Saturday, April 28, 2012

Reader's Request: Matryoshka "Russian Nesting Dolls" Inspired Nail Art

A couple days ago I asked my followers on Hello Cotton what my next nail art design should be. Rachel Ravenclaw from Crafts From a Ravenclaw suggested a few inspirations, but I decided to go with Russian Dolls because she said "they're insanely difficult". Challenge accepted, my friend. This is my nail art interpretation of Russian Nesting dolls. If you have any requests, please submit it in the comments below and you may see it in my next Reader's Request post! 

Also, if you are an Android or iPhone user and you like my nail art, follow me on Instagram (@IamSamCheng) and you'll get an early sneak peek of my nail art before I create a post about it! 

  • Pastel Colored Nail Polish (Pink, Green, Purple, Blue)
    • Julep "Reese"
    • American Apparel Nail Lacquer "Office"
    • American Apparel Nail Lacquer "L'Esprit" 
    • American Apparel Nail Lacquer "The Valley"
  • Shade Darker/Lighter Nail Polish (Pink, Green, Purple, Blue)
    • Julep "Niecy" 
    • Revlon Top Speed "Emerald"
    • OPI "Do You Lilac It?" 
    • Julep "Jessica" 
  • White Nail Polish
    •  American Apparel Nail Lacquer "T-Shirt"
  • Black Nail Polish
    • OPI "Black Onyx"
  • Beige Nail Polish
    • Yves Rocher "Pastel Rose"
  • Yellow Nail Polish
    • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri "Lightening"
  • Red Nail Polish
    • Sally Hansen Diamond Strength "Honeymoon Red"
  • Striper Nail Polish Brush
  • Dotter

(For photo instructions, please click HERE
  1. Create a circle near the top of your nail with a beige colored polish and allow it to dry.
  2. Using Nail Color #1 and a striper brush, create a straight line underneath the beige circle and fill in around the circle. Allow it to dry. 
  3. Using Nail Color #2, create two diagonal lines toward the center and fill in the outer triangles. 
  4. With Nail Color #3, fill in the center triangle. 
  5. Using a darker shade of each nail color, create a simple pattern. Suggestions: Grid, Dots, Lines, etc. (It can be as simple or as complex as you want) 
  6. Using the smallest end of a dotter, create the eyes with black polish, and rosey cheeks with pastel pink polish. 
  7. Use a striper and red polish to draw in the tiny lips. 
  8. Use your striper and draw two outward-facing wide "U's" at the top of the beige circle. Fill it in with black or yellow polish. 
  9. Outline with black polish and striper in all areas where colors are separated. 
  10. Use your striper, create the knot by using the main color of the head scarf.  Draw a tiny circle and two "leaf" shapes coming out of the circle. Outline the knot with black nail polish. 


  1. Those are amazing/adorable! you're so talented!

  2. Awwwww! I wouldn't be able to do this on my other hand at all!

  3. Wow...How amazing! I could ever do anything like that...with so much detail.

    Thanks for following my blog and now I'm following you!!! :)

  4. This is fantastic! :D Wow, I love the intricate and unique designs for each. They're so cute with the light pink blush on the cheeks as well. Awesome job!

    1. I'm taking suggestions for my next "Reader's Request"... so leave it in the comments section!

  5. Those are amazing! I approve, well done! They're beautiful, and it doesn't look as insanely difficult as I had thought ;)

  6. funny nails :) ;D

    U are great ;D

    I love nails too <3

  7. These are so brilliant! I've never thought of doing Russian Dolls on my nails before, I will have to try it one day :)
    Btw, I've replied to your questions/comments on my blog :)

  8. Wow x These are absolutely amazing xx
    Hi there x
    Found your lovely blog through the Bloghop - Im doing the Bloghop too would you like to follow each other ? xx
    Drop by my blog and leave a comment and I will be sure to follow back - feel free to add your link to my post where are my fellow beauty bloggers at xxx

  9. Wowzerz this mani is amazing! You are so artistic! X :-)

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  11. That's pretty crazy! Very nice work, I love those Russian dolls!


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