28.9.10

Tuesday Tip: Leopard Nails two ways!


This week I thought I'd kill a couple of birds with one leopard print stone, and share with y'all both of the ways I've learnt to create leopard nails!

I've remade my original leopard print nail tutorial with a new unmissable tip at the start, so if it never quite worked for you, check out the new video! I've also filmed a little Konad tutorial for those that are wondering what it is and how you use it.

I did rush through it all whilst filming it earlier and may have missed something out, so feel free to ask me any questions, and I'll reply below in the comments box!

Let's start with my liquid eyeliner nail art. Btw, this can be adapted for anything, not just leopard print! It works well with hearts too :) Here's some looks I've created with this method in the past, followed by the tutorial (excuse my overuse of the word 'splodge'... It's sometimes the only word there is to describe the liquid eyeliner action!):




And now for the Konad! Just another typically farcical video tutorial of mine. Please do ask if you'd like to know anything else about it! Oh, here's a couple of looks I've created with Konad:




A few extra nail pointers (excuse the pun!):

♥ When possible, paint your nails before a film, or a time when you'll be able to just chill and forget about them so they can dry properly. Manicures often mess up because they aren't fully dry and they get knocked on something!

♥ It's better to do 2 or 3 thin coats than one thick and blobby coat. I know it takes a bit longer, but the coats themselves will dry quicker. A thick coat can take hours to fully dry and you often won't get a perfect finish!

♥ Speaking of polish coats, always ensure one coat is totally dry before you do another. Otherwise you might dent them or generally ruin them because the foundation isn't totally dry!

♥ Don't worry about cleaning up your slip-ups until the very end, when the nails are dry. if you start mucking about with cotton buds or cotton wool in the middle of a manicure, you might get bits of fluff stuck on. Very annoying!!

♥ If you have knocked one of your nails before they're totally dry, don't fret. Dip a finger into some nail polish remover and gently rub it over the bumpy area until smooth.

♥ Give Sally Hansen base coats a miss. Sal's great with a topcoat, but all of the basecoats I've tried make my nail designs entirely peel off within a day or two. Uncool!!

Thanks for watching/reading! If you do give these ideas a go, keep me posted!

xo

45 comments:

  1. Thank you for doing this! Been wanting to try it for ages and now i actually no what im doing!
    Deff giving this ago sometime this week.

    p.s you're kitty is hella cute! xo

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  2. Gem, when it comes to nails I am the most impatient person EVER! I never wait on them to dry properly and they always end up smudged. But, I think after reading this lovely post, and you putting so much effort into showing us girlies how to do it good 'an propa... I will need to give it a go! :) xx

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  3. I'm gonna go with Ayden on this one im so impatient I tend to do my nails then think 'il shower and everything will be fine' - it never is! Smudge them to hell. BUT I will be trying this! x

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  4. ignore my last comment i'm doing this NOW! instant inspiration x

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  5. ah, snap. we have the same nail remover pads. us and a million other girls but still! i LOVE your tutorials - never would have thought to use liner.

    xx

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  6. oh my gosh please please do a strawberry nails tutorial! :D i've been wanting some ever since i saw them on wah nails months back but of course i can't afford to trek to topshop in oxford street...
    :)?
    x x x

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  7. love love LOVE these nail tutorials! I was looking last night everywhere how to do these!

    Can't wait to try it out!

    http://incfashion.blogspot.com/

    X X X

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  8. Awesome post I am def going to be trying to leopard print nails out!!! Thanks for the tips :)

    L x
    Half Dressed

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  9. oh i really love your blog so much!
    and how cute is Roxy?! meow! gotta love cats!

    xoxo

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  10. love the bicolor leopard looks so cool, definitly i`m gonna try this one!

    thanks for the tips!

    www.likeblackorchid.com

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  11. I've just purchases a Konad stamper and plate (awaiting it's arrival) so thank you for the tips on how to use it! Was a little unsure.
    Your leopard nails look so good. Great choice of Models Own colours too.

    www.kimparslow.blogspot.com

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  12. The bit in the Konad video where you got the cotton wool stuck to your nail made me laugh quite a lot!
    I find a quick blast of hairspray can help your nail varnish dry a bit quicker too - I'm SO impatient when it comes to waiting for them to dry, so this is super useful to me!
    Also, snap on the Primark nail file - so cheap and soooo good :)
    x

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  13. I'm getting really in to doing my nails at the moment. Saving this post.

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  14. Added to favourites, want to try this out!

    getoutofbedanddressed.blogspot.com

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  15. Love this post! I've painted my nails leopard print a couple of times [following your original video!] and received lots of compliments. I might get a konad kit when I get paid, it looks so good. :)

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  16. wow these are amazing! I don't think I'd ever be able to do that on myself!

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  17. Great videos Gem! I've got Konad as well but haven't experimented with it much as I find it's really messy and hasn't actually worked that well for me - maybe I just need to experiment a bit more! I love all the designs you've got and I have to say that your leopard print looks a lot better than the Konad design :D well done!

