Nail Art: Curious Cows

A year ago, I did a stamping nail art with cows on each of my nails. I called it Nail Art: Holy Cow. I was on my early stages of exploring the world of nail art. I still am, actually. Anyway, I decided to recreate the cow nail design. But instead of stamping, I actually painted 2 cows on each hand and cow prints on the rest of my nails.

Cow nail art design
Curious Cows nail art by Simply Rins!

I have 2 accent nails for this design, which I drew on both my ring fingers. I find this design quite easy to do, even the cows can be easily replicated. If you're thinking of wearing a black and white manicure, perhaps you could consider wearing cow prints.

Nail Art Cow 01

I used 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow as base color on all the nails. That's Orly Cupcake for the cow's snout and black acrylic paint for the cow prints and outlines. I believe this is my first black and white nail design ... with a minor pink accent for the cows' snout.

Nail Art Cow 03

I gathered some facts about cows and this is my top 10 most interesting facts about cows:
01. An average cow produces 30 lbs of urine and 65 lbs pounds of feces daily.

02. Cows drink about a bathtub full of water and eat around 40 pounds of food a day.

03. Cows have a single stomach, but four digestive compartments.

04. Cows have an acute sense of smell and can smell something up to 6 miles away.

05. Cows can walk up stairs, but not down them. This is because her knees cannot bend properly when she tries to go down.

06. Cows have almost total 360-degree panoramic vision.

07. Cows are able to hear lower and higher frequencies better than human beings.

08. Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk.

09. Humans and cows have the same gestation period, which is about nine months.

10. Cows are referred to as the foster mothers of the human race because they produce most of the milk that people drink.

Nail Art Cow 02

I remember my mother always serves us fresh milk during breakfast and we could not leave unless we finish a glass of milk. I don't particularly like milk but I do love taking them with hot chocolate! :)

Nail Art Cow 06

You may wonder why I named this nail art "Curious Cows". I deliberately painted the cows' eyes looking at the side to create a feeling a wandering look. I think it is more obvious closeup.

After doing this, I began to doubt if white is good for my skin tone. I think it made my skin look darker. However, I really liked how this turned out. It's a fun nail art.

Will you wear a nail design like this?

Disclosure: I'm currently resting my natural nails to recover from breakage and brittleness. This design was done using artificial nails.


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  1. I do think the white goes well with your skin tone. Maybe you are not used to it?

    These are just darling. I had a co-worker, who was also my neighbor, and she had an obsession with all things cow patterned. This reminded me of her.

  2. Squeee! I mean... Moo!! That is so cute I can't even stand it. :D

    I think that white looks good on you. It does tend to make skin look a little darker. I always look slightly tanned when I wear white polish. :D

  3. That's just too cute!!! :)

  4. I love this design :) I love having white as a base color with some kind of nail art on top, so this would be a great way to do it :)

  5. wow...just wow...and more wows!


  6. What a cute design! Here in Finland we drink milk a lot, usually with every meal :) Of course not everyone does that, but it's very general here.

  7. you're a genius!!!
    manicure is awesome :-)
    thanks for sharing this interesting facts about cows :-D

  8. A moooooooooooo to everyone!

    To Kimberly, perhaps you're right that I'm not used to having white manicure. Although, I once used the same base color for my Angry Bird nail art. But that had too many colors for awkwardness. :)

    To Ice Queen, white did make my skin look darker. And for someone with a tanned complexion like myself, I doubted whether it complemented my skin tone. Thanks for saying that it looks fine. :)

    To anniescolors, thank you! I just realized that my cows appears quite thin! :)

    To Swaafie, I totally agree that white is most workable base color for nail art. It makes it easier for colors to pop out.

    To Sarahlouise1986, wow for the cows! Thank you! :)

    To Hantta, thank you for sharing that interesting tidbit about Finland! Does that mean that restaurants there have milk on their menu?

    To nail crazy, can you imagine the sight range of cows? They can see almost everything, even when you're standing behind them!

  9. Hey Rins! My sister is into nail art lately, I gave her your blog link. I hope to see you soon! hugs!

  10. Love love love it.. It's amazing the way you make almost anything look good on your nails.. I mean Cows, never would have thought of it! :)

  11. To Cathie Copaway, Cath!!! Thanks for forwarding my blog to your sister. I hope she'll find inspiration in some of my designs. :)

    To MoonLight7788, you are too kind. Having cow prints on nails is not my original idea. I did see some cow nail designs over the internet and this is just my version. :)

    To Lady Butterfly, this design is somewhat amusing noh? :)

  12. do you use your own nails, or fake nails that you paint prior to putting them on?

  13. Hi, I use my own nails unless stated otherwise. :)

    For this particular design, I disclosed at end of the post that I used artificial nails.

  14. hey ... i love your designs! I am very passionate for doing nail art designs & tutorials.. With curtsy to you, can I make video tutorials for some of the elements of your nail art. Of course not a complete same design.! I love your work & would want to spread it more!

  15. I LOVE SIMPLY RINS !!! this is where i get all my ideas from !! but i think yall should have more than one desgin like the garfield and stuff thats just my appion love your desgins !! <3

  16. This is so cute!!! I am actually doing this right now!!Thank you for posting this:)

  17. soooo cute love the idea just wish it had picture instructions

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