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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:

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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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These look great! Such a good idea to do this in rainbow colours 🙂

Sam @ FingerFood

The detail in these is incredible Claire! And I always love anything rainbow 🙂 xx

Claire Kerr

Thank you. It’s the first time I’ve tried anything quite so detailed, and I surprised myself!

Oana Alexandru

Love it <3 and i like this Challenge


Absolutely beautiful!! I love it!!


This is stunning! The design is so detailed and I love the idea of a rainbow leopard print! 🙂


You did AMAZING on this! This is like, perfection personified. Great, great, great, job!!

Inky Whiskers

WOW! Well done, dahling!

The Sparkle Queen

Now that is one HECK of a rainbow leopard mani! So colorful and creative!


The rainbow dots make this manicure so special! Perfect for a hot summer day 🙂

Claire Kerr

Thank you everyone 🙂


Great mani love this! 🙂


Hey I liked the coloured-leopard-prints! Very pretty <3