When you don’t have the patience to do intricate nail art that requires a lot of concentration and supplies, these Pink & Blue Leopard Nails are a great choice!
The messier the spots and outlines are, the better it looks, in my opinion. Also, you don’t need many polishes or tools to achieve this look. (That’s always a plus!)
And for those of you who don’t have any Konad or other nail stamping image plates with the leopard design, this post is to show you that you can still get the look by doing it freehand. Try to be resourceful, and you may surprise yourself with the designs you can come up with. (I actually like the imperfections that freehand designs often have. They’re almost like your signature on each manicure in a way.)
Since I couldn’t decide whether to use blue or pink as the base colour, I thought…heck, why not just use them both? There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to nail art. Just do what works for you and what pleases you.
For this look, you can see that I alternated between pink and blue. You might want to do something else…maybe a different base colour on each nail? (That would be cool to have a rainbow leopard design!)
Pink & Blue Leopard Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- Base Colours:
- Black Outline: China Glaze Liquid Leather
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
*~* Pink & Blue Leopard Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Get Your Supplies Ready & Apply a Base Coat
Unscrew the caps of all the bottles a little so it’ll be easier to open when your nails are wet. And get all your other supplies within arm’s reach so you’re not scrambling around playing Hide and Seek.
Tip: When you’re picking your colours, consider using polishes with different finishes. I think it would be interesting to have matte and glittery polishes. It’ll add that extra dimension that my manicure is lacking.
Always be sure to wear a base coat because not only does this protect your nails from possible staining (or at least reduces the degree of staining), but it also helps the polish you put on top last longer in many cases or even apply more smoothly.
You probably have no idea, but my natural nails have some ridges. There was a time when I used to buff my nails to get rid of them, but I no longer do that. I find that just using a plain base coat, even if it’s not a ridge filler, actually makes the surface smoother!
And back when I was in high school, I never wore a base coat or top coat because I thought it was too much work! Hahaha, my have the tables have turned! Pretty much 99.99999% of the time, I wear a base coat and top coat because it makes my manicures last a long time, plus the finished look is way better than if you didn’t use them. I really believe it’s worth the extra effort.
Step 2: Paint Your Nails with the Base Colour(s)
Of course you can choose whatever shade(s) tickle(s) your fancy. Using a neon pink and a pastel blue made my ‘fancy’ very, verrrry ticklish. 😉
I like taking ‘sweet’ colours and transforming them into fierce beasts with a nail-art design because it’s not as predictable. Then again, leopard nails are everywhere, so maybe it is predictable…
Here I used 3 coats of each colour because I wanted the base to be completely opaque and streak-free.
After you paint your nails, make sure you wait at least 5 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Step 3: Add the Spots
Put a few dollops of polish onto your little piece of foil. Then, take your dotting tool, the end of a bobby pin, the end of a pen cap, or even the end of an old makeup brush and dip it into the polish.
When you add the spots to your nails, don’t use the dotting tool as it was intended to be used. (i.e. Don’t just add circular dots.) Instead, lightly dab and then drag the polish slightly. This will create odd shapes. The more asymmetrical the spot is, I think it looks much more interesting. So, for this design, being messy is actually a good thing!
When I did this manicure, I was watching Big Brother and wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing. And I found that it was really fun to just put on any ole shape wherever the heck I wanted. No precision is necessary!
I liked the way this turned out so much that I considered just stopping here and wearing these radioactive ‘dinosaur-egg nails’ like this. But…I had wanted to do freehand leopard nails for such a long time, so I continued. Now I can check that off my To-Do List. 😉
After you add the spots, wait a few minutes (maybe 5) just so that the polish isn’t completely wet before you proceed to the next step.
Tip: To create the spots, I used the larger end of my dotting tool. I suggest using a small dotting tool for the outlining later on.
Step 4: Outline the Spots
Add some black polish onto your piece of foil. Using a smaller dotting tool (if possible), add some lines, rings, and dots around the spots you just created. But, don’t fully outline the entire spot. You want some free edges.
Also, try not to use smooth lines with an even width. You want it to be splotchy so it looks more interesting.
To fill up some spots that may be bare on your nail, add some random black spots.
Tip: After you finish this, I suggest waiting a long time to allow your design to set a little. (I waited 30 minutes because I was watching TV while doing this.)
Don’t jump the gun because if you add a top coat too soon, you’ll smear everything, and remember, all those spots have thick polish, so it takes longer for those sections to dry than when you’re painting your nails normally.
Step 5: Add Your Top Coat
Hope you liked this easy nail-art tutorial and that you’ll try it out. Remember, feel free to share any manicures you’ve done on my Facebook wall so that everyone can see and be inspired.
What colours would you use for this design? Will you be trying it out? Do you prefer freehand leopard nails or stamped leopard nails best?