HOW TO DO LEOPARD NAILS
Obsessed with the idea of leopard print nails? We don’t blame you. When it comes to animal print designs, leopard nails may just be one of the most popular options. You can give yourself a full set of animalistic nails or opt for a leopard accent—it’s up to you! Here’s how to make them.
What you’ll need:
Nude nail polish
Black nail polish
Glitter nail polish
Bobby pin or toothpick
Get the look:
STEP #1. PAINT YOUR BASE
Begin by painting your nails with a nude or tan nail polish. Apply two to three coats, as necessary.
STEP #2. CREATE YOUR LEOPARD PRINT
Using a toothpick or the rounded end of a bobby pin, create varying sized “C” shapes on your nails. The goal isn’t to make perfect C shapes, but rather aim for them to be imperfect for a more realistic leopard print. Then, add a few random black dots here and there for an even more realistic appearance.
STEP #3. ADD SOME GLAM
Why not add some glitter to your leopard print nails? While not necessary, we love this combo. Use a clean toothpick to apply glitter polish to your spots.
STEP #4. FINISH YOUR LOOK
To complete your leopard print look, smooth on a top coat. All done!
Editor’s note: Think you want cheetah print nails instead? While these same curved shapes are often associated with cheetah print, a cheetah’s coat is actually spotted! If you want a cheetah nail design, all you have to do is use your dotting tool (aka your bobby pin or toothpick) to make dots rather than C shapes. Change up the color scheme and the same design can work for Dalmatian print nails, too!