Friday, December 6, 2013

Silver Leopard Nails

Let's just get this out of the way: When I typed the title of this blog post, I immediately thought of Brian Fontana's Sex Panther cologne in Anchorman. Don't really know why - leopards and panthers are not the same thing.  OR ARE THEY?

Actually they are - did you know that an Asian black panther is really just a black leopard? And an American black panther is a black jaguar. I hope you've learned something here today.

ANYCRAP. On to more pressing issues: nail polish. Silver leopard nail polish, more specifically.

Silver Leopard Print Nails, aka Bailey

The inspiration for these nails came from Dulce Candy's recent Black Friday video, where she was wearing a silvery/grey leopard print scarf that I thought was pretty:

Dulce Candy, Black Friday haul 2013, silver leopard print scarf
Leopard nails are fun to do, so I'm always happy to realize new color combinations for the look. And I thooooought that I had some great colors in my nail polish stash to choose from:

Nail polish, stiletto by revlon, beware by pure ice, grey by love & beauty
.  stiletto by revlon, beware by pure ice, grey by love & beauty  .

Look familiar? I used the exact same trio two weeks ago. #Reeeeeepeeeeeeeeeat!  (I said that in the voice of the "REEEEEEEEMIXXXXXXX" line from all the hip hop songs... But if you were my friend, you'd have already known that.)

Silver leopard print nails, love & beauty polish, aka Bailey
After applying a base coat, I used 3 coats of Beware on all of my nails. Then I used the tip of the grey polish's brush to dab a few dots of grey around my nails.  Once those had dried, I put a few drops of Stiletto onto a piece of scrap paper and used a toothpick to draw the small black C's and brackets around the black spots. The last step is to add some small black spots to the empty areas of each nail. 

Silver leopard print nails, love & beauty polish, aka Bailey

If you're the kind of gal who's been afraid to even attempt leopard print on your nails - like maybe you think you aren't good enough at "doing nails" to do this - well, if I could reach through this computer screen and give you a good solid shake, I would. The BEST part about leopard print nails is that even if you're an amateur and don't do it "perfectly" (whatever the heck that even means), it still looks BOSS. 

Seriously. You CAN do it. And I'm only saying this because there've been a solid number of people who have commented on my other leopard print nail posts, saying things like, "I could never do this, I'm terrible at nails." If you can find a toothpick (you can), and you feel like putting in about 20 minutes to paint your nails, then you can do leopard print on your nails. It's dots and C's, guys. Just dots and C's. And we've been dealing with both of those things since at least kindergarten, #AMIRIGHT?

Silver leopard print nails, aka Bailey

But I digress.

The dark grey spots weren't as dark and "stand-outy" as I had envisioned them being. Actually, if I hold my hand away from me I can barely even see the dark grey. It looks more like just a matte version of Beware. (Which now has me interested in doing a full mani of Beware with a matte top coat, just to see what it looks like. Hmm...)

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  1. You've got such pretty hands! I've yet to attempt a leopard print, my lack of patience and all.

    1. Wow thanks! I have NEVER thought that I had pretty hands, so that is a very nice compliment to receive haha. It does take a little more time than just straight up painting your nails, but it's worth it every once in awhile :)

  2. Those are adorable nails and they came out great!!


  3. Those came out awesome. I've never heard of Dulce Candy, but I just subscribed. I love her room.

  4. love this!!! i dont love all animal prints but cheetah and leopard are defs my favorite!!

    1. I've never tried any other prints, but maybe sometime I'll try the zebra look. I've seen manis that have mixed all sorts of animal prints, which I think looks awesome:

  5. I love love love these! I also love that you watch Dulce Candy! Youtube lovers unite!

  6. This is so great and you did an awesome job!
    Tracy@Its Mostly About Fashion

  7. These are absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors!

  8. This is so awesome. It's beautiful. I think you did an amazing job

  9. I haven't done leopard nails in such a long time... I think it's high time I start again!

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  10. Those are adorable!!! And I had no clue that a black panther was really a leopard. Learned something new!

  11. Haha I didn't know panthers and leopards were the same! and now I totally want to watch anchorman...
    These are super cute though!! Gray is one of my favorite colors and I love the silver, it makes it really festive!

  12. Hello!

    Pretty nails! I love your designs too! Enjoy your evening!

    Lillies & Silk

  13. Wow, I thought this was nail strips! You are pretty talented with your nail designs! And thanks for teaching me about panthers and remiding me about Anchorman 2!

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    1. Thanks, what a compliment! I'll go check out the giveaway now - I'm very behind on my blog-reading these last couple of weeks :)

  14. I'm all over this like a dirty, glittery shirt!! LOVE! Also, your posts always crack me up and this one was no exception!! An Anchorman reference in a nail post? LOVE IT. Are you psyched for the new movie? I'm nervous to see it because the first was so epic. I mean, how is it going to get better? Seriously. ;)


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