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Tiger nails using Barry M nail art pens

I bought three of the Barry M nail art pens last week – in white, silver and black. I have been itching to try them out, so I added to my W7 Sunset Island manicure with some tiger stripes.

I’m really not the best freehand artist there is – and these still aren’t that great – but they are way better than anything I could do with a striper polish or striping brush, so for me these pens are a huge hit.

I don’t have any other nail art pens to compare them with, but I’ve read other blogs that say that these are better because the nibs don’t become blocked, and nor do you have to squeeze them to get the polish out. The colour certainly seems to flow very nicely. It did sometimes need a bit of persuasion to go on and stay on. I’m not sure if my top coat made it too shiny or slippery to deal with, but it only took another swipe of the pen to sort it out, so it was hardly difficult.

I’ve never done tiger nails before, and some of my stripes could be better placed, but overall the effect is really striking.

Barry M Nail Art Pen Black tiger nails small
Tiger nails using W7 Sunset Island and a Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: four coats of W7 Sunset Island
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Tiger stripes: Barry M Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Claire Kerr

Thanks – needs a bit more practice though 🙂

Inky Whiskers

Practice just means more play time with your nail art toys! <3


Me likey too! I just bought these, and I’m looking around for simple ideas for my first attempt at freehand nail art 😀

Claire Kerr

That’s why I went for wavy lines! Even though I managed to make a bit of a mess of them, the outcome wasn’t as bad as it would have been if I’d been trying for straight lines!