Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Nature, Day 2: Leopard Nail Art!

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Good morning, readers! Are you ready for Day 2 of Nature Week with The Digit-al Dozen? I've done leopard print nail art many times, but this is the first time I've tried to match the colors and base to an actual leopard. With the help of 2 different Simple Designs tutorials from Idiot's Guides: Nail Art by Emily The Lacquerologist, I am quite happy with how this nature-inspired mani turned out!

For my base design, I followed the Simple Gradient tutorial from Emily's book, found on pages 54-55. 
Once the gradient was blended nicely and dry, I followed the Leopard I tutorial from Emily's book, found on pages 36-37.
  • I dipped my dotting tool into a puddle of OPI Ice-bergers & Fries and made irregularly shaped spots on the nails.
  • I then dipped the same dotting tool into a puddle of OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? and created wavy outlines of the spots. C shapes, 2 bumpy lines on either side of the spot, etc. 
  • I filled in some of the empty spaces with dots and swipes of OPI Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? using the dotting tool.
  • KBShimmer Clearly On Top was used to seal it in.


What do you think? Do you have a polish color like the one I had to mix for the leopard base fur? This isn't the first time I've done this to get the "right" color I have in mind, and it helps if you don't have a huge polish collection. I just find it easier to do if you are using it for nail art or sponging it on, rather than trying to paint it onto the nails as a full color. 

Idiot's Guides: Nail Art is available now on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition! I highly recommend it!

*Idiot's Guides: Nail Art was a previously reviewed press sample, all opinions are my own.
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Thanks so much for reading! Take a look at what the rest of the Digit-al Dozen ladies did for Day 2 of Nature Week below.



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21 comments:

  1. I love the gradient! Nice touch :)

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  2. Great job!! It looks very realisic!

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  3. I have never done realistic either, now I want to do it asap! I love my margarine containers too for this.

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  4. It's perfect, especially with the gradient! I'm going to have to try a freehand leopard print one day. I use cottage cheese lids. I eat so much more cottage cheese since I started doing nail art, haha!

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  5. This is so pretty! I'm a sucker for leopard anyway but I love this faded natural look!

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  6. Gorgeous! I haven't done a freehand leopard but have done a couple stamping ones! I think the gradient adds so much to these prints!

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  7. Very nice manicure! Like it a lot!

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  8. These are so pretty - I love the realistic color combo you chose to use!

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  9. This looks amazing! I love that you used lovely gradient as your base.

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  10. so pretty - and totally true, whenever I do animal print I go for crazy colors. This looks so real!

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  11. The background gradient looks too cool!

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  12. Love! I tried leopard and they made it into my FAIL pile. These are GREAT!

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  13. I love these. The execution is perfect and the colors complement each other perfectly.

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  14. I love the gradient under the print! Looks amazing!

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  15. So beautiful...gradient + leopard...two of my favorites!

    Thanks so much for all the love for Idiot's Guides: Nail Art! <3

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  16. I love the gradient with the leopard print, it really makes this more naturalistic for me.

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  17. These are gorgeous. I'm definitely going to buy this book as soon as possible. Thanks for sharing your ideas and inspiring us all to try new ideas.

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  18. beautiful - rare to see the leopard in more natural tones but I really like this

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