DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

I’m a huge admirer of people who can do nail art. Hands so steady like a surgeon’s, meticulously drawing wafer-thin lines on nails, picking tiny gems and placing them on nails … oh the skills! Me, I’m happy to be able to nail-polished dots with my toothpicks. :P

And I did! Presenting my proudest moment in what I would call a bit of nail art and my favourite design of all – the leopard print.

DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

It’s not the best rendition of leopard print on nails out there (nail bloggers please don’t keel over in embarrassment), but I’m mighty chuffed to have been able to come up with something resembling my favourite print. I didn’t realise how easy it was to do. You don’t even have to draw straight lines! Just dip toothpicks into nail polish and smudge away.

DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

What I used to create the look:
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Cafe Au Lait
Ulta3 Nail Color in Black Satin
Face of Australia Molten Metallics Nail Enamel in Gold (as you can tell, this is my go-to lacquer for gold)

DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

DIY Leopard Print Nail Art

I think I’m going to keep my leopard-print Sally Hansen nail stickers for a special occasion and play around with these instead. I can’t wait to try other colour combinations out. As long as there are no straight lines involved, I think I’ll be all right. ;)

PS: I’ll show you my leopard print collection some day. It comes in the form of 3 pairs of shoes, a shirt, 3 scarves and possibly a bag. Safari in my house much?

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  1. xin

    awsome job you did there! leopard print is something that looks difficult but actually not so. what about tiger stripes? :D
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha thanks Xin! You definitely do a better job than I do when it comes to nail art. I can only do things that don’t require straight lines. Tiger stripes require straight lines so no can do :P

  2. beetrice

    cute! I wonder what would happen though if you wore your entire leopard print collection at one go.. :P
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    1. Tine

      Err I may like leopard print but I know where to draw the line ;)

  3. Victoria

    It is lovely! A good idea for DIY nail art :-)

    1. Tine

      Haha thanks Victoria. Didn’t realise it would be easy to do. Always thought it looked too damn complicated :P

  4. peach_

    That is really cute! I love how nails can become a pop of accessory, much like your beloved scarves and shoes. :)
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    1. Tine

      I agree! I can’t do much nail art at all, so I’ll stick to nail stickers to be that extra pop of accessory :)

  5. pj

    love it! it’s so pretty n cute ;)
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    1. Tine

      Thanks PJ! :)

  6. plue

    not bad, not bad at all! i do think it’s nicely done! i have no love for leopard prints, but my colleague does! showed her your nail art and she said it’s awesome and gonna try it out soon :D

    she’s the only current colleague that i have that i could ever share my beauty loot and discoveries with :P
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    1. Tine

      Awww please thank your colleague for me :D. It’s so nice to have someone who shares your love for beauty loot :P

  7. gio

    You did an awesome job, love it!
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    1. Tine

      Haha thanks Gio :D

  8. Kaye

    Tine I love this! It looks absolutely amazing, well done you! :D
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  9. Beauty Box

    How adorable are your nails…I love them. I bought a nail applicator thingy to do polka dots and flowers but have yet to bust it out.
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    1. Tine

      Oooh you have something that can draw flowers? How cool is that? I have toothpicks :P

  10. Eunice

    Looks nice Tine.. Much better than me who can’t even apply nail polish well. Haven applied any for over a year since I was pregnant. Now all the more no, since little one loves to chew my fingers

    1. Tine

      Thanks Eunice. I think that as long as it does not involve any straight lines, I should be able to manage :P
      Do start with nail polish on your toes. Looks great with open-toed shoes. Surely your little ones wouldn’t chew your toes? ;)

  11. Issa

    I think you did a great job! it’s pretty. I am also one of those people who doesn’t have steady hands, hihihi….

    1. Tine

      Thanks Issa. This one’s actually quite easy to do. Even unsteady hands can do blobs like I did. No kidding! :P

  12. Jennifer

    So so lovely!!! :) I love animal prints too. The only thing is I cannot stomach the constant banter and sometimes unkind remark about my animal print items…else I would have gotten Crocs in leopard print etc. Aww I am so envious of your beautiful nail works.

    1. Tine

      Aww thanks Jennifer. Really, this was a fluke. I have zero talent in nail art. Nail blobs are the best I can do, so thank goodness leopard prints are pretty much just blobs :P
      Oh I know what you mean! I adore animal print but my mum constantly tells me how ugly they are. Ugh. >.<

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