Leopard Print Nail Art Tutorial

By | July 2, 2013


Hello lovely ladies of the nail world. Today I am here to share with you my (hopefully) easy Leopard print mani, step by step.

Everyone does their own leopard print differently and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Like any kind of nail art, its all up to interpretation.

This is my own take on the leopard print mani – a nail art that I’ve become very fond of over time and is now my go to mani as it’s never the same no matter how many times you do it. It can have as few to as many colours as you like, not to mention the endless styles and variations.


You will need:

– Base colour
– Print colour
– Stripe/dot colour
– Small dotting tool
– Top Coat

What to do:


Step 1 : Apply your base colour and allow to dry.



Step 2: Using your small dotting tool and your Print colour (this can be up to as many colours as you like) make random circular shapes on your nail. They do not need to be perfect – the more irregular the better.


Step 3: Using your small dotting tool again with your Stripe/dot polish (black is most commonly used) make ‘C’ shapes around the sides randomly of the Print marks you painted in Step 2.


Step 4: In the gaps left make random little ‘C’ lines and dots with your small dotting tool with your stripe/dot colour. Then allow to dry.

Step 5: This step is optional as I love the raised texture of a leopard print and am often scared that my top coat might ruin all my hard work, but you can finish it with your top coat. Make sure the print is completely dry before you apply the top coat or it will smudge.

The colours I have used for this mani are:
Base – Sally Hansen – White On
Print Colour – Australis – Totesamaze & China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy
Stripe/dot Colour – Ulta 3 – Black Satin

There are mani styles and ways to do your leopard print mani – here are two other examples of styles that I love.


You can also see that your leopard print mani can be done in many colours. This is why I believe the Leopard Print is one of the most versatile nail art forms.

Now it’s your turn! Hopefully this has made those of you who have never attempted Leopard Print to go out and give it a try!

Teneil is a nail art addict turned Aussie Indie Polisher. If she’s not in her polish room mixing creations for her brand Shades Of Phoenix, she’s watching Alice In Wonderland or Harry Potter and playing with her two cats – Sally & Phoenix. To see more nail art, blog reviews and Shades Of Phoenix polishes, head over to her blog, Facebook page or Instagram (@teebee_x and @shadesofphoenix).

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