March 04, 2023

Loco Leopard

Gradient Leopard Nails

This mani is giving me Lisa Frank vibes.

Still working my way through the My Choice Spring 2023 collection by Artistic Nail Design I received. I chose the pink, purple, and marigold polishes for this design to create a sunset gradient. And I'm still on a bit of a leopard print kick, so I had to add some spots on top.

Polish Used:

  • Artistic Colour Revolution - Watch Me (marigold crème)
  • Artistic Colour Revolution - Cut To The Chase (light purple/pink crème)
  • Artistic Colour Revolution - Got My Attention (purple neon crème)
  • Base coat
  • Matte top coat

Other Supplies:

  • Makeup sponge
  • Nail art brush
  • Liquid latex (optional)

I usually don't do vertical gradients because I don't have wide nails, let alone do more than two colors, but I really like how this turned out and will have to do it again. It also looks great shiny or matte. To create this look:

  1. Optional prep step: Apply liquid latex around your nails.
  2. Using a wet makeup sponge, apply yellow, pink, and purple polish on the sponge and dab on each nail to create a vertical gradient. Building the opacity will take several layers, so keep rotating which nail you dab the polish on so it can dry between dabbing.
    Sunset Gradient Nails
  3. Use a nail art brush to paint purple leopard spots on each nail.
    Gradient Leopard Nails
  4. Apply matte top coat.
    Gradient Leopard Nails

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