Honestly, who knew that cow printed nail art could be so chic?
If it’s good enough for Burberry, Victoria Beckham, and Moschino, then it’s good enough for us. Yup, cow print is officially here to stay, and this time it’s hitting our fingertips.
No longer associated with the sartorial choices of Jamiroquai and Anastasia circa 2000, cow print is officially fashioned week-approved. Also, it’s really fun.
Even Kendall Jenner seems to be obsessed with this trend.
In her Allure March 2019 cover story, Kendall Jenner admitted that the manicure trend she’s most looking forward to trying is cow print, saying,
I know that sounds really weird but it’s actually really cool.”
And she’s not wrong.
The latest way to give your leopard print obsession a much-needed update, cow print is the sassy new nail art trend taking Instagram by storm.
Whether it’s an all-out monochrome mani complete with ‘Got milk‘ slogan, or a nod towards the trend via a statement nail, the black and white trend is sassy, surprisingly subtle, and just the right level of bad taste.
After some digging into the cow nail art trend, we found that it’s actually cute and totally wearable.
Animal prints, in general, will never go out of style. There will always be a snakeskin, a cheetah, an ocelot, or a crocodile to suit someone’s fancy,” says Gina. “I love an exotic print, but there’s something that feels very classically American about a good cow print.”
As for what kicked off the cow print nail art trend, Gina has a theory: “I first started noticing cow print getting more attention around the same time the Doja Cat “Mooo!” video dropped,” she said. “We were certainly talking about it over at Nail Swag! I’m not sure of the overall cultural impact, but I definitely felt it in the nail and drag communities at that time.”
Speaking of drag, one of Gina’s cow print designs was inspired by drag queen/general queen Monique Heart, who is currently competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4. “She took what could’ve been a fashion faux pas runway moment on her original season where she mistook a giraffe print for the cow, uttering the iconic phrase “Brown Cow. Stunning!,” and ran with it, making cow print her signature look for this season,” explains Gina. “I recently created a tribute to Monique and her artistry on my own nails with a matte finish hand painted brown cow print overlaid with the word ‘STUNNING’ in shiny, gold, Old English-style lettering.”
And if have are already into this cow print, achieving the fierce finger look is a lot easier than you might imagine.
You can even mix in some brown spots with the black, to add dimension to the print.
Here’s some escapade for those who have OCD of perfection…
A great thing about the cow print manicure is that other than the stark white base, precision is totally unnecessary when it comes to drawing on the spots.
Whether you opt for an accent cow print nail or two, or you plan on diving head-first into the trend with all-over cow print, this is one nail art trend we can see lasting through spring and summer.
Images: Courtesy of Instagram
Source: Hello Giggles and Elle Magazine