Dr. Seuss Toes!

After doing a Dr. Seuss-inspired nail design I just had to do a toenail design to match 😉 And of course my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss character is the Grinch*!

He tries to be nasty, but he is good at heart and very loveble!

Here are the two designs together:

The items used for the toenail design are:

– base and top coat by OPI

– dark green shimmery nail varnish (22 by Etos Long Lasting)

– pale yellow nailpolish (105 by L’Ambre Noir)

– golden yellow nail art striper (15 by Coral Art)

– white nail art striper (by Inglot)

– black nail art pen (by Essence)

– toothpick

The first step is to apply a base coat to your nails. This is important to prolong your design and protect your natural nails.

Once the base is dry, apply the dark green polish to your little toes and the pale yellow to your big toe. You might need several coats, until the colors are opaque.

Once the yellow is completely dry, apply several blobs of green nailpolish on your big toe, to remotely resemble a pear-shaped object:

Quickly, while the nailpolish is still wet, use a toothpick to manipulate the green blob into a more rounded pear, with a little twig sticking out from the top. This pear will be our Grinch!

The next step is to create the eyes. Although the Grinch’s eyes are yellow, the color won’t show up on the green background very well, so first we’ll create a white background for it. Do this by creating two slanted dots:

While the white dots are drying, use a black nail art pen to outline the head and add the facial features and details: the little mohawk, the tiny dotted nose, and the mouth. Draw the mouth very close to the line of the chin.  Also, use the nail art pen to write “GRINCH” underneath.

All of these steps are better done when all of the previous layers of nailpolish are completely dry; otherwise the hard tip of the nail art pen can smudge the design. I also recommend you practice on a sheet of paper before using the nail art pens on your nails, to get a feel for the pen.

Now it’s time to draw the yellow eyes over the white elongated dots, using the golden nail art painter. Don’t forget to add the black little pupils once that is dry!

Finally, apply a top coat and you’re done! Have fun with your cartoonish green toes 🙂

A few more photos of the design:

*disclaimer: I don’t own any Dr. Seuss characters, I just use them for inspiration 🙂


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emma0m
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 11:06:14

    wow this is amazing! xxx


  2. bendedspoon
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 00:12:00

    wow wow!
    here’s my bow
    Grinch on the toes
    so many thanks to you!


    • furryfurynailart
      Sep 21, 2010 @ 14:40:11

      🙂 It was my pleasure! Though people who saw the Grinch on my toes kept asking if I was in such a nasty mood that I wanted to show everyone, haha! But I had fun with the design 🙂


  3. bendedspoon
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 22:41:12

    it’s great!
    kiddos and i had fun checking it out
    and my daughter would like to try it
    grinch for her, cat in the hat for me


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