Who needs strips (and all the application headaches they bring) when you’ve got teeny paint brushes and Google? Not this girl. I’ve conquered the leopard print mani, and this was my first try, squeee!
I’m not getting any points for originality, but animal print is still trending. You don’t have to take my word for it, check out the Harper’s Bazaar roundup of NY Spring 2012 Fashion Week, or just, you know walk outside and look at what people are wearing.
No friends, the leopard print manicure is not a Tanyatopia original. A quick Internet search and you’ll have tutorials coming out the wazoo, but I liked the ease of Jezebel’s instructions. For my next attempt I’m going to try my hand – hardy har har – at Refinary29′s Lisa Frank mani.
I can tell already this is going to be one of my go-to designs. It’s easy, imperfections are rewarded and it’s not a messy pain in the ass like water marble nails.
Anyhoots, to begin, pick three colors and make sure there’s enough differentiation in your choices so the spots pop. Also, and I can’t stress this enough, make sure the two colors you use for the spots are opaque.
What I did:
- Prepped my nieces nails (clean, dry, filed)
- Applied one coat of Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Base & Top Coat
- For the base color I applied two coats of Fast Track from the China Glaze Capitol Colours collection. Fast Track is beige in color with subtle pink tones and gold shimmer.
- I made spots using Cover Girl Continuous Color 3 in 1 in Copper-ccino. Just clean off the excess and dot irregularly all over the nail using the brush from the bottle, making sure to leave some space between dots.
- Next I drew equally irregular parenthesis around the dots with a small script brush. The color in the picture is Smoke and Ashes from the China Glaze Capitol Colours collection. Smoke and Ashes is an opaque blue-black with green, purple and blue micro-glitter, but the green glimmer dominates.
- I filled the gaps between spots with a small blob of Smoke and Ashes.
- Last, a thick layer of Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Base & Top Coat when the spots are dry
Tah-dah! This took me about an hour. If you’re not into spending that much time on your nails, may I suggest the statement nail. It’s equally fablicious in a fraction of the time.