Nailart: Nude and Bright Leopard Print

Hey everyone,

I am loving my super simple nude and bright mani I did last night and I thought I’d share some details on it! 🙂

I haven’t done a “classic” leopard print in ages, classic meaning using nude colours instead of pink and glitter 😉 For a pop of colour I wanted to pair it with a bright shade though, so I opted for Island Girl Surfer Babe.

Here is everything I used for this mani, minus the black acrylic paint:

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I painted some of my nails with the turquoise/mint polish and used Essie Urban Jungle as a base for my two leopard print nails. I then painted some random dots with OPI I Sao Paolo Over There and then did some squiggles with black acrylic paint around them and filled the spaces in between with some random dots/squiggles too. I then sealed everything in with my HKgirlTopcoat by Glisten&Glow.

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I had used Island Girl’s Surfer Babe in a mani before, but only to do some dots in a dotticure. I needed three coats for full opacity and it’s still a bit streaky, even though you can’t really see it in the picture. I probably could have applied it more carefully, but I was a bit disappointed with the coverage. I feel it’s just a bit too watery and doesn’t self-level very well 😦 Nevertheless it’s a gorgeous turquoise-y mint colour!

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For some reason I didn’t really like OPI’s I Sao Paolo Over There as a full mani on all my nails when I first wore it and I think I still don’t. But for my nude leopard print, it was the perfect choice for the inner colour of the leopard spots. In my opinion, you want to choose a brown that isn’t too dark, so when you outline it with black it doesn’t get lost and is still visible, if that makes any sense.

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Essie’s Urban Jungle just never disappoints, this polish is such a gorgeous soft nude with the lightest, tiniest pink undertones – at least in my eyes. I couldn’t get my hands on a European bottle, so when I got mine after ordering it online, I just switched the thin US brush with a wide European one for better application. I had specifically kept a nearly empty bottle of Essie’s Blanc for this purpose. White is a colour I frequently use and end up finishing lots of bottles of, so I always keep my empty Blanc bottles to use the brush for my US Essies 🙂

All in all, as I’ve already said, I am LOVING this mani a lot! I hope you enjoyed reading about my thoughts on the polishes, let me know if this is something you like to read and I’ll try and keep posts like these coming 🙂

Lots of Love,

Glittr


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