Leopard Nail Art (RAWR!)

We LOVE these nails!  

I know, I know, not everyone is into nail art, but hey–animal print is sort of a classic, right?  Also, there are tons of leopard nail art tutorials online, but I figured some of you may not have seen them.  Every time I rock this look, people think I applied nail stickers or had my nails done by a pro.  They’re always surprised to find out I did it myself, but it’s so easy, you can too.  On both hands!

Click through for the details.




Apply a base coat. Yawn, right?  Stay with me.

Apply 2 coats of polish. Getting better:

  Create the “centers” of each leopard spot. Bam! You’ve just entered the realm of nail artistry.

Make dotted “C” shapes around the centers.

You can also fill in any big empty spaces with the same dotted shapes.  Nail art: complete.  

Seal in your design with a clear top coat.

   You totally just did that! Yay!



You can tone down this style by using  more neutral or muted colors.  Alternatively, you could pump up the jam (remember that song?!) by picking wilder colors and/or decorating all 10 of your digits instead of just one accent nail.  Glitter also works great with leopard print.  Meow!

Don’t skip base coat!  It reduces the chance of your nails turning yellow from staining.

This look is very forgiving.  You can make big spots or small ones, and you don’t need to be precise. You’re not going for perfection or symmetry, because hey, you’re imitating nature, which is full of irregularities.

You don’t need special tools for this design.  Use a bobby pin like I did, the tip of an old pencil, a wooden cuticle stick, or a sewing pin stuck into a pencil eraser.

My manicures last longest when I start with clean, dry nails and let every coat dry before applying the next.  This is especially important before the top coat step.  If you don’t give it enough time, your top coat can smear your beautiful design.  If you’re impatient (you know who you are), you can try really loading up the brush with a lot of top coat and gently “floating” it to apply. “Patting” or “placing” it gently works too.

If you’re thinking about doing your own nails more often, invest in a fast-drying top coat.  Not only does it help your manicure dry faster (duh), but it also makes it look shinier, smoother, and more professional.

Let us know if you’re interested in more nail art posts, because obviously, WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

You can experiment with color combinations to suit your taste.

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5 thoughts on “Leopard Nail Art (RAWR!)

  1. Manyee Lieu May 13, 2015 / 4:18 am

    Oh man! I’ve got to HAND it to you (see what I did there?), the look is so cool yet so simple to do!


    • jensbff May 13, 2015 / 4:19 am

      You’re REAL sweet, Manyee! Mwah!


  2. myinspirationpassion July 12, 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Lovely post, I’m a new blogger and I would appreciate if you had a look at my blog and give some feed-back 🙂


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