Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Leopard French Tutorial

Today I have a Guest Post from Leslie at Nail Polish Art Addiction blog. I came across Leslie's blog because she emailed me a comment about Cult Nails. Whenever I receive emails, I go check out the blog and I can't tell you how many blogs I am finding out there. I love when I get emails too because it just makes me feel so special that someone took the time out of their day just to let me know what they think of Cult Nails. It may sound corny - but it is awesome. I feel I have even made some "friends" this way, which is always nice! Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you some how along the way! That would be cool!

Anyway when I was checking out Leslie's blog, I came across a leopard manicure and I knew I had to try it and wanted her to expand on her post to include a how to. I immediately asked her if she would do it as a guest post here. I was so excited when she agreed! I think I should have more guest posters on here. What do you guys think? SO without further adeau, here is Leslie's post! (Any comments I have will be in red.)

Hello everyone!
It's Leslie from Nail Polish Art Addiction! I was so excited when Maria asked me to do a guest post on her blog. She wanted to see a step-by-step of my Leopard French manicure seen here.
Here we go:
Start with some naked nails & use your favorite basecoat. (Please shield your eyes from my stained nails!)
 Then I used two coats of Orly's Pink Slip. Any sheer pink french mani polish will do. (Wow what a difference! I need to get this stuff!)
 Tape off the tips of the nails you want to french. Of course leave the accent nail free of tape. You can use french tip manicure guides, but why buy that when I had scotch tape lying around? Just make sure that the edge is completely flat against the nail to make sure it will be a clean line when you go to remove it.
 Then find a nude colored polish that works for your skin tone. Mine is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Iced Coffee. 2 coats on the accent nail, one coat works fine on the french tips (most of it will end up covered anyhow)
Then using the smallest paintbrush you can find....
 Blob on some irregular leopard spots. I used Orly's Prince Charming. Some big, some small, some "C" shaped, basically just make it up as you go along. :) On the french tip nails I trailed the spots down on on side going towards the cuticle. I like it because it looks like they're falling off, and the contrast of the spots against the natural nail gives an added interest.
  Then I took a dark brown polish, Revlon's Hot for Chocolate, and using the same small accent brush painted small lines around the "spots." Just one or two per spot, don't entirely encircle the spot.
 Then just add a few random gold highlights. I used China Glaze 2030.
 Topcoat and you're done!(DONE?! Yeah so I am not as skilled as Leslie! I tried this and it just looked like a hot mess! I ended up just ordering the leopard print konad plate instead. I NEED to sport this mani - I just lack Leslie's skills. Boo! Mayve I can convince Leslie to come to sunny FL and do my nails?)
I hope this was easy to understand & informative, but most of all I really hope you all enjoyed it! Thanks again! Bye!

Thanks Leslie! You rock for doing this! I plan on giving this manicure another go. I was extremely exhausted when I tried it, so maybe that had something to do with it. But I will probably wait for the konad plate to arrive. So what do you think of this manicure? Will you give it a try?


  1. I love this...can't wait to give it a try!!

  2. You can do it Maria! To try freehand nail art for the first time, it's best to be well rested & well nourished! I can't tell you how many times I've messed up a mani because of shaky hungry hands!

    And I'm sure using the leopard konad plate will turn out pretty awesome as well.

    Thanks again!

  3. I love love love this! Thanks for asking her to guest post and thanks Leslie for tutoring :D

    I think I'll try this on Friday & hopefully wear it through the weekend.

    Need to get a smaller paint brush & try Orly's Pink Slip - that's a great natural looking base!

  4. Too cute! And it's something I might even be able to do. Thanks for sharing.

  5. really cute!! I want to try this :D

  6. That is really cute. I don't think I would be able to do it freehand (thank goodness for Konad plates)but I think I will try it. Thank you for the tutorial!

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