31 Inspired Days of Nail Art – Day 21: Tribal Print Nails

Much like Nicole, I was not really looking forward to doing tribal print nails mostly because I never really liked the way they look. I guess I’ve just always found the patterns too busy for my liking, but I have definitely seen some really amazing manis from talented ladies. I was super duper tempted to just do a skittle mani and use a stamp for the print, but I decided to finally do some kind of free-hand design attempt. Oh boy do I need practice! I started out with 2 coats of essence Nude It!

essence Nude It! Swatch          essence Nude It! Swatch

Nude It! is one of my favorite–if not my favorite–nude color. I like wearing nude colors on their own because my short sausage fingers look longer.

These are all the polishes and tools that I used for the design that follows: essence Let’s Get Lost and Break Through for the color accents, my nail art polishes in black and white and a dotting tool.

Are you ready for my interpretation of tribal print?

Tribal Print Nails          Tribal Print Nails

To tell you the truth, I am surprised that these came out somewhat decent. While I don’t see myself doing this type of design again any time soon, I am glad that I am finally trying some free-hand stuff. Practice makes perfect, right?

What do you think about tribal print nail designs? What do you think about my first free-hand attempt? (Be nice!) Don’t forget to check out Nicole’s tribal print nails over at Polish Me, Please! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check back for our next challenge: Galaxy Nails!


38 thoughts on “31 Inspired Days of Nail Art – Day 21: Tribal Print Nails

  1. 17 November, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    These look great!

    I tried tribal once and it came out appalling! I’ve never had the heart to attempt them again.
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    1. 17 November, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you! I think that for once, I am lucky that something new to me came out decent. I was really worried about how badly these would turn out so I’m happy with them. Still, I find the design way too busy for me. You should try again! I can’t imagine your design not turning out considering all the lovely nail sets you do.

  2. Kami
    17 November, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Omgosh girl these are fabulous!!!!!

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you!!!! 😀

  3. 17 November, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Stunning!!!!! I don’t what to say, it’s perfect! 🙂
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    1. 17 November, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      You’re such a sweetheart! Thank you!

  4. Chichi
    17 November, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This looks great! I love the colors you used.

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. 17 November, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Oh my god there is so mich detail and oerfect detail at that, i love the color choices!
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    1. 17 November, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you! It took a long time but I think it was worth it in the end.

  6. Lacquerice
    17 November, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Looks great

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Why, thank you! 😀
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  7. 17 November, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    These look fantastic! Love the colors together 🙂
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    1. 17 November, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! I’m still shocked they turned out ok. 🙂

  8. Dominique
    17 November, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Wow, freehand designs..you did great!!! Girl you have skills.

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you!! I think I impressed myself because you know how critical I am with everything. lol I actually liked this.

  9. Grace
    17 November, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    These are gorgeous!!!
    I love everything about them! Specially the colors you chose, I really really want a beautiful nude like that.

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you, Grace! I think that it’s really hard to find a good nude so when you do, you have to buy back-ups! 🙂

  10. Marissa
    17 November, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    These look so professional & amazing! I wish I had half your patience lol.

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you, Marissa! You know, I was watching a zombie movie while I did these so it didn’t seem like it took that long but it did. lol Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  11. Rebecca
    17 November, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    The freehand looks really good!. I was expecting something awful the way you were talking about it!
    It would be way to busy for me but you did a great job!

    1. 17 November, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I think I am crazy critical about my nail designs, but these came out better than I expected. The challenge is the only reason why I would wear something like this–they are way too busy for me too, but now that I’ve done it, I have more appreciation for the ladies who do similar designs on a regular basis.

  12. 18 November, 2012 at 2:53 am

    So damn pretty! I need to try my hands at this 🙂 yours are gorgeous though.

    1. 19 November, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much. Let me know if you try it. I’d love to see your design.
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  13. 18 November, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    decent? these look perfect!
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    1. 19 November, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you! <3 You know how I am about my designs. I'm glad everyone liked them.

  14. 18 November, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Really, your first??? That’s amazing! I do happen to like tribal prints and I think this turned out really good.
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    1. 19 November, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you! 😀

  15. 18 November, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I normally don’t like tribal prints much, but you did an AMAZING job. It looks like an actual print and not freehanded at all!
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    1. 19 November, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  16. 18 November, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    these look awesome! I would not have the patience.
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    1. 19 November, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Melanie! They do take a while but it got easier and I was able to do it quicker as I moved from nail to nail.

  17. 19 November, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    We are some kind of dang tribal nail prodigies aren’t we?! I mean, I think yours are like miles above mine, they look so good I want them to be made into a purse or something, but for both of our first tries I’m proud of us both. See? Isn’t it great that this challenge is making us try all this new stuff? Ugh these nails of yours are haunting me they look so good. I know they’re too busy for you cuz you’re nuts and all but they look soooooooooo good!! Perfect job.
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    1. 19 November, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      This is a perfect example of me not being that impressed with my nails and then everyone likes them. lol I do think it’s awesome that the challenge is making me stray from my comfort zone so yay to that. Thanks again for the compliments. I am feeling kinda confident so I can’t wait for the next challenge where I do some ugly ass nails and then I’m back down in the dumps. hahaha

  18. Lesley
    20 November, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    WHAT??? WHAT??? These are FREAKING INCREDIBLE! Holy crap, they are fantastic!!!
    Everyone’s comments have been positive, but…I need MORE. I need to convey how impressed I am by jumping through the Intarwebs and yelling about it! Like if you did my nails, I would ask you to do this, despite the fact that I have never considered tribal nails for myself. I especially like the middle/pinky design.
    And, that is all. I hope I have expressed that I like these rather a lot. 😉

    1. 21 November, 2012 at 3:15 am

      lol…woah. I don’t think any of my nail designs have ever inspired such strong reactions. I honestly think that there was some kind of magical inspiration involved because I had no idea what I was doing or what kind of look I wanted to end up with. I was watching really bad zombie movies on netflix while I did them so who knows? But thank you! All the positive comments have made me feel that maybe I should try more freehand stuff. 🙂

  19. 23 November, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I actually can see now all the tools you used! I can’t believe those essence’s came out so good, I mean I love essence but i thought it was other colour brands you used!
    Also I’m so jealous you use a brush and your lines are so straight… I’m working so hard on that at the moment!
    Anyways I did fb comment but I’ll say it again, LOVE it!!!
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    1. 24 November, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you! It’s actually easier than I thought to do straight lines with those really long bristled brushes. I am a huge fan of essence as you can tell. I think they make some of the best and most underrated polishes out there. I wish I had access to all of their colors since we only get a few at the store I shop at.

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