zebra nail art tutorial with video

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to do zebra nails at home. This DIY nail art tutorial is perfect for beginners and we will show you how to get these nails perfect!

Have you ever wanted to try zebra nails but felt too intimidated? Well, have no fear! This tutorial is here to show you how to make zebra nails using gel polish, step by step.

You don't need any fancy tools or equipment, just a few colors of gel polish, some fine liner nail art brushes and a vision. So watch the video and follow along. By the end you will be able to paint zebra nails like a pro!

zebra nail art tutorial

Zebra nails are a super trendy and bold nail look that is perfect for any time because you can make them simple or add effects based on the time of year.

If you're looking for a fun and easy nail art tutorial, this zebra nails tutorial is really easy to follow along for beginners or for nail techs who are looking for something fun to make on their press on nails.

You can watch the video to see how it's done, or follow along with the instructions below.

We are doing this zebra nail on a gelly nail tip that has been prepped to remove the shine. The instructions below are how to do this zebra manicure on your natural nails or a nail nip.

Also, this DIY is using gel polish that needs to be cured under a lamp. If you are following along with regular nail polish, just skip the cure instructions and wait until each layer is dried before going on to the next step.

Want to watch the video tutorial instead? Head on down to the bottom of this article to see the video. Subscribe to our channel and watch our nail art videos anytime on your YouTube app on your TV!


Step 1

Start with clean and dry hands or a nail tip. Make sure there is absolutely no moisture on your hands when starting a manicure as this can cause lifting.

Step 2

Prep the nails by cleaning the cuticle area and gently buffing off any shine from the nail or nail tip. Use a dehydrator or clean your nails off with isopropyl alcohol using a lint free wipe for nails.

Step 3

Apply a base coat and cure for 30 seconds under a UV lamp. If you are using regular nail polish you can apply a regular base coat.

Step 4

Paint the nail with a pink jelly nail polish. This is going to give a slightly translucent look to the nail. Cure for 30 seconds.

Step 5

Taking a fineliner brush and black gel polish make lines onto the nail. Start at the end of the nail. Go from one side to the other in an upward angle.

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The lines should not be totally straight. Take a look at a zebra picture and see how the pattern is scattered and different. You can see how the lines are thicker and thinner in different sections.

zebra nail step by step

Stop painting the stripes when you get close to 3/4's of the nail. Once the lines have all been painted and filled in properly, cure for 30 seconds.

Step 6

Take white gel polish and fill in the lines between the black polish. Just apply a little bit at a time so that you don't flood those sections. Cure for 30 seconds.

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Step 7

Using UV glue for nail gemstones, paint some of the glue onto the nail right beside the white gel in the same direction.

how to make a zebra nail

uv glue for nail art

Step 8

Glue on your favorite nail decorations or rhinestones. Cure

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Step 9

Apply a matte top coat onto the nail being careful not to cover up the nail art decorations. Do a final cure for 60 seconds.

applying a matte top coat onto a zebra nail

matte top coat for a zebra nail

And here is the finished zebra nail. This turned out so great. It's elegant and whimsical at the same time.

zebra nail art tutorial

Zebra Nail Supplies

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Saviland nail art brushes

Gelly nail tips

Pink jelly gel polish

Base gel coat

White & black gel polish

Nail decorations

Matte top coat

UV nail lamp

Nail art stands

VIDEO: Zebra Nail Art Tutorial

Here's the video showing step by step how to make this zebra nail art tutorial. You can see just how easy and fun it is to do your own nails at home.


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