I’ve been painting nail art for Chinese New Year since 2018. It kinda terrifies me that I will have to paint for five more years before I can rest on my laurels and just repost the nail art I already did (optionally, mean 😜). In previous years I painted at least one mani in the traditional red/gold/black you see for Chinese New Year and then I try to paint a second nail design in the zodiac’s lucky colors. Today we’re going with tradition and my lucky colors mani will post after the new year because it’s for a nail art challenge.
Nail art products used
- Base Polishes:
- Bluebird Lacquer’s “Centaur of Attention” and The Don Deeva’s “Brock Lee Rabe“
- Stamping Polishes:
- B Loves Plates’ “B. a Cherry Lollipop“, Maniology’s “Gold Rush“, and UberChic’s “Pure Black“
- Stamping Plates:
- “hehe 49“ (fireworks) and Moyou London “Zodiac Collection 16” (lady cutout, rabbit cutout, bamboo, “rabbit” Chinese characters, “2023”)
Items in italics are debuting on the blog for the first time.
Naturally I have all of the individual Moyou London plates for the eastern zodiac so I use them instead of buying Maniology’s more cartoonish yearly offerings. This year is a first, though. See, all the stamping plates include an image of a woman whose clothes offer additional patterns with cutouts of the animals scattered around. I’ve never used that part of the stamping plate until now. I decided I wanted to show the rabbit relating to the Chinese woman so I layered them together in a way that made it look like they were gazing into each others eyes.
…and then I realized the space above the rabbit looked way too blank. So I panic stamped some fireworks and when that didn’t do enough I threw in the year. Moyou London’s new year stamps don’t go past 2020 so I had to cobble it together and luckily it didn’t stick to the nail the first time I tried to apply it. Gave me time to realize it would look even better if I stacked it instead. Win.
Final Year of the Rabbit nail art photos
Although I think the real win is the red on red bamboo stamping. It’s so subtle and pretty. All the photos I picked show it at it’s brightest, but you can kinda see in the far away photo that it’s not always so visible.
Until next time, friends! Happy Chinese New Year! 🏮🐇