Manicure Monday: Easy Leopard Print!

For those of you that love fun nail art, but may not be the best at doing it yourself, this manicure is for you!  You may be thinking that there is NO WAY you could do a leopard print on your own nails, but I promise you that it’s actually quick and easy.  And I believe in you, so you should, too!

How can recreating animal print on your nails be so easy?  Unlike a lot of other patterns, leopard print doesn’t have to be symmetrical, or even neat!  In fact, I’ve found that the less I try to make this look like animal print, the better it turns out.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look.

The first step is obviously to create your base.  One clear coat (I used Sally Hansen’s Double Duty Base & Top Coat) followed by two coats of your favorite nail polish color.  I used Nicki Minaj for OPI’s Fly.  It’s a creamy teal color.  I like it for this look because it glams up your animal print.  You can always swap out colors and use a brown or a beige if you’d like it to look more like an actual leopard, but if you haven’t noticed, I’m a sucker for bright colors (especially the Nicki Minaj OPI collection).  One of the best things about this look, though, is that it’s totally up to you which direction you’d like to go in.

Now it’s time to create the design.  Watch how simple this is.  Begin by adding a few silver dots (I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Silver Glitter) around your accent nail(s) – or every nail if you really want to go all out!  My default accent nails are always my thumb and ring finger.  I put 3-4 dots on each accent nail.  The more dots you add, the more “leopard spots” you’ll be making.  I personally like them to be spaced out a bit, but if you want more, feel free!  This is your manicure, after all.  Like I said before, the best part is that this doesn’t have to be neat by any means.  Leopards don’t have perfectly circular spots, so your nails don’t have to, either!  It’s okay if some are more oval and some are more circular.  They can even be different sizes – that’s how easy this is.

To finish the spots, I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black.  You could also use a nail art pen, but it really doesn’t have to be that accurate.  Roughly outline your silver spots in two black swoops.  All you want to do is outline the silver dots you made, and the less perfect they are, the better they’ll look.   Repeat on every silver dot you’ve made, and finish with a top coat.  Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat will ensure your leopard spots stay put for a long time!

About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

4 comments on “Manicure Monday: Easy Leopard Print!

  1. Wow. I LOVE the base color! What is it?

  2. I used OPI’s Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection!

  3. This is adorable!! You make it look so easy! I want to try this now

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