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Ladybird Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Today I have some ladybird nails for the animals theme of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group.

Now, we have insects coming up in July as a prompt, so perhaps I should have saved these for that. But, I’ve left it to the last minute as ever – well, over the last minute; these are several days late now – and so I scanned through my stamping plates to find some animals. I voiced the opinion that I wasn’t sure that insects *are* animals, but my clever clogs son piped up, “Of course they are, Mummy. They come under the Animalia kingdom.” (Guess who’s just done classification of species at school?!)

Ladybird nails
Ladybird nails

That was all I needed and I quickly set about creating my ladybirds (ladybugs for the North Americans amongst you).

I have to confess that I heartily despise these pretty-looking insects. They like to bite me, you see. Never anyone else, and I don’t know that they’re even known for biting, but they bite me!

Ladybird nails
Ladybird nails

But, they do look nice and cute, so they’re an easy choice of something to put on your nails.

The base colours are both Nella Milano nail polishes: The Rubinator (red) and Chantilly Cream (white). I stamped using ÜberChic Beauty 3-03 and Mundo de Uñas Red (9). As I stamped over a white base, I dotted in the black ladybird spots afterwards.


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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Plain red nails: two coats of Nella Milano The Rubinator
  • White: two coats of Nella Milano Chantilly Cream
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Uñas Red (9)
  • Stamping plate: ÜberChic Beauty 3-03
  • Black dots: Nella Milano Raven Wing
  • Top coat: Moyra Stamping Polish Top Coat

All manicure images are copyright to Kerruticles unless otherwise mentioned.
The Nella Milano polishes used for this post were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.




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Lisa N.

These are so adorable! 🙂


Hi Claire, these nails are just lovely! Your photos inspire me to baby my cuticles and skin, as well as practice my nailart. Thanks for this cute post! (In the US, we have the imported Asian Ladybird Beetles used to eat aphids off the cornfields instead of using chemicals for pest control on crops. They look just like the typical red ladybugs, but these bugs bite, too!)

Claire Kerr

When I complain that they bite me, everyone says I’m making it up! So it’s good to hear I’m (probably) not!

Sharon M

How adorable!! Turned out beautifully. And at least these don’t bite! LOL