Hi, I’m Emily from the blog Very Emily and I’ll be your Blogger Of The Week this week. I’m really excited about this opportunity as I’ll be sharing something really fun with you all, a nail art tutorial!
First though, here’s a little bit about me… I’m 21 years old and living in Belgium, a tiny country that’s famous for its chocolate and beer! If I could live anywhere in the world I would move to the UK though. I’ve been a make-up and nail fanatic since my teens and couldn’t miss it for the world. I love getting creative with make-up and nails, it’s definitely my outlet!
Anyway, the nail art I created is totally summer proof! Not to worry if you’re a beginner at nail art, you’ll find it’s very easy to achieve! I promise. You only need a few fun, bright nail polishes and a nail art striper. If you don’t own one of those yet (you should, they’re so nifty!), don’t panic, just use a toothpick and a black polish of your choice. Sorted!
Here’s the manicure I created for you! A fun summery gradient leopard print. It’s one of my all time favourite prints, for clothing AND nails. Whoever said leopard prints were tacky?! When done right they are totally fashionable! I simply love them. Now, let’s take a look at the tools we need to recreate this look.
If you don’t own these shades, don’t worry as you can easily find them all at your favourite online store, LookFantastic.com!
For easy convenience, use OPI Start To Finish as it doubles up as a base & top coat. For the base coat use a sheer nude like OPI Tickle My France-y, one of my favourite shades. For the leopard spots use three bright shades that form a gradient like Essie Fear Or Desire, Essie Tart Deco and Essie Off The Shoulder. These shades look so yummy! And finally a nail art striper, Orly Instant Artist will make this leopard print a breeze.
Now let’s find out how we’re going to create this summer leopard gradient, step-by-step!
- Start by applying a base colour, we’re using OPI Tickle My France-y. Use 2-3 coats for opaque coverage.
- Now get out your first gradient colour, this is the bright orange shade, Essie Fear Or Desire. Just use the brush out of the bottle and slap on a few random spots along the lower half of your nail. It doesn’t have to be perfect at all. The secret is, the more random the shapes, the better!
- Grab your second shade, we’re using the gorgeous Essie Tart Deco, and paint more random spots. Make sure to leave some space at the top of your nail for the third and final shade.
- Finally use the third bright pink colour, Essie Off The Shoulder, to finish the spots. Looks pretty good, right? On to the next step!
- Use your detailing striper brush, Orly Instant Artist (or a toothpick and OPI Lady In Black). Paint random strokes around each of the spots. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect at all! The more irregular the strokes, the better your leopard print will look!
- Continue painting strokes around each of the spots until all spots have been painted around. Don’t worry if you mess up!
- If you have a few bald patches (oops) simply paint a dot or a V-shape where you still need to add some print.
- Finish with a shiny top coat, OPI Start To Finish will help your manicure to last! P.s. make sure to wait with this step until your black spots are completely dry or you’ll smear your design. My quick tip is to paint on the top coat with a very gentle touch, use enough top coat and try to glide it over your nail without touching the design with your brush. Smears avoided! Phew!
Anyway, I hope you liked this summer nail art tutorial. Make sure to send me your pictures or tweet me if you recreate this! I’d love to see your summer leopard prints. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
If you’d like to see more creations like this make sure to stop by my blog Very Emily and say hi!
Thanks for looking!