From the Luoboutin heels that Carly Rae Jepsen is wearing on the cover of our October issue to all the animal print accessories that got a spot in our Fall/Winter 2012 trends guide, there’s never been a better time to paint leopard-print spots on your nails. It’s a fan favourite for nail art that can done in endless colour combinations—but we think it looks best in the classic shades of tawny-brown, copper and black. The muted colours of a leopard-print manicure is also a clever way to sneak some nail art into otherwise formal occasions. (Say, for instance, a family-filled Thanksgiving dinner?) Above all else, leopard-print spots are easy to master: all you need is a dotting tool!
1. Once your base coat is dry, apply two coats of a tawny-brown shade, like <b>Joe Fresh</b> “Maple.”<br />
2. Use a shimmering copper nail polish and a dotting tool to paint the inside bit of each leopard spot. You'll want to dot on 4-5 oblong shapes per nail, ensuring random placement as you go.<br />
3. Finish off each leopard spot with the same dotting tool and a black nail polish. Again, the trick is to keep your dotting random: place clusters of dots around the copper oblong shapes. Also add a few solo black dots on each nail as well.<br />
4. Slather on a shiny top coat, let it dry and me-ow! Your leopard-print nails are ready to go!