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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pastel leopard print

After a few posts of whining about my shorties after my nail broke, I decided to shut up about it already and do something cute on my nails. I'm sure many of you will look at these and exclaim that they aren't short, but they are short compared to what I was used to. Whatever though! I'm killin' it, and short nails are awesome. I can type super fast, I don't accidentally maim loved ones, and I save on polish when I paint them!


I started off painting my nails white for this manicure. Then, using ripped off bits of a triangle makeup sponge, I sponged on four different OPI colors: Ogre the Top Blue, Do You Lilac It?, Mermaid's Tears, and Sparrow Me the Drama. I applied these colors in completely random patterns.


Then, I took the small end of a dotting tool and did some leopard freehanding on top of the sponging in white again. It sort of started to look more like a random pattern and less like animal print, but I dig it.


I didn't have any particular inspiration for these nails, I just sort of started messing around with my polish and this is what came out of it! I enjoy this effect a lot and it looks like a pretty pastel rainbow on my hands.


So there are my shorties! I'll admit that maybe I was being a little bit dramatic in my previous posts, but I did lose a lot of length at once when I am normally accustomed to only going down a tiny bit at a time. :)

Hope you like these!

41 comments:

  1. Very cute! I like the pastels :)

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  2. Adorable!!! The colors look so pretty, like an oil painting.

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  3. those are very pretty! and I like that length of nail, at least they are not nubs! those are very hard to work with :)

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  4. Supa cool!!! Love this soft shades ;)

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  5. super gorgeous, gotta try it out.

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  6. It depresses me that your shorties are the same length as my longies. Hahaha. I'm feeling a lack of inspiration on my nail atm, I should try that tomorrow!

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  7. I really like this as it seems more subtle than other manis so it is great to go with many outfits!

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  8. I love the effect and the random pattern :) your nails are gorgeous at any length!

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  9. Love these colors together! I may have to give this one a try :)

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  10. I really like your short nails, probably even better than long nails! :D And this mani is just lovely, well dome :)

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  11. It looks like amoebas on your nails! I like it.

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  12. I love your shorter nails! I prefer mine that length. It is just makes it so much easier to do things around the house and at work. Plus, I have thin nails and the longer they are the more likely they are to break! BTW cute design, very spring-y!

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  13. nothing wrong with being over dramatic lol - likey likey xx

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  14. Your sponging is awesome. Love it!

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  15. Really love the colors in this design! So creative!

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  16. I love them! Short nails are awesome... I have short nails! :) Very cute design!

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  17. These are so cute!! I love them!

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  18. I'll admit, I definitely don't think your nails are too short, but it's all relative. My nails are overall short right now, but they're "long" for me.

    The colors on this pattern is great! It's nice to see a pastel pattern in the winter, it brings some brightness to the day. This makes me want to improve my nail art.

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  19. This is so cool, kind of 80's looking - I like it!

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  21. Your nails are still awesome!!! Yes they will grow back but all us nail polish addicts know what youre going thru when you break a nail!!! This is really cool-I love the colors!

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  22. Awesome manicure!

    You've been nominated for the I Love Your Blog Award.
    You can pick it up if you like :-)
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  23. pretty design! wondering if it would look as good with different grey polishes instead of the pastel ones *scratches head*

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  24. Love this mani!! It's so pretty!

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  25. nice sponging! love the colors!

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  29. I would love to know just what sponging method you used.. I really love this! Sooo going to try!

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  30. Hi Teresa! You just need a triangle makeup wedge, and then tear small pieces off to create little "puff balls" of the sponge. Dip the torn bits in polish and lightly tap it on the nail in different patterns and colors.

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  31. Thanks so much for your reply! I just wasn't sure if you did the OMBRÉ type or the poof of sponge tech. to master this look. Thanks, also for listing the colors and brand of polish. I just placed an order for all of them to try this myself. Lol. Thanks!

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  32. Okay! I only need SPARROW ME THE DRAMA and I'm on my way to the Pastel Leopard Print of my own! Ooooo, I can hardly wait...

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