Sunday, 6 November 2011

Leopard Print Manicure

Today I took the time to paint my nails, and thought I should share the results and the process with you. I didn’t take stage by stage photos unfortunately as I didn’t think I’d find myself blogging about it, but its so easy I thought I’d share it with you. I know its been done everywhere and is featured on loads of blogs but here's my suggestions and tips for an easy leopard mani.

Leopard Print Manicure using OPI's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides range

I used OPI’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides range which comes in a great sampler pack of 4 mini varnishes.
Skull & Glossbones
Sparrow Me The Drama
Mermaids Tears
Planks A Lot 
Then I used OPI black onyx to make the outer of my leopard print. This black is a great black with real shine and depth when used alone. 
I started with 3 coats of Skull & Glossbones, I apply it quite thin so it dries quickly, hence the third coat so the colour is solid enough. I then added a few dots of Sparrow Me The Drama and Planks A Lot on just my ring finger and thumb.
I didn’t use Mermaids Tears in this manicure as it was a bit too similar to Skull & Glossbones to really stand out. 
So to make the outer and really turn those dots into leopard print take your OPI black onyx and really scrape the polish off the brush on the sides of the bottle so the brush goes as flat as possible. By taking off the excess polish it means you won’t get a huge blob of black on your lovely nails. So press the flat straight down onto your nail around the dot like your using a stamp. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it perfect the imperfections only make it better, continue around each dot!
Let it dry and add a top coat - done! I only do it on a couple of fingers, I think doing them all is a bit too OTT sometimes.

Lots of love, 

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