Neon leopard print - step by step

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I saw an awesome mani online that I just had to try. However it had rhinestones and beads. And while I love the look of rhinestones and beads I don't like them on my nails. It's just my preference. I don't like the feel of it on my fingers. 

So I took the steps of this leopard print mani by Love4Nails and left off the rhinestones and beads.

It really is quite easy although it is time consuming. I used Zoya Lo, Whitney, Arizona and Creamy for the base colors. Zoya Raven was also used for the black on the leopard's spots. The black and white stripes were made just using striper polishes.

Bright and colorful leopard nail art
Bright and colorful leopard manicure
So here's a step by step guide on how it was done. 

I started with a base coat to protect my nails.

Then I painted one corner of my nail with Zoya Lo. On one of them I went too far up. If you do that don't worry. Nothing in these steps has to be perfect.


I let that dry and then applied the Zoya Arizona. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect. I overlapped the pink with the orange.


Then I applied Zoya Creamy to the outside tip. I forgot to get a photo of this step. But you get the idea. After that I used Zoya Whitney in a curve over the orange and up one side of the nail - overlapping the yellow.


Then using a striping polish I placed a stripe of black in a curve along the center of the nail and then applied a white stripe right next to it.


Using Zoya Whitney and a small tipped art brush I made dots and swiggles along on the yellow and down the side. I say "swiggles" because I think perfect dots don't look quite right for the leopard spots. 


After that I used the same small tipped brush and applied black around the pink "swiggles." Don't completely paint a circle around them. Just outline parts of the "swiggles."

Let it dry and apply a good top coat. I use Seche Vite fast dry. It helps it dry quickly and it doesn't smear the design.

The hardest part of this mani was completing the "off hand." Just make sure you hold your tongue just right!  :)

And this is the completed manicure. I may keep this one on for a few days.

 
Bright and colorful leopard nail art
Bright and colorful leopard manicure


14 comments

  1. So pretty thanks for the step by step

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  2. It looks so difficult but then in pictures it seems so easy! Great job!

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  3. Lovely mani!! Great step by step :))

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  4. I love this! Thanks for the step by step!

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  5. Extremely helpful. Very beautiful :)

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  6. Definitely keep it on for a few days...it looks amazing!

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  7. Gorgeous manicure! I saw one of the photos and immediately said "Arizona!" I'm learning :)

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  8. Would love to try this mani so cute!!!!!

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  9. Name is actually Cheryl MacIntyre, showing my blog name =)

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  10. so lovely!!! perfect for spring!

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  11. This is so cute! I'm going to try it!

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  12. Okay this is definitely the tutorial I most want to try! I'm a big fan of bright colours and leopard print!!

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