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DIY Leopard Print Nails

It’s the print that never seems to go out of style — luxurious leopard with all her glorious spots!

Fall 2013 fashion runways were filled with many takes on leopard’s classic print: neons, winter whites, and shimmer.

So, what better way to stay on-trend than by adding some leopard RAWR to your tips?

  • Let’s Get Started 1 of 9
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    Are you kitten me right meow? The name of the game is imperfection. It's a fool-proof tutorial to achieve this season's wildest nails — leopard print!

     

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  • You Will Need … 2 of 9
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    For this particular look, I chose a metallic version using trendy colors — gold and oxblood. But any combination that suits your style will do!

     

    You Will Need:

    • Base color — Orly 'Luxe'
    • Spot color — Wet n Wild 'Craze'
    • Outline + Details — Revlon 'Knockout'
    • Top Coat (not pictured)
    • A paper plate
    • Toothpicks with the points snipped off (use scissors)
    • Cotton pads presoaked in nail polish remover (to clean toothpicks if needed)
  • Step 1. Apply Neutral Polish 3 of 9
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    Apply two coats of base color to clean nails. Let dry 5 minutes between each coat to avoid smudging when applying spots.

     

    A good way to know if your polish is completely dry is by lightly tapping your thumbs together (polish to polish). If there is any tackiness, the polish isn't dry. If not, you're ready to apply spots! 

  • Step 2. Apply Irregular Spots 4 of 9
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    Using the nail polish brush, apply a small pool of polish to the paper plate. Think of this as your palette.

     

    Using one end of the toothpick (remember, the point should have already been removed with scissors) paint irregular spots (both in size and shape) on each nail. Don't be scared to let some spots come all the way to the nail edge.

     

    Tip: Should you notice the toothpick tip becoming gooey, clean off excess nail polish with a pre-soaked cotton pad.

  • Or … Apply to Only One Nail 5 of 9
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    If all over leopard is too wild, apply to only one finger for a more subtle rendition.

  • Step 3. Outline in Black 6 of 9
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    Pour a small pool of black on the paper plate, using the nail polish brush. With a clean toothpick, apply a messy outline partially around each spot. If desired, fill in empty space with additional black dots. 

  • Step 4. Repeat 7 of 9
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    Repeat on all fingers until completed.

  • Step 5. Apply Top Coat 8 of 9
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    Apply a top coat to preserve the length of your manicure. I suggest also applying a thin layer to the nail edge to help prevent early chipping.

  • To Review … 9 of 9
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