Wow! I'm really shocked, MoneySupermarket.com have invited me to participate in their Money Smart Nail Art Bloggers Competition. This means I am in with the chance to win a prize worth £300, how amazing would that be!
Anyway for my regular followers you will know that I'm mad on leopard print! So I thought what better design to do a tutorial on.
Base Coat - I use OPI Matte Nail Envy
Selection of polishes - cremes are best for opacity but you can use glitters if you build them up
Nail Art pen or Dotting Tool
Top Coat - I use Seche Vite
Paint your nails with the base coat to protect your nail from staining (I also find that Nail Envy encourages nail growth). *A good tip is before you start, wipe your nails with some nail polish remover, this is called squeaking the nail, it will remove any excess oil, making your mani last longer.
Paint your nails your chosen colours, any colours work but I've chose a few of the Barry M Gellies (which are currently 2 for £6 in Superdrug).
Wait until your nails are dry (you can speed this up with a fast dry topcoat if you wish) and with a different colour of polish, blob (for lack of a better word) some onto your nails (you need very little polish on the brush here or if you've got mini polishes these are ideal), I like irregular shaped blobs but you can choose to make it as irregular or uniform as you like.
Once these are dry (again you can choose to speed this up with a fast dry topcoat) get a nail art pen (I've chosen Models Own Nail Art Pen in Black, these are £6 from Boots or direct from the Models Own website) or a dotting tool dipped into some polish (you can either get these from ebay for a couple of pounds or create your own with a pin stuck into the end of pencil with an eraser, using the flat/rounded end or even a toothpick/cuticle stick) and start drawing round the blobs. Don't go the whole way round, either do like a C shape or like a ( ) type shape round each.
To complete the look add some sporadic dots throughout the pattern and seal with a topcoat. *A good tip is to prolong your mani by oiling your nails first thing in the morning and last thing at night. These oils can be picked up for £2-£3 or you can use the likes of olive oil that you have at home.
What's fun about this pattern is you can try any number of colour combinations and you don't have to do a full mani, you could just do it on your ring finger for example.
Well as this was my first ever attempt at a tutorial I hope it was easy to follow. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Today I chose to do bows for the 28 day challenge.
China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
Black Glitter 3D Bow Decal
These bows were fab! I got 60 of them in 12 different colours for less than £3.00 and they lasted a fair while. The bow on my thumb got caught on something in work after about 4 hours becuase I was rushing but the one on my ring finger lasted about 9-10 hours until I was changing my mani... and... they were reusable!
Love this though as usual Flip Flop Fantasy was a nightmare to photograph.