Leopard Nails with a Pop of Red!

Leopard Nails with a Pop of Red!


I saw this manicure by one of our L4LPSC participants (@ItsmeNicciB) and immediately fell in love!  I let her know I’d be recreating it and sure enough, this week for Valentine’s Day I thought it was quite appropriate so I grabbed my neutral, red and black polishes and went to work.  I decided against doing a video tutorial because it really is not that complicated, plus there are a lot of leopard nails how-to tutorials posted online already.  Instead, I created an easy to follow pictorial:

Leopard Nails with a Pop of Red
Sorry about the quality, these are cell phone pics!

How to: Leopard Nails with a Pop of Red

Step 1:  Paint your nails with two coats of  red and neutral polish.  I used OPI’s Barefoot in Barcelona on my middle, ring and thumb fingernails and Wet n’ Wild’s I Red a Good Book on my pinky and pointer fingernails.

Step 2:  Over the neutral nails, apply random asymmetrical red dots using a nail art brush.

Step 3:  Apply smaller asymmetrical black dots in between the red ones.

Step 4:  With a smaller nail art brush, apply black polish on the outer edge of the red dots in broken circles.

Allow the polish to completely dry and finish with a top coat of your choice!

leopard print nails tutorial
My design wasn’t completely dry before I applied the top coat so it is a bit streaky.

I really loveeeeee the results and felt quite sexy every time I glanced down at my hands.

leopard print nails tutorial
Dominant (right) Hand

For those who missed my announcement about my No-Buy Nail Polish Challenge – I’ve decided that I cannot purchase any new polishes until I use every polish in my collection.  This manicure used 3 polishes and my previous Color Block nails used two, so I’m already down 5.  About 130-ish to go!  🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day

  • Love it!

  • Love that this is guide. I usually just do and don’t share! lol

  • I’m loving this mani! I’m a big fan of red and leopard prints are right up my alley. I have to recreate this soon, and I already have the perfect polishes to do it!

    And I’m so sorry about my comment section being so hard to find! I promise I didn’t do it, I think it’s in the way my design is set up. When I saw your comment it made my day 🙂 Thank you!