NOTW: Of Leopards and Studs

Last week I was wearing a manicure that was inspired from a picture I saw on the internet.  Leopard print, studs and nude nail polish are all three of my favourites when it comes to nails and I combined all three in this manicure.  It does take some patience and a steady hand to accomplish but nonetheless, it is relatively easy.

1. Prep nails with a base coat to protect your natural nails and make the polish last longer.

2. Apply two coats of a nude beige nail polish of your choice and leave to dry thoroughly.  I used Essence Nude Glam in 06 Cookies and Cream.

3. Decide what is going on each nail and I suggest you start with the studs first.
  • For nails on which you are going to put a single stud, apply a little clear nail polish at the base of the nail and carefully place the stud right in the middle of the nail.
  • For the nails where you are going to do a stud border, work on one half of the nail at a time.  Apply some clear nail polish to half the nail around the edges and work your way adhering rhinestones and making sure to only space them out a little and keep in line. I used the Born Pretty Store Rhinestone Picking Wax Pen to pick-up and place the studs (also from Born Pretty Store).
  • Here comes the fun part...leopard print nails! Start by randomly placing largish dots of gold polish (China Glaze Midnight Kiss) on the chosen nails. With a dark brown polish (E.L.F. Chocolate) and a medium sized dotting tool, create jagged 'C'-shapes around the gold dots.  Keep a picture near you to get the print right.
4. Finish off with a glossy top coat once your nails are completely dry. I used AODL UV Gel Top Coat from Born Pretty Store.

3 comments on "NOTW: Of Leopards and Studs"
  1. I really like this nail design :) Keep it up!!

  2. This is so magazine-editorial looking, I love it!! You should do it to your clients too!

    1. Thank you so much Natalie! That is really one good compliment :D