decal so they fit my nails. Each row of decals includes a larger image for your thumb and a smaller image for your pinky.

4. I peeled off the clear protective plastic from the front of the decal and placed it face down on my nail. Then, I wet the piece of cloth included with the set and held it on the decal for 30 seconds.

5. Finally, I lifted the cloth, removed the backing paper and applied a Seche Vite top coat. And voila! My dog is on my nails!

Cleo approves!

The decals were super easy to use, and I'm looking forward to trying out other designs in the near future.

Have you used nail decals or temporary tattoos to decorate your nails? Tell me what else I should try in the comments!


  1. You should do all the flags of the countries you've ever visited! :)

  2. Awesome idea! I got a bunch of new polishes and stripers for my birthday and Christmas. That would be a great way to use them. :)