Our 5 Favorite Cat-Centric Manicures


I love admiring online pics of nail art and obsess over finding a local artist who can make my cat manicure dreams come true. Sadly, I’m just not that confident in my painting skills and have been seeking other ways to get my feline fingernail fix.

I recently featured a DIY cat nail decal project that requires little more than a printer and some special paper, but if you don’t have time to do it yourself, there’s also an emerging market of ready made decals, press-ons, and other fun accessories to give your claws that extra kitty pop.

1. Pastel Kitty Nails

If you’re looking for a temporary way to lengthen your talons, a pair of faux tips may be the key. I absolutely adore this pastel set, handmade by Aya, featuring kawaii kitten decals, accented with tiny pearls, studs, and rhinestones.

These adorable alternatives to acrylics are reusable and soak off in hot water. They were created by a professional nail tech in Japan (the world capital of cuteness), who makes tons of adorbz designs and also takes custom orders.

2. City Kitties Cat Nail Decal Set

What’s better than awesome cat nail decals? How about prettying your paws and helping homeless kitties at the same time? I Heart Nail Art recently teamed up with City Kitties to create nail art for a good cause.

The cats pictured on this charitable set are actual cats and kittens who are up for adoption or have been successfully adopted from City Kitties, a nonprofit, no-kill cat rescue dedicated to saving and improving the lives of stray cats in the West Philadelphia area. In addition to making a feline fashion statement, $5 from every decal set will be donated to the rescue and goes directly to caring for and saving cats in need.

3. Assorted Cat Nail Decals

These fancy fingers right here belong to none other than yours truly, after I gave some JanChristie cat nail decals a try. After applying a pale pink base coat, each thin decal was applied like a sticker, with a little help from a tweezer to put them in place.

I opted to go with a multitude of felines for a crazy cat lady look, but you can order any color or breed you’d like or even go for a custom print of your own cat. The decals last for a few days and can be extended by adding a generous clear top coat.

4. Famous Cats of the Internet Nail Decals

We’ve already gone over how you can own a piece of your favorite Internet cat, but did you know that you can make a grumpy statement on your nails, too?

Show off your ultimate celebri-kitties street cred with this cat decal set by Tatiana Veneruso. The 11-piece collection features famous feline faces like Maru, Shironeko, Colonel Meow, and more, so your favorite cats will always be at your fingertips.

5. Polymer Clay Cat Slices

Another attractive alternative to decals is polymer clay kitties, which add a unique, three-dimensional look to your manicure.

These cutie kitty heads are sold in a clay cane stick, which can be sliced into 70 to 100 individual pieces, depending on the thickness. I dig how they can easily be adhered using a special glue or a base coat. Take your tips to a whole other level of cuteness!

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