leopard print nails

I know I am about a year too late to the leopard print nail party and the boat has well and truly set sail, but I have arrived, fashionably late, with this, my first ever attempt. I don’t really know why I haven’t indulged in leopard print nail art before now but already I’m hooked and am conjuring up my next colour combo! I purchased the Models Own nail art pen on a whim during a frenzied lunchtime splurge along with Sleek’s Rose Gold blusher (such a beautiful colour) and some false lashes. 

The nail art pen is really easy to use, and the fine nib means you can really go to town with some precise and intricate nail art. At the other end is a long thin brush, ideal for making loose sweeping lines across your nail and perfect for creating a zebra-stripe type design, for example. Hands up if you can guess what my next nail art creation will be?!

For this leopard print mani I used:
Barry M Mint Green 304
Barry M Pale Purple 308

I painted my nails half and half with these two colours just to make the background a little bit more fancy that just using one colour. Then I took Essie’s Aerie Fairy and made different sized spots randomly all over my nails. Once the spots were completely dried, I took the nail art pen and disjointedly lined around the spots and made some other marks in the gaps wherever I felt necessary. To achieve the most effective finish the idea is not to be meticulous when applying the spots and using the pen, but to be quite loose and random with the pattern. It is a perfect nail art design if you haven’t got the steadiest of hands as any mistakes made really don’t show up that much.

Have you tried this design? 
Do you like to sport some spots?

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  1. 21st August 2011 / 10:40 am

    I'm so impressed. I know if I tried that it'd be a smudged mess

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  2. 21st August 2011 / 10:45 am

    Wow i love these, they look so nice! And i love the two coloured background πŸ™‚ xx

  3. 21st August 2011 / 10:53 am

    I love it, they're so cute! I bought a white nail art paint with a striper brush to do zebra nails but I've never been sure how to do leopard ones, will definitely give these a go! xxx

  4. 21st August 2011 / 10:57 am

    Wow, they look amazing. I have never given this a try before but now I think I just might xoxo

  5. 21st August 2011 / 11:06 am

    you are doing such amazing nail art lately, love it! Xx

  6. 21st August 2011 / 11:10 am

    i love them…
    so cool

  7. 21st August 2011 / 12:04 pm

    these are great
    fabulous job!


  8. 21st August 2011 / 12:25 pm

    These are so pretty, and so neat! I'm going to give it another go but the last time i did this, it was such a mess. i really like the colours you've chosen. x

  9. 21st August 2011 / 12:30 pm

    I love the idea of using half and half colours, and these are great for your first attempt! I love doing leopard nails, but my first attempt was pretty bad! xx

  10. 21st August 2011 / 12:58 pm

    I love the colours! Great first attempt πŸ™‚

  11. 21st August 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Cool! XOXO

  12. 21st August 2011 / 3:31 pm

    So pretty! I'm sporting leopard print nails right now too. I used Models Own Gray Day (I think!) and the MO black nail art pen too πŸ™‚ xx

  13. 21st August 2011 / 4:27 pm

    You know I want you to do mine like that πŸ˜‰ Love xx

  14. 21st August 2011 / 4:36 pm

    omg i really love them! i think the colour combination is gorgeous, so pretty! x

  15. 21st August 2011 / 4:36 pm

    LOVE these! They look fantastic! I have that nail art pen I cant get enough of little designs to jazz things up here and there! What a great blog! X

  16. 21st August 2011 / 8:17 pm

    This is a really unique take on the leopard trend Milly, you're so creative! Might have to give this a whirl at some stage! x

  17. 21st August 2011 / 8:23 pm

    wow, it looks gorgeous, ought to try it out!
    Krissy xoxo

  18. 21st August 2011 / 11:23 pm

    Very pretty I love how you did two different colors πŸ™‚


  19. 22nd August 2011 / 3:24 pm

    Such pretty colours x

  20. 22nd August 2011 / 9:20 pm

    leopard print is still very much here i love it πŸ˜€

    shel xx

  21. 26th August 2011 / 8:13 pm

    ive been looking for a affordable nail art pen and models own had one!

  22. 12th September 2011 / 3:37 pm

    They are gorgeous. I need to get a nail art pen (or 5) and go to town on my (and lil missy's) nails

  23. 27th July 2012 / 3:27 pm

    That is so beautiful! You must have a pretty steady hand. I think I need to get on the nail art pen bandwagon too. xo

  24. 4th September 2013 / 2:55 am

    This looks amazing!! I love how pretty it is! Really your post is really very good and I appreciate it. You write very well which is amazing. I really impressed by your post. πŸ™‚

    – Cindy
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