Hey nail polish/nail art lovers! I’ve been brushing up on my nail art skills and this design, after lots of practice, made me smile. If you follow me on Twitter: @eclechick or happen to be one of my friends on Facebook: facebook.com/eclechick then you’re well aware of my slight obsession with Kenzo. In true eclechick form; their quirky aesthetic, vivid colors and unique visual presentations lured me in and have held me hostage-making me adore them.
During one of the most hectic, yet energetic and lovely times of the year-Fashion Month, Kenzo unveiled a bold, alluring and spellbinding exotic/safari-esque collection. Heart palpitations ensued after laying eyes on one pattern…
Something about that orange, leopard camouflage print gave me butterