You Will Need: Three colors (one preferably black) and a dotting tool (or you can you a blunt toothpick, round ended needle or brush)
- Paint your base color with Color 1.
- Use Color 2 to paint random blobs over each nail. It doesn’t have to be perfect; I used the nail polish brush for these blobs!
- Using your tool of choice, use Color 3 (preferably black) to dot blobby lines (sorta caterpillar-like) around one side of the Color 2 blobs in the shape of the letter ‘c’ or ‘u’.
- Complete the other side of the Color 2 blobs with a dot or more blobby lines!
- Fill in the empty spaces with dots between the leopard.
- Top off with topcoat~
Let me know if you try this! Enjoy~ (Sorry about excessive watermarks, my tutorials are stolen often)
NEEDLE DRAG TUTORIAL
You will need: two or more polishes and a needle!
WARNING: Needing dragging is difficult to master, even I take several tries per nail. I recommend using polishes that aren’t too runny, and don’t dry too fast. You will need to look over this tutorial and know the steps because you need to work fast and have a steady hand, or the polish will dry, making it difficult to drag.
- Paint your base color, wait until it dries completely. Once dry, paint a small diagonal of Color 1. When paint diagonals, make sure to use polish generously.
- Use Color 2 and paint a second diagonal above Color 1.
- Continue painting diagonals, alternating colors. Don’t worry if your polishes start to run off your nail bed…and remember to use an ample amount of polish!
- You can leave your nail polish running off your nail, but I like to wipe it off real fast so I can avoid a lot of clean up. Quickly use your needle and drag the tip on the surface of the polish lightly using the paths shown. Start at the dot, and follow to the arrow.
- As you can see, the results are beautiful! But I got a bit of balding from the sharp tip of the needle near my cuticle. To avoid this, use the needle to dab a bit of Color 1 back into the tiny bald spots.
- Clean up with a brush and acetone, top with topcoat and you’re good to go!
If you don’t have a needle, good alternatives are safety pins, a tiny brush dipped in acetone or toothpicks. I’ve personally never used a toothpick, but I hear it works just as well. Remember, you need to work quickly or you may not achieve the same results!
EASY ZIG-ZAGS TUTORIAL!
- You will need: several nail polishes, a plastic baggie, pinking scissors (zig-zag), and an X-acto knife OR cuticle nippers.
- Take your colors and paint tiny rectangles onto your plastic baggie (don’t paint your base nail polish color).
- Wait 24 hours (I like to wait until it’s completely dry! If not, it may be difficult to peel off) and peel the rectangles off the baggie.
- Use your pinking scissors and cut off the end of the rectangle, and cut out zig-zags that are uniform in width and make sure the zig-zags are parallel.
- Paint your base color on your nails; do one hand at a time!
- Place zig-zags onto each nail while the nail polish SLIGHTLY tacky, but not completely wet. Press each zig-zag down and into the sides of your nail.
- Cut off excess zig-zag with either an X-acto knife (carefully) OR a cuticle nipper (definitely much more safe).
- Press down each zig-zag to make sure they lay flat, and top off with a top coat! I recommend Seche Vite (:
- Clean up cuticles and you’re done! Good luck!
These are super fun and easy to do! Please tag me in your creations! Can’t wait to see how you do~
Dotting Tool Alternatives~ (Taken with Instagram)
INTERLOCKING DOTS TUTORIAL!
- You will need: two different colored polishes (I used Deborah Lippmann “Almost Paradise” and Sally Hansen “Pacific Blue”) & a dotting tool.
- Paint your nails with Color 1.
- Draw one diagonal line with Color 2; I freehanded mine, but if you’re unable to do straight lines, use tape! Making sure Color 1 is completely dry first.
- Fill in the area above the diagonal with Color 2.
- Take Color 1 & space dots equidistant ABOVE the diagonal line.
- Fill in the gaps underneath the diagonal with dots of Color 2.
- Continue to use Color 2 and place dots diagonally to the dots you made in Step 6.
- Take Color 1 and repeat Step 7.
- Clean up cuticles using acetone and a small brush!