DIY Leopard Manicure

Friday, September 14, 2012

I love manicures! I think we've been through this before... right? Well, if you don't know I am pretty obsessed with nail polish and painting my nails. I have over 50 different nail polishes, and I change my polish at least twice a week. I don't always change it because I'm skitzo, it's just that I have really oily nail beds and the polish chips quickly :D

Chipped nails, is one of the reasons why I also can't justify going to a manicurist very often either. I have literally had my nails done, left the salon and then chipped my nail by the end of the night. It's nerve racking! At least if I do my own nails and chip it, I have the polish to touch it up.

All of this back story leads me to my newest DIY! As I was saying I love fun manicures, but I can't afford to go to the salon to get them. I have been spying a few new ones I wanted to try, and the first up is Leopard!

I found this tutorial via Pinterest of course. I usually like to re-dictate the tutorial, but I thought this blogger did a great job! Her instructions were really clear! Check out her full tutorial HERE.

I do have a couple tips that helped me in the process though:

- You don't have to use the special dot tool she does, you can easily use the back of a small paint brush or the tip of a roller ball pen. to make your dots.

-I didn't see in her tool kit that she used a small paint brush for the outer detail on each spot. I used a tiny paint brush and I like the results better.

- When using the paint brush, hold it close to the brush to allow for better control.

- I am pretty coordinated with my left hand, but don't be afraid to ask someone to help you paint your dominant hand. Also if you are trying it with your weak hand, instead of using your weak hand to paint, hold the paint brush steady with your weak hand and then use your dominant hand to push back on the brush and dictate the brush strokes that way.

-Pick contrasting colors. I wanted to do a snow leopard print but the gray and black didn't show up, it looked more like polka dots

- Lastly, I pulled up an image of Leopard print for inspiration

I've been pretty lazy lately with my nails, but this leopard print has gotten me motivated to try other fun manicures. I will keep you updated on the fun!! Also, if you see a picture of a manicure and do not know how to do it, send it my way and I'll see if I can figure it out ;)

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TheTinyHeart said...

This came out adorable!! I want to try it now but I have to get a brush first. Have a great weekend, Tori!

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Love and Ace said...

I'm impressed you have such control painting your left hand!! Great DIY! xo, Kat

Always Maylee said...

They came out so cute!

xo, Yi-chia
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Marija said...

Love this color combo! You did a great job, lovely post!

Anonymous said...

Those nails are really cute! They really pop with the white background. I love doing nail art now. It's so fun and actually very relaxing. :) <3


Unknown said...

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Marie-Eve said...

Great mani !!! Thanks for following my blog, I do now too !

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Elle Sees said...

cute! i did mine with the back of a pin!

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

Love how you did this! I wish I had time to do my nails but I'm always busy and most times lazy :). I just saw that you're from LA too, that's awesome! Your button will be up on my blog in a few minutes :)



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ThriftyGirl51 said...

Thats really cute!

Amy said...

great manicure!


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Fashion Lookbook said...

Love them!

Unknown said...

These actually turned out really nice. I want to try this with my nails but I'm afraid they will look like a HOT MESS!

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