Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It's So Easy Leopard Print

(Please excuse my brief hiatus ... I was busy getting married!)

I've never been an expert nail artist—I can give myself a mean manicure, but when it comes to painting custom designs, I thought I was a hopeless cause.

I had a few Stripe Rite brushes from It's So Easy Nails that I wanted to try out, so I clicked over to their website to get inspired. I came across this super easy Leopard nail art tutorial and I was hooked. Leopard nail art has to be one of the easiest (and quickest) manicures I've ever attempted -- plus it looks amazing! The best part about leopard print nail art is that you can totally customize it for any season or mood you're feeling -- I went for the basic tutorial colors, but I've seen it done with a gradient background, metallics and even crackle/shatter.

For my base color, I used OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, an awesome mint color I picked up as my one concession to the summer trend. The real stars of this mani were the awesome Stripe Rite brushes -- they made an easy manicure even easier. The colors used in the demo were midnight blue, light green, grape and cranberry pink, but I swapped out the light green with a yellow. What I really liked about the Stripe Rite polishes were the brushes -- a lot of brands I've tried out have long, unwieldy brushes, but these held their shape well enough for me to easily make my spots and add texture.

Topped off with a quick swipe of my favorite Seche Vite, this mani lasted for nearly two weeks and I've never received so many compliments!

Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were provided by the PR company for It's So Easy Nails, but all opinions are my own. View our disclosure policy for more information.  

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