How to Paint Leopard Print with Nail Polish

I love leopard and cheetah print in fashion. I have shoes with it, purses, beanies, blankets, etc. One of my goals last year during bar prep was learning how to paint leopard print on my nails. A great goal during the most stressful time of my life, I know, haha but painting my nails each week helped keep me sane during those 3 months of nonstop studying. Below are pictures of the set I did last year!

After researching the difference between leopards and cheetahs, their furs, and different techniques, I was surprised to find that painting leopard print nails is pretty easy! (Easy compared to some nail designs I’ve seen, lol). In case you’re wondering, cheetahs have black spots and leopards have the black broken up circles on them.

To do this project you’ll need a few things: a base coat, top coat, four (or three) nails polish colors, and a toothpick. It’ll also help if you have a paper towel, napkin, or paper plate.

Step 1: Apply base coat and let dry.

Step 2: apply one color as an accent to your thumb, pointer, and pinky. Apply the base color for the leopard print to your middle and ring finger.
I like picking a neutral color for the leopard base, such as white or nude, and a color for the accent nails.

Step 3: With the toothpick, paint little dots randomly on your leopard print nails.
Here is where you can either choose to use 3 or 4 colors. If you use 3 colors (black, neutral, and color) you’ll paint the dots in the same color as the accent nails. If you use 4 colors like I did, the dots will be their own color.

Step 4: With the other end of the toothpick, paint black dots and broken circles around the dots from step 3 and in the blank space. Let dry.

Step 5: Apply top coat when the polish has dried for at least 2-3 minutes.

And you’re done! Hopefully between explaining it and seeing the pictures of each step it’ll be easy for you to follow along! I think this print can be done in any season by switching up the accent color and the color of the dots in the leopard print. For fall I’d use what I’ve done here with the dark green. For winter you can change it to a red, spring could be pastel, and summer could be a really bright color.

If you try this out, make sure to tag me on the different socials! I’d love to see what you come up with!


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