Friday, March 8, 2013

cheetah nail tutorial!

Linking up with Nail Files!

It's time for my first tutorial! I decided to do a cheetah nail tutorial because I think  it's instructions translate very well through pictures, which is what were working with here. I wish I could have gotten better pictures,  but I have learned it's very hard to photograph yourself painting your own nails. I love that this print is also almost fool proof, but you can find different shapes and spacing that give you the best result.

You will need:
-a bobby pin
-a light base color
-a color for the inside of the spot
-color for the outside of the spot
-some type of palette to drip  the nailpolish on (I usually use an old magazine)

Open up your bobby pin like so, you will need this in  a few steps

Paint the nails you are going to do the cheetah design on with your light base
I chose only 2 fingers, but you could go all out & do all your fingers

 On your palette (or magazine) drop a dribble of your inside dot color

Take one end of your bobby pin, dip it in the polish and create random spots on you nails of different shapes and sizes

Then drop a dribble of the outside spot color and create an outline around the lighter spots. This is wear you can be more creative. I found adding a few dots randomly throughout the nail make the print more realistic.

and that's it! How did I do for my first tutorial?!


  1. I love it! I don't really think I have steady enough hands...but who knows. I may end up trying it anyway.

  2. OH wow, AMAZING! I love it! This looks so pretty! I'm going to have to try this soon!
    Just stopped by for the link-up :)

  3. That is AWESOME!!!! It looks so professional!!! Love it. Great job

  4. wow awesome tutorial! one of the best ive seen :) i love your nails that is sooo freakin cute!!

  5. Hi, just wanted to see what you are sharing in the Nail files link up. I never thought about using a bobby pin as a dotting tool. Thats pretty neat. Thanks for sharing :)

    Kali Now Living

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! Actually looks pretty easy... I'll have to get it a try :)

  7. Looks amazing I may have to try that!

  8. Great tutorial! I love animal print nails. And animal print clothes. Okay, I think it's safe to say that I love all things animal print. Ha!