Friday, May 31, 2013

Matte Gradient Leopard Nails

Hey guys!

I recently saw this awesome nail design on Pinterest and I knew that I just had to recreate it. And I know others must like it as well because it received a pretty large number of repins!

I started off with a base of China Glaze Liquid Leather on all of my nails. The original design used acrylic paint for the leopard spots and since I don't own any myself, I had to search through my stash for some opaque polishes that would pop over the black base. Luckily, the Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection features colours very similar to the original design colours AND they work great over black! The blue is Once in a Blue Mousse, the purple is Lavendairy and the pink is Parfait Day.

After freehanding all of the leopard spots, I added a coat of Seche Vite. I did this because I find most matte top coats drag any nail art and I wanted my spots to be protected before mattifying them. Once the Seche Vite had dried, I added OPI Matte Top Coat to all of my nails.

I should have snapped a photo of this before mattifying it because it's unbelievable how much better this looks matte! I don't know, there's just something about these colours over the black that makes them look super cool mattified.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. If you've been lemming the Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection, you're in luck because Harlow & Co. is restocking it tomorrow! Check out the Harlow & Co. Facebook page for more info. Best of luck getting them, they're gorgeous polishes. :)


  1. I love any pastel colour mattified, there's just something about them...candylike I guess XD

  2. Beautiful ! I really love it : )

  3. Love it! Might have to try this myself :)

  4. So fun and cute! I love leopard nails right now too :)

  5. I love this! I think I might have to try this! :)

  6. Ah this looks gorgeous. OPI's Matte Top Coat recently stole my heart this week when I started using it over all the Rainbow Honey glitter toppers I was playing around with. Just wow.

    Your work is incredible.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. The mattified pastel over black looks like chalk on a chalkboard. Very nice!

  9. Love the matte finish - just makes the mani that bit different!


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