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Orange and Red Gradient Leopard Nails | 40 Great Nail Art Ideas

Last Friday’s 40 Great Nail Art Ideas group theme was three shades of red/orange. My own personal prompt was leopard. The two worked OK together, so I was pleased, and the result is these orange and red gradient leopard nails.

The gradient is made from a pale orange (Revlon Sorbet), a mid orange (Barry M Block Orange) and a red (Barry M Blood Orange). The three colours combine for a really striking gradient. They’d be great as the base of a tropical silhouette manicure … you know, palm trees at sunset sort of thing.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

To create the leopard spots, I used the end of the brush to roughly add some red over the light orange and vice versa. Then I used a dotting tool to add the black outlines.

I didn’t like it shiny, so added a matte top coat, which I much preferred.

Orange and red gradient leopard nails
Orange and red gradient leopard nails

This is the latest I’ve been with my 40 Great Nail Art Ideas manicure. I had a really busy Bank Holiday weekend watching my son play cricket each day. He played for his school, then for his club and then for Surrey District, completing wiping out all my weekend free time!

 

 

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Block Orange and Barry M Blood Orange
  • Leopard spots: Revlon Sorbet, Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Barry M Matte Top Coat


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Leopard print: Y is for: You’re A Peach

I only have two polishes beginning with the letter Y: OPI Yodel Me On My Cell and Nails Inc You’re A Peach. And for the penultimate week in the A to Z series challenge I chose to use You’re A Peach and did some leopard nails.

I’ve never really done leopard print nails before. I’ve done a couple of manicures that have half a nail with leopard spots, and I’ve done rainbow mini leopard print. But never “proper” leopard print.

I thought the peach base would suit leopard nicely. I painted two coats, then added the dots using just the brush of Nails Inc Porchester Place and went around them using W7 Black and a small dotting tool.

Peach leopard print Nails Inc You're A Peach
Peach leopard print using Nails Inc You’re A Peach, Nails Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black

 

The other A to Zers have blogged about:

OPI You’re Such A Budapest (PMP)

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of Nails Inc You’re A Peach
  • Leopard spots: Nail Inc Porchester Place and W7 Black
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl


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FingerFood’s Theme Weeks: Animal Print: rainbow gradient mini leopard print nails

New Year, new challenge! I’m starting three new challenges this January, and this is the first to kick off. It’s FingerFood’s Theme Weeks challenge, where there is a theme each week on a Sunday.

The first theme is animal print. I have always wanted to do a multi-coloured leopard print, but I thought I’d do it using rainbow colours and in a horizontal gradient. I’ve seen multi-coloured manicures that don’t use rainbow colours nor do they follow a rainbow order, and I’ve seen them where they do a rainbow gradient across the nails vertically. But I’ve not seen it done horizontally – from cuticle to tips. However, I quickly realised that to fit on six colours, I’d have to do my leopard spots really small. I recalled some wonderfully intricate manicures done by Louise from Tips and Top Coat, where she does tiny leopard print, and thought I’d give it a go.

It was surprisingly easy, especially with my new nail art pen.

Rainbow gradient mini leopard print
Rainbow gradient mini leopard print using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and various Barry M polishes

On top of a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, I dotted some randomly-shaped blobs, starting with red and going through the rainbow colours towards the tips of my nails. I used all Barry M polishes. Then I top-coated this before adding in the black outlines with some diluted acrylic paint and my new nail art pen, which works wonderfully for precision and detailed work.

 

FingerFood's Theme Weeks

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base colour: two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Red: Barry M Blood Orange
  • Orange: Barry M Mango
  • Yellow: Barry M Lemon Ice Cream
  • Green: Barry M Spring Green
  • Blue: Barry M Blue Grape
  • Purple: Barry M Bright Purple
  • Leopard spot outlines: black acrylic paint
  • Top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl

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Kitchen Sink Saturday … er make that Monday: blue

I didn’t manage to get around to doing a kitchen sink manicure last Saturday. So here’s it is now … a couple of days late.

I was already wearing Chanel Blue Boy, and had added the leopard spots accent nail. But as I wasn’t entirely happy with the leopard nail, I went over the inside of the spots with a lighter blue (Revlon Dreamer) and then also had to re-do the outlines too. The lighter colour makes it stand out a little more, but it still could be executed better.

Blue kitchen sink manicure
Blue “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” manicure, using Chanel Blue Boy as the common base

For the other nails, I dotted on some flowers, did a half moon, added some glitter and did a saran wrap / cling film manicure.

The glitter is Claire’s Teal Holographic. I haven’t used this before, and it’s a shame it’s snowy and dull today, because in sunlight (or even with overhead lights) this sparkles a full rainbow of colours. I can’t wait to wear this more when Britain starts to get some sun again.

The half moon and the cling film manicure are lovely, but my favourite is the dotted flowers. At some stage I must do these on all my nails. They aren’t perfect, but it’s only my second time trying them, so hopefully they will improve with practice.

Details of the polishes used for each nail are below.

 

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Chanel Blue Boy
  • Thumb: dotted flowers using China Glaze White On White and Beauty UK Bon Bon
  • Index: half moon using Barry M Foil Effects Silver
  • Middle: glitter nail using Claire’s Teal Holographic
  • Ring: taped silver diagonal using Barry M Foil Effects Silver; stamped leopards using Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black and Cheeky plate CH1; filled in with Revlon Dreamer and outlined with the same black
  • Little: saran wrap / cling film manicure using Revlon Dreamer
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

Blue leopard spots accent nail

I spent ages trying to draw these leopard spots. I watched some tutorials on YouTube and searched Pinterest and Google Images for some inspiration. I found something I liked and wanted to emulate, so tried freehanding the spots, just practising on a paper plate. But it was really quite woeful.

Then I had a bit of a brainwave and thought I could stamp the spots on. I used Cheeky plate CH1 and it came out OK, but I thought it would look better if I coloured in the centre and then outlined the black edges a bit more using a dotting tool.

It’s not brilliant, and I’m not particularly happy with it, which is why I also only stopped at one nail. My inspiration for this design came from here, where she has created more than one leopard spots nail. Perhaps I might be more pleased with it if it was on all my nails, but it took long enough to get to this point that I couldn’t be bothered to do the rest of my nails!

Blue leopard spots accent
Blue manicure with leopard spots accent nail – using Chanel Blue Boy, Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black
For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of Chanel Blue Boy
  • Intermediate top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Accent nail: Barry M Foil Effects Silver; stamping with Cheeky plate CH1 using Calvin Klein Ebony Hates Chris-Black; dotting tool to fill in with Blue Boy and to outline with Ebony Hates Chris-Black
  • Final top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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