    Leia

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  18. Oh wow your nails look great. I guess it takes some practice to get it right with the Konads but I like that you get a pretty consistent design on each nail!

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  19. Love the hairspray idea!Will try it!Thanks! :)

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  20. great nails! great sense of fashion! check out my new posts! and follow if you please! xoxo!

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  21. man this looks so good, but I would so suck at doing this! I'd get too over critical and spend a whole day doing them!
    haha

    http://aforteforfashion.blogspot.com

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  22. LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!! Am settling down with cheesy tv (Waterloo Road - shame on me :P)and about to attempt these stunning nails!

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  23. I am going to train myself to have the patience to do my nails properly like a real adult. As much fun as I have with colour...I've been obsessed with nailart for far too long- yet seem to lack the patience and the steady hand of a brain surgeon that is required.

    Strawberry nail looks amazing.

    Claire
    xo

    www.beewaits.blogspot.com

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  24. I tried the eyeliner tip when you first posted it abit ago and it is genius. Had to do it on my toenails cause i've got stumpy bitten fingernails, gross.
    I agree that I love the strawberry nails and would love to see a tutorial.

    I made a blog the other day, please give it a look.
    le-belle-et-la-bete.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi Gem,

    Thanks so much for a great tutorial, I've just bought my first few Konad bits and hope to have lovely nails like yours soon!

    I was watching some of your other videos and you said about losing fake eyelashes, I recently bought some from eBay, they were about £1.50 for 10! I did a post on my blog about them, and they're fab! They're worth the money if you're forever losing them :)

    Laura x

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  26. i know you're extremely busy and probs have a million things lined up that you want to post about, but i was wondering if youd ever make a little post (or even just a quick mention) about what your course at uni involves? im applying for courses this year and thinking of doing fashion promo but i'm not 100% sure what it involves so it'd be cool to know what kind of briefs you get etc.
    i thought the House of Holland vid you made a while ago and Gem Says magazine looked sooo fun to make and also creative and awesome! is that the kind of thing youre usually asked to produce?lots of love xoxo

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  27. i know you're extremely busy and probs have a million things lined up that you want to post about, but i was wondering if youd ever make a little post (or even just a quick mention) about what your course at uni involves? im applying for courses this year and thinking of doing fashion promo but i'm not 100% sure what it involves so it'd be cool to know what kind of briefs you get etc.
    i thought the House of Holland vid you made a while ago and Gem Says magazine looked sooo fun to make and also creative and awesome! is that the kind of thing youre usually asked to produce?lots of love xoxo

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  28. Gem this is so cool, I am going to try this for sure. Yeah hairspray is great for fixing, It's so good to use on chalk drawings which helped in college :) never thought of using eye liner. Hope you are well hunni xxxxx Is your interview in the next ASOS mag? Oh BTW I love your accent I could listen to you all day :)

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  29. i've wanted to know how to do this for ages!! thank you!

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  30. Gem you're so talented at nail art! I really love the two-tone leopard print design... ooh and the strawberry one is too cute for words! ;)

    x

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  31. love your blog and was wondering if you could maybe check out mine if you have some spare time and give some advice because yours is awesome!
    love always
    bek



    www.allmythoughtshere.blogspot.com

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  32. i love your videos gem! konad seems a bit fiddly to me, i think i'll stick with the eyeliner method.

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  33. Ahh I LOVE it when you do nail posts! Although nothing will ever beat the eyeliner leopard I def want to give the zebra stripe a go! (Just hope I have enough loan left! haha..)
    Brill as always :)
    much love, sophia.
    xxx

    hornsteinandpearls.blogspot.com

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  34. love the tuesday tips, although i feel sad because my icky nails are far too small to attempt such creations. should probably invest in fakies? do you wear fake nails?

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  35. Atm im rocking the glitter nails look however after watching the video i feel i may have to invest in Konad....
    I used to wonder where the attraction lay in un-naturally coloured nails however i have to admit i am now a convert!
    A top tip as always.

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  36. Amazing!! Gona have a go. Xx Check out my blog..!!

    Http://MsStylez.Blogspot.com/

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  37. Wow, love your hand drawn ones - they're amazing. Didn't know you could use liquid eyeliner on your nails, you learn something new everyday... Good tip about the hairspray as well. Thanks.

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  38. Love love these nails
    your fab
    xx
    http://thehausofblog.blogspot.com/

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  39. Must buy Konad! Oh and get some patience and a steady hand!!

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  40. i did this today and the results were a little shaky! i couldn't find my eyeliner so i opted for black nail varnish (http://dailybooth.com/hlglass/9109423) i think with time, the results will be great! just gotta keep practicing!
    www.hlgvsfood.blogspot.com

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  41. I finally found a konad kit and Im since... more than half an hour trying to use this one... so hare for me =='

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  42. I'm going ga-ga over this! I'm going to try and attempt it. :)

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  43. HAHAHAHAHA
    "HOW TYPICAL OF MYY LIFE."

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