Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NAIL ART -- Holographic Leopard Print Nails!


It's been so long since I've done leopard print nails, and I decided it was time to give them another go! I also wanted to try these because I was curious to see how a Sharpie would work for nail art. The verdict? Pretty darn well, actually! Although it does smear just a little bit, but not enough to be detrimental to the design.

For this design, I did 9 pink leopard nails and only did the one silver accent nail. For the accent nail, I just inverted the colors of the spots and used both pinks instead of the pink and silver. Also, sorry that I don't have sunny holo pics for you this time.. It was completely cloudy all day.

Oh, and in case you're wondering.. I have Wet N Wild's 'How I Met Your Magenta' on my toes! It's the perfect mani/pedi combo! ♥


  • OPI DS -- Reserve (Holo Pink)
  • OPI DS -- Coronation (Holo Silver)
  • L.A. Colors -- Live (Foil Silver)
  • Wet N Wild -- How I Met Your Magenta (Hot Pink)
  • Black Fine Point Sharpie
  • Dotting Tool
  • L.A. Colors -- Base/Top Coat

  1. I painted all my nails except my left ring finger with 2 coats of OPI DS Reserve.
  2. I painted my left right finger with 2 coats of L.A. Colors Live and 1 coat of OPI DS Coronation.
  3. After waiting about 15 minutes, (and painting my toes with 2 coats of WnW's How I Met Your Magenta) I took a fine point black sharpie and drew leopard spots on all of my nails.
      • Don't make full circles, make U-shapes with tiny dots. And try alternating your U-shapes so that some are on the top and others are on the bottom.
      • Add in some tiny irregular dark "spots" or "squiggles" that won't get filled in with color.
      • Most importantly... Don't let it be perfect! Remember that leopards are animals and their fur is never going to be perfect or uniform!
      • But if this is your first time doing leopard print and you're still not sure what to do.. try Googling pictures of leopards for inspiration OR feel free to copy my design to get you started. :)
  4. Once the Sharpie is dry, I put drops of L.A. Colors Live and WnW How I Met Your Magenta onto a piece of paper and used a small dotting tool to randomly color the centers of the leopard spots.
    • For the silver accent nail, I used WnW HIMYM and OPI DS Reserve for the spots.
  5. After letting the spots dry, I very lightly used top coat and the Sharpie smeared a little bit. After that was dry, I did another coat.
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And that's it! I love this mani! It kind of reminds me of Barbie, in a way! As always, please let me know if you decide to try this design yourself. You can send me pics on Twitter or FB!

♥ M


  1. I always find nail art so intimidating, I don't have a lot of patience for it. The use of a Sharpie though makes it seem a ton easier! I will definitely need to try this. Thanks for the tutorial. Your nails look great!

  2. I completely agree! There's a lot of nail art that I never think I could do. And I find nail art polish and brushes to be hard to work with. The Sharpie idea came to me on a whim and I want to try doing a paisley print with them and seeing how it works out! I'm also wondering if a different top coat would eliminate the smearing.

    Thanks for the feedback! ♥