Leopard Nail Art With China Glaze

Listen. I love leopard print. It takes over my life and my nails at times- here's yet another way to get your leopard on:

  • Step 1- Paint your nails with a base coat
  • Step 2- Chose a base color to do a fade/gradient with (I used China Glaze Pink Plumeria). Start with barely any polish on the brush, and apply it half way up and to the end of your nails. Once it's mostly dry, go back with that same color on only the very top half of your nail to make it slightly more opaque than the rest of your nail.
  • Step 3- Using a nail art brush or a bobby pin/dotting tool, paint some random spots on (I used China Glaze Desert Sun and topped it with the glitter I Herd That)
  • Step 4- Outline the spots with black (Don't completely encase the spots in black, leave some open)
  • Step 5-Apply a few random drops of black to fill in the empty spaces
  • Step 6- After allowing your design to dry COMPLETELY, finish with top coat. The dry time is essential so that the design doesn't smudge.

Here's what you'll get:

Have you tried leopard nails yet? What color combo would you do?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I seriously love this mani! I love the way it goes from light/nude to pink & the glitter spots are so awesome!

    1. Aw, thanks Heather! Seriously, I could wear leopard every day and be perfectly happy ;-)

  2. I absolutely love this design! So pretty!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I am hopelessly un talented and un creative so I've done leopard nails but only with strips or stamps, nothing this amazing!

  4. This is beautiful! I need to practice leopard print. Yours looks amazing!

  5. I randomly came across your blog, these are adorable!
    I'm such a sucker for leopard print.

  6. Ooh, I *love* this as a gradient! :D