Monday, 18 February 2013

Manicure Monday: Lilac Leopard Print

Today's manicure is inspired by my birthday trip to WAH Nails (here). Sadly I don't have money to burn on regular trips to the salon for nail art so thought I would take matters into my own hands (literally) and attempt a leopard print nail on myself in a lovely pastel hue for Spring. And you know what? It's actually surprisingly easy to do!

I used two Barry M nail paints: Berry Ice Cream for the base and Mint Green for the splodges. I also took the opportunity to bust out the Sally Hanson Nail Art pen I picked up in New York last year, that I'd completely forgotten I owned. AND an absolute must for me to use here was Revlon's Liquid Quick Dry.

As I've mentioned before, I'm no nail artist or tutor, but here's my attempt at explaining how I did it.

First, I painted the base coat with the lovely lilac Berry polish. I waited a minute or so before swiping over the top with the Liquid Quick Dry - this is a clear oil and really does dry nail polish almost instantly. A godsend!

Then I took the Mint Green polish and painted haphazard splodges on each nail - not dotting them, but more of a mini swipe with not too much polish on the brush. Another coat of Quick Dry. Then I went to sleep for the night, zzzz.

The next morning I took the black nail art pen, pressed the nib down on some paper a few times to ensure the polish was flowing at a consistent, er, consistency and drew roughly round each of the green splodges in broken circles. I added dots and commas in between to fill in the gaps. I even managed this with my left hand and was genuinely impressed with the result! See for yourself:

This is my new favourite nail design! To see some leopard print nail art in action you could also go to the source and take a look at this YouTube tutorial by WAH Nails, right here.

P.S. Don't forget a topcoat to seal everything in place.

My Nails:
Barry M: Berry Ice Cream & Mint Green (here & here)
Sally Hansen: Nail Art Pen in Black (here)
Revlon: Liquid Quick Dry (here)

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  1. Hi dear !
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  2. Really cute nails! Such a nice blog you have :D
    I nominated you for the 'Liebster award'! If you haven't really done it before, feel free to check it out on my blog if you like :)

    1. Aw thanks! I did a Liebster post back in November last year, check it out :)

  3. These are amazing, they look professionally done or adhesives they're that good!

    I've been looking for a bog standard black nail art pen for a while now, this looks great. xx

  4. These are so well done!! I don't think I have a steady enough hand for this kind of thing! xx

    1. Thanks! In this case a wobbly hand just adds to the effect :)

  5. Oh I really like it!
    I wish I could do it myself!
    I always have a problem when I try to do my left hand :s
    How do you do that??
    I also follow you on Bloglovin, follower 1 that's me ;)
    Would be great if you follow me back ??
    Do you have a FB page to like ??
    Let me know, kisses, LIMA

    1. Thanks! The left hand was actually pretty easy, you should give it a go :)


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