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How to: DIY Leopard-Print Nail Art
Mon, 24 September 2012 3:33PM
Over the past month while I was in Italy, my fingernails were severely lacking in the nail art department. Sure, I kept up my buff, shape and polish routine, along with the holiday-appropriate pop of pink (current fave: Max Factor Mini Effect in Lollipop, $5.95, from select pharmacies). But since I didn’t have most of my kit with me, I was sans patterns and prints for weeks.
So it inspired me to give it a try on my own nails, albeit a slight variation. The best part about this design is you can use whichever colours you like – it doesn’t necessarily have to be the traditional neutrals.
What you’ll need:
- top and base coat
- 3 x nail polish shades. One for the base and two for the main ‘spot’ design and outline
Paint a thin coat of base coat.
Pick up your chosen base colour. As per traditional leopard print, I’ve opted for a pale, coffee-like shade: Mecca Cosmetica’s Painted Glide On Nail Colour in Regan, $22, Mecca Cosmetica. Depending on the colour and formulation, paint one-two coats, keeping them as thin as possible. Wait for your nails to thoroughly dry.
Cut one end of a toothpick so that it has a flat edge – perfect for painting your print.
Dip your nail polish into your main ‘spot’ colour. I’m using Orly’s Fired Up Collection in Flare, $18.95, 1300 769 355, a shimmering pale gold. Paint a few small connecting dots on your nail – remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Scatter the chosen amount of dots across your nails, remembering that you still need to paint your second colour, so don’t make it too crowded. Depending on whether you are decorating every nail or you just want a feature nail, paint each of the main spots on every nail.
Switching to the pointed side of your toothpick, and dip it into your second nail polish. I’m using Hello Darling in Sir English, $16.95, Hello Darling. Paint a half circle, arching around the main spot on both the top and bottom. Then, scatter a few extra dots and repeat the process on each of the spots on all of your fingers.
When each of the spots are thoroughly dry, add a thin coat of top coat.
Here’s the finished product:
And here’s another close-up shot:
What do you think, Primpers? Are you a fan of leopard print?
Would you try this at home? Or would you prefer it just on one feature nail?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett