I started with a base of China Glaze's For Audrey. It's a tiffany blue creme that get full coverage in two coats.
no flash, artificial light.
Then using Revlon's Espresso, I made the outline I wanted. This worked best for my dog because he's a dachshund, making him notoriously long. Espresso is a brown shimmer. I'll be sure to swatch it separately one of these days because it's actually a really nice polish for a cheap price.
Then I used Finger Paint's Putty in my hands along with black and white acrylic paints to add the details. All I really needed was a lighter belly, feet and ears, then an eye and nose. It was all pretty simple since none of it had to be perfect. This picture is post-top coat. I don't know why, but my camera picked up some smearing that I didn't even notice on my nails. I'm actually pretty annoyed by this, especially since I haven't had this happen in quite a while. Oh well.
On my thumb I decided to do a comic style speech bubble. For this, I used acrylic paints. I did a black base first so I could have a small outline around the white because I wanted it to be comic book-esque. This isn't necessary, but I like how it turned out.
After you do the basic black bubble in the shape you want, carefully re-draw it in white leaving a small gap. Don't worry about the middle just yet. As you can see, I had to wipe off the paint a few times from mess-ups and some residue is left in the middle. That's fine.
Fill in the bubble with white! Then you can write whatever you want in it.
This is how it looked in the end! I love it a lot.
And here is my inspiration!
I didn't do the same thing on my left hand, but this is getting too long for one post, so I'm gonna put it in another post!