I have something exciting to share with you! For a little while, I’ve kept this quiet, but now it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. (Poor cat! Why were you ever put in a bag to begin with?) 😉
You may remember that recently, I told you about my print magazine feature for Prom Canada. Well, I got another amazing opportunity to collaborate with them!
I’m 1 of only 2 hand-picked Canadian bloggers to be chosen for the amazing opportunity to be featured on Prom Canada’s website! (Check out the post to see both of our nail creations throughout the year.)
For alternating months, I’ll be sharing a nail-art tutorial using Nicole by OPI nail polishes.
My first Prom Canada nail-art tutorial went up a couple of days ago, and it shows you step-by-step how to create funky Leopard Nail Art!
This leopard design makes it a snap to coordinate your nail art to your gown, and it’s highly customizable, so you can use loud colours for playful tips or muted, neutral shades for a classier look.
The beauty of leopard nail art is that the focus isn’t on perfection. In fact, the more asymmetrical each blob is, the more it looks like an authentic leopard!
You’ll have a lot of fun painting each nail, and since this is a freehand design, it guarantees that nobody else at prom will be wearing exactly the same manicure as you!
(You know how much I love the leopard print! In fact, I’ve featured it in a tutorial on Swatch And Learn quite some time ago in this post, and I’ve done several leopard manicures including this and this.)
What You’ll Need:
- Base coat
- 3 different colours of nail polish
- Top coat
- Dotting tool
- Small piece of foil
To create the look, I used the following items:
From left-right, they are as follows:
- Nicole by OPI 3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener
- Nicole by OPI I Shop Mintage
- Nicole by OPI Teal Me Something New
- Nicole by OPI This Blue Is So You!
- Nicole by OPI Matte Top Coat
The finished look:
After applying a base coat (e.g. Nicole by OPI 3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener), paint alternating nails with 2 of the lighter nail-polish colours.
On the piece of foil, add a few drops of the first light nail polish. Using the large end of a dotting tool, randomly blob on asymmetrical dots on alternating nails. (Repeat this step with the second light nail polish.)
On the piece of foil, apply a few drops of the third, much darker nail polish. With the small end of a dotting tool, outline all the blobs with small “C” shapes.
Shown here: Nicole by OPI This Blue Is So You!
Using the small end of the dotting tool dipped in the much darker nail polish, fill in sparse areas with extra blobs or dots.
Wait 20 minutes or longer before applying a top coat. (It looks great shiny, but give your manicure a distinctive spin with the Nicole by OPI Matte Top Coat, as shown here.)
- Don’t have a dotting tool with a small and large end? Use a toothpick and bobby pin, respectively.
- Prevent smearing the design by lightly running the bead of top coat without letting the brush touch your nail.
I hope that you enjoyed this simple tutorial on how you can create a funky pattern using just a few items!
Remember to check out the original post on Prom Canada’s website!
Are you a fan of leopard print, too? What colour combination would you use for this design? Have you already picked out your prom dress? (If you enjoyed your prom years ago, what did your dress look like?)