Thursday, 29 September 2011

First freehand leopard

I love love love the leopard design Konad has, I have used it countless times, but I wanted to see how I would cope with attempting to do a freehand leopard print manicure. This is how it came out, this is my first time trying to do a freehand leopard print...

My other half tells me it doesn't look like leopard print, but the coloured dots look like bugs and the black looks like bug wings! So he says my manicure looks like I have butterflies on them. Not quite the look I was going for. I think the black leopard spots are a bit too thick around the coloured dots, but I wasn't too upset with my first efforts.

I started off painting my nails with two coats of Barry M Mint Green.

Next up using a dotting tool, I painted odd sizes of pink (Nina Ultra Pro in Punki Pink) green (Barry M in Spring Green) and orange (Barry M in Block Orange) I find it easier to pour a bit of polish from each bottle out, rather than trying to get a glob from each colour and dotting using the brush.

Then (again, using a dotting tool) I tried to draw the leopard print spots around the coloured dots.

To finish I  applied China Glaze fast forward top coat.

Hopefully leopard print is one of those nail art techniques which I can get better at with a few more practices! 


  1. It looks good for your first try!
    I always free hand my leopard print, I found it just takes a bit of practice! :)

  2. Great job for a first try! I won't even attempt it, there's no telling what it would look like!

  3. looks like you've had your portion of fun, don't worry, next time it'll be even better :-D

  4. Aw thanks everyone, I will definitely practice some more and report back! x

  5. Looks good to me! I love the colors you chose.

  6. They look really good, I love that mint green colour! x


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