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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.
- I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow and let dry.
- Then, I sponged on Alpine Snow and a color I made by mixing OPI Going My Way or Norway? and OPI Good Grief! on my old margarine lid (thanks to Kelly from Set in Lacquer for this awesome idea!)
- 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.