Friday, June 15, 2012

Funky Leopard Print

Old design has already been removed. 

In the video I start off by dehydrating the nails with Nail Pure Plus, this also removes any excess dust and oils.
With NSI superbond, I primed the new nail growth.
With IBD builder gel clear and a gel brush, I apply a thin coat of gel and let that cure for 2 minutes.

With the same gel and brush, I apply a thin coat from the middle of the nail towards the free edge.
This is so that our glitters will stick.

With a clean brush (a brush that is wiped off) I pick up the bright green glitter and start patting that on the free edge, fading it up towards the top. And I let that cure for 2 minutes.
I did this to all 10 nails.
Once every nail has glitter and has been cured (to lock the glitter in place) I am brushing on a thin coat of that same gel, so that we have a somewhat smoother surface for our nailpolish/paint to go on.
I let that cure for 2 minutes.
Then I remove the tacky layer to do the leopard print.
If I were to leave on the tacky layer, my design would slip off if I brushed over it with a gel brush.

With China Glaze's "pool party" and a dotting tool, I start adding random spots to the nails
With Oumaxi's black acrylic paint and a dotting tool, I did the outline of the leopard print.

When all that was dry (about 5 minutes to be sure) I Brushed on my final layer of gel and filled it up with strings of gel to create strength and thickness. I let that cure for 3 minutes.

When all 10 are done, I removed the tacky layer, shaped the sidewalls and free edge, put on some Orly Glosser (top coat), let that dry and finally added some cuticle oil and rubbed that in.

This design can easily be done with acrylic and even nail polish :)
I hope you enjoyed this design and stay tuned for many more to come


  1. I absolutely love your nail tutorials! I have been trying to test out OUMAXI acrylic paint for nail art but I find that the paint will not stay on the nail. It gives off a faded/watery look and I can't really create a design with it. Can you advise why? I'm having a hard time trying to achieve the same art as you :(


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