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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Guest post from Shannon "Leopard print nails tutorial"


Hey guys,
so I have been seriously lacking on posts lately. Been busy...blah blah blah, I know. Anyhow, I have a great treat for you guys today. A friend of mine is always posting pictures of her nails on Facebook and I , of course, always noticed them. And I must say she does really nice and amazing mani's. Here's a few from her facebook page...

Simple yet elegant mani with rhinestones:) 

I LOVE the look of this one! Just LOVE IT! Great mix of colors and especially love what she did with the black!

Look at that AWESOME water marble work! I think we need her to give us a tutorial on how she made her look so perfect!!!

Really great stuff eh?!?! Much better than I tend to do, although that is not hard to beat... Shannon is an old friend of mine from high school, she doesn't have a blog (yet...) but says nails are her passion and it shows. So, I asked her if she would like to do a guest post on my blog, just to dip her toes into the blogger world and I am thrilled to say that she agreed, after a bit of convincing:) So, she did a tutorial for me. A leopard print tutorial, which is one I need to follow! SO let's get right to it. All pictures are of Shannon's nails, taken herself and all instructions are her own:)
Let's get to the good stuff:) I leave you in the very capable hands and tips of Shannon from here:)


Leopard print mani tutorial


Hi everyone! okay... So this is my first time doing any sort of tutorials, so hopefully it won't be half bad and some of you will actually enjoy it! Lol. I decided to do leopard print nails today. I'm sure some of you think it looks a little hard but believe me it's actually very simple!

For the first step I applied a base coat to all of my nails before beginning to apply the Polish. As for the colors I used my Revlon Color Stay in Nude Beige, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Black Out #370, as well I have my NYC Matte me Crazy, along with my Personnelle Nail Design pen in Black.



Once my base coat was dry I applied two coats of the Beige to my index, middle and ring finger, and two coats of the Black to my pinky and thumb. Once dried, I applied the Matte top coat to my pinky and thumb.


Now for the fun part! For this stuff I used my nail art pen. (Some people prefer a dotting tool or strippers, I just feel I have more control with the pen) I know I know it looks hard right? But its really not... All you have to do is create curved lines mix those up with dots and you're done! I personally prefer to make some bigger than others , but you don't have to. If you're not comfortable doing this directly on your nail polish you can practice on a paper if it's your first time. It should come out looking something like this...


Now that we can be sure that are our black matte nails are completely dry, we can go ahead with either a dotting tool or a fine brush and you're top coat! All I have to do now is dip your brush or dotter into the clear top coat and do the same pattern onto your thumb and pinky nails. I like to make mine a little bit bigger just so that we can see the matte nail polish underneath a little bit better.


Once we're done simply apply your top coat to whichever fingers are not mattified, in this case your index, middle and ring finger and you're DONE! But be careful... It might take some time for your nails to dry completely with all these different coats of polish that we have on here. I hope you enjoy your nails as much as I do mine!


And just to show you guys a great example of what Shannon means by "YOu get more control with a nail art pen" and I will DEFINITELY use one next time I try it again, for mine I used a dotting tool and had NO CONTROL whatsoever. This is a mani that was never posted to the blog because, well, you will see in the pictures how bad it looks. This is with no clean up because I took it off right away....

YEAH YEAH! No laughing! I told you it was a major fail on my end! :P


Unlike me, Shannon wasn't going for a neon, colorful print like I was. But if you wanted to, you could still follow her instructions very easily. I would just suggest that first, use your dotting tool and do colorful dots all over your nail and then use the nail art pen to draw around it. There are so many ways you can do a leopard print mani. I really like Shannon's and the way she kept it simple yet elegant and something you could definitely still wear to work! 

And there is the final product once again. She makes it seem so easy doesn't she? Well, it's not that hard.I think Shannon did a great job for her first tutorial! What do you guys think? Let me know and show Shannon some support for her first go at the blogging world:) I LOVE the final look and I love the mix of matte and creme polishes:) As I said , Shannon is not a nail blogger nor does she have any professional training. And I say that not to take anything away from her credentials but to actually add to it! All designs and mani's she comes up with all come from her mind and creativity. In fact, I believe she told me that, as I am sure a lot of you moms can relate, she usually gets to her nails when her son is in bed. That is when she gets some time to herself. So hope you guys enjoyed this post and share with me if any of you do try to do it yourself. Love to hear from all of you and promise to be back with some swatches soon:)


*All polishes used/shown in this post were purchased from said persons own pocket. Nothing was provided for review and all opinions are my own and those of my guest.

29 comments:

  1. I love all of these nail options and designs. I can't wait to try some of them out on my own nails.

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  2. Your nails are beautiful. I love the beige color.They are all nice but I do like the top pictures with the rhinestones.

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  3. Wow cool nails! What a pity I always bite my nails, lol. I'll have to get off this bad habit and start growing some nails to follow this tutorial.

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  4. I love them all, but the ones with the pink stripes are my favorites. How cool!

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  5. I love the art but with my job I can't wear them so I usually go around with bare nails unless I'm on vacation. Sadly for me. When I do get my nails done I just get a plain french. Love the leopard one though.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE the first look (the very first photo). The raised nail polish is one of my favs! And I actually like your take on the nails (neon) rater than the more muted ones. :)

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  7. As a mum of two little ones, doing a nice manicure and nail art design us such a luxury! I've got the Avon nail art tool so have attempted a few very basic designs xx

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  8. Love the first leopard print ones. Very cool! I have a Granddaughter who loves to change up her nails.

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  9. How pretty of you :) I will tell my daughter

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  10. Only if my nails are like yours - It will definitely look good on me, too! My nails are just short, lol..

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  11. I like them all, but my fave is actually the last one you didn't like?? :) They're all nice though. Have a great week!

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  12. I actually don't like the pointy looking nails but the polish looks sharp

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  13. You'd laugh if you saw mine. I don't even bother to call attention to them with polish. However, I would totally do that on my toes!

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  14. I'm a fun pedi girl- not mani -- but i'd rock that on my toes too. ESp the bright colors!

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  15. I adore the nude one with diamonties - a lovely way to jazz up an otherwise simple colour :) x

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  16. Wow, all of them came out so great! I wish I could do that!

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  17. Those are some fantastic nail designs! I would love the animal prints for when I'm feeling like something fun.

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  18. Very cool designs! I love nail art and have tried several times to do some for myself...I just don't have the ability with both hands. My left hand looks great and my right ends up looking like a blind person tried painting my nails, so I think people who can pull this off rock!!

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  19. I sooo love these nails; I envy people that can paint their nails like this.. I have no patience but will show this to the girl that does my nails, LOVE LOVE LOVE the black ones.. thanks for a great tutorial...

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  20. Wow those nails are cool!! I love nail polish but I am terrible at doing my own nails. I used to go to the nail salon because I cannot paint my own without them looking horrible!

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  21. I wish I could wear long nails. I was a massage therapist for many years and had to keep mine short. I have tried long ones and just can't get used to it. These are decorated very pretty!

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  22. My nails practically never grow (and I bother with the maintenance of artificial ones), but I can't help but admire these looks!

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  23. I love your nails, girls, so pretty. I wish I learn all the tricks with nail pen and other stuff, I usually wear just plain nail polish.

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

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  24. Love the nails! I don't do much polish, but my girls would like this for inspiration. I like doing their nails. love the first one the most

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  25. I love all of these nails. However, any time I get my nails done, I always mess up my nails before I get out the door.

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  26. Blogging is the new poetry. I find it wonderful and amazing in many ways.

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  27. I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

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