Simple Nail Art For Clumsy Painters...

Taking inspiration from my Mum's canvas tote shopping bag (picture as the image background below) I decided to attempt to replicate the block coloured bright leopard print look on my nails.


I always appreciate other bloggers fancy nail art posts but I have always felt dubious at attempting it myself.

I'm right handed and always end up with more polish on my skin (clothes, dressing table, hair, face) than own my nails when attempting to paint using my useless unsteady left hand. 

...but this design is SUPER EASY to do - even for a self confessed amateur like me!

Using a trio of Barry M polishes I started with two layers of shade 294 "Cyan Blue" as my base coat.


After waiting 7 minutes for it to dry ...yup, nail polish takes approximately seven whole minutes dry completely (...see, don't say I don't teach you anything!)

I then used Barry M's 305 "Pink Flamingo" to blob random dots onto the blue polish. Thankfully nature intend that leopards spots are random markings and not actually perfectly round so my imperfect blobs do the trick just fine!

After my dots dried, I reached for my MUA Extreme felt eyeliner (£2.00 Superdrug - Bargain!) although I'm sure any other liquid liner will suffice.
I drew rough lines around the edge of the pink dots, also marking random black dashes on the blue polish where their was obvious gaps. This was surprisingly easy to do, even when using my left hand.

To finish I simply add a generous lashing or two of Barry M top coat - 54 "Clear" - this helps the liquid liner to stay waterproof, giving you salon quality fancy nails which last up to a week, saving you a trip to the nail bar & £40! 

Voila! x

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35 comments:

  1. I tagged you to do the 11 Questions tag! See my post about it so you know the questions i gave you :)
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  2. The colors are so pretty together !

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  3. Love the result!! Shall definitely give this effect a go, have similarly just done about how to do nail art the cheats way! xx

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  4. This looks really cute! xxx

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  5. These look so good! I'd do it but I'm way too impatient to wait for them to dry. xx

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  6. Love this! does using the eyeliner on your nails work? i mean, doesn't it smudge at all when you put the top coat?

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  7. This is brilliant, seriously have to get myself an eyeliner for nail art, those darn brushes are so fiddly! Following you xx

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  8. cute!
    i have just awarded you with a one lovely blog award :)
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  9. Fantastic look! Fantastic blog!

    New follower :)

    Xx

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  10. hey love your little nails!! theyre like mine and you have talent for being able to do that!! wowww :) following you, would love a follow back please measn a lot http://theatralitexo.blogspot.com/

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  11. Very Nice! I hope I could do that too.. by the way, you can share your beauty items from your own online closet at http://www.clozette.co and let other clozetters like them too... ;)

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  13. I tag you to take part in the 11 questions tag:
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  14. I will definitely be trying this! I'm awful at trying to do nail art!
    xx
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  15. i will give this a shot ;)thx 4 the inspiration
    plz check out my blog i will really appreciate it
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  16. this is so cute! i am definitely going to try this. :) i love the colors you used, by the way. :D

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  17. these look fab! i've always wanted to try some leopard nails :)
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  18. Haha.. Love the inspiration ! Might even try it myself if you say it's easy. Really want to try a bit of nail art but never done it before.. Love the blog.

    HELen

    pierrelecat

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  19. This looks so cute for such a simple method! I would never have thought of using the eyeliner! What a fantastic idea!

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    xxxx

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  20. heyyy:) very pretty colors! Love all of it, by the way:<3. Please visit, comment, and follow me if you like my blog. KISSES just for you!

    xoxo.

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  21. love it! great inspiration
    now following ;)
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  22. Cute design!!!
    And girllll I love your blog name and layout, so cute!!!!

    xoxo, maria
    www.paintedREDDD.blogspot.com

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  23. So cute!Love nail arts like this xx
    New follower!

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  24. Ohhh brilliant. I wish i had long nails- Im a stress head so alas, not much to paint!!

    Luc X


    www.loveluc.blogspot.com.au

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  25. Lush! Looks cute & quite easy. Totally have to give this a try...

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  26. Love it! I'm terrible at nail art but this looks bang on for the clumsy of hand!

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  27. haha love how this is for clumsy painters. I make my boyfriend paint my nails cause he is an artist. Very cute design.

    Sophia
    http://lasophialasophia.blogspot.com

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  28. Amazing! Reaching for the polish and eyeliner now!
    www.gemmaisapeanut.blogspot.com :)
    xoxoxo

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  29. I actually just finished painting my nails using this tutorial! I loved it, it was actually quite fun and looks amazing :D
    If I could rate it you'd get 5 stars!!
    Check out my blogspot for the post, I put a link to your blog for the tutorial :)
    www.gemmaisapeanut.blogspot.com
    xoxoxo

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  30. What a beautiful naildesign! Love both colours! Looks really great together!

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  31. this is so crafty and cute! i'm going to have to try it :)

    xx
    Rachel
    glamhampton.blogspot.com

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  32. your nails look STUNNING!! so good. x

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