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Monday, March 5, 2012

Betsey Johnson Style Leopard Print

Today is the last day to enter my dotting tool nail art contest! To celebrate all of the amazing entries you guys submitted, I decided to do a dotting tool mani too. I went to one of my old standbys... leopard print! The last leopard print mani that I did was light and neutral, so I wanted to ramp this one up a bit.


I originally did this color combination on a set of nail polish earrings. You can see them in the first picture on that link! I showed them to Rebecca and she mentioned that they totally looked like a Betsey Johnson leopard color combo. I have to say I agree! I mean, check this out...


For the base of this manicure I went with OPI Legs Celebrate, which is a polish from OPI's holiday collection in 2006. I actually got this color from my sister! It is really lovely, covers nicely in two coats, and is a super sparkly warm orange gold.

For the middle of the leopard spots I used Zoya Cola. Then, for the black, I used Konad Special Polish Black. The spots were done using a thick and thin end of a dotting tool -- all freehanded. Dotting tools are so amazing (you guys are totally proving my point on that one)!


What do you guys think? I have been meaning to do this combination for a while now and am really pleased with it. I feel so fabulous wearing this bold but sophisticated print on my nails.

Sidenote: BOY are my nails getting long! I get so paranoid that they will break at this length, because they usually do. Seche Retain don't fail me now! ;)


Keep an eye out later this afternoon for another post -- the second of my polishes from Elemental Styles!

Also, I got an Instagram for my nail stuff! Follow me @chalkboardnails.

33 comments:

  1. Leopard print always is a winner in my book, and I really like the color combination in this one!

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  2. very pretty, i really love leopard print nails, its one of my favourite design :))

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  3. LOVE!
    and wow, OPI Legs Celebrate looks amazing! :D very pretty color!!

    I didn't find the time to enter your contest...but it was a great idea!

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  4. WOW! I totally thought these were a nail sticker made by Betsey JOhnson! Fantastic work!

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  5. Wow, I can't believe you freehanded this. It looks awesome! Your nails always look gorgeous. :)

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  6. Love it. Really rich color combo. Great call!

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  7. I can't believe this is freehand (although really I know I shouldn't be surprised) ... it is so perfect

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  8. Wow, this is such an awesome leopard print manicure <3.

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  9. This is amazing! you mind if i steal your idea??

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  10. Love it!! The classics never fail, leopard is one of my favourite nail designs!

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  11. Totally awesome and would look great with that bracelet ;)

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  12. Your just lucky I love you cuz jealousy rears it's ugly head in me often lol! This look fantastic!

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  13. I love this, its amazing.
    Leopard is one of my go to designs!

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  14. Holy cow this is so gorgeous!!! I really want to try this :D

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  15. This is super fab! I love how great the gold looks as a base!

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  16. This is GORGEOUS! I'm so bummed right now...I don't know how I missed your post about the contest, oh well :(

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  17. So... I'm fairly new to following your blog... and new to having finger nails (I was a biter for pretty much all of my life, until recently, and now I'm obsessed with painting them daily!) I was wondering how you clean the paint around your cuticle. It looks PERFECT!

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    1. A lot of it is just practice! But if I ever do have a messy edge, I use a makeup brush dipped in acetone.

      Check out these tutorials, they will help you a lot:
      http://www.lacquerized.com/2010/02/clean-up-in-6-easy-steps.html
      http://www.lacquerized.com/2010/05/how-to-how-i-paint-my-nails.html

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  18. wow! This mani looks gorgeous!

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  19. They really do remind me of Betsey Johnson! I really adore her jewelry! Great mani!

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  20. I'm not usually a fan of leopard print but these are GORGEOUS.

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  21. This post has brought me from continual lurker to commenter! These are A-MAY-ZING! I'd have never thought to do leopard print with a dotting tool. I also really like your length. I'm usually a fan of shorter nails but yours look great at that length.

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  22. Just found your blog and ADORE this mani. You did a great job translating the Betsey look, even without seeing the title, it's obvious - looks just like the bottom of a pair of her heels! And yes, your nails are gorgeous length and shape.

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  23. I'm going to print this out and pin them up to my wall!

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