Chinese New Year: Year of the Dog Nails

Gung Hay Fat Choy! It’s the Year of the Dog! I’m not very Chinese by Asian standards, having been born in America, but it gives me an excuse to paint my nails and wear red!

For this manicure, I used a red creme shade that had a pretty gold shimmer undertone to it.


Suzanne from Julep is a gorgeous color! I also happened to use this polish for the last Chinese New Year manicure that I did!

I gave my nails a lucky money envelope kind of look with some stamping using a plate from Bundle Monster and some gold stamping polish from Ya Qin An.


I used the design in the upper left hand corner of plate BM-S229 from Bundle Monster.

Because there are so many lines in this pattern, one has to use a gentle touch when picking up the polish from the plate and applying it to the nails with the stamper, particularly if the stamper is squishy. If the same amount of pressure is not applied during both of these steps, the lines will warp and the design will not be straight.


I tried to be as meticulous as possible with the stamping, but I still managed to slightly warp the design on my ring finger. Not to worry, though- I’m about to cover it up with a dog!

Because 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac, I wanted to add a cute little friend to this manicure as an accent nail.


Plate L016 from Harunouta has plenty of furry companions for your nails! The only downside is that a lot of the images are too wide to fit completely on any nail except for the one on your thumb.

There were a lot of dogs that I would have liked to use for this manicure, but I wanted an image that included the full body that would fit on my ring finger, so my choices were limited. I went with the pug on the far left side, 3rd row of the plate, and it still ended up taking up nearly all the space on my nail!

To make the little guy stand out, I stamped the image with black Ya Qin An stamping polish and then used a detail brush to color in the body with a light brown shade from Kiko Milano (#371). The eyes were filled in with white Ya Qin An stamping polish.


The decal was allowed to dry completely before stamping it onto my ring finger.


Isn’t he adorable? I kind of wish I had painted in a little pink tongue!

Top coat from Ya Qin An finished off this look.


This manicure was a fun, low key way to celebrate the new year. Hope you’re having a great February!

Happy polishing!

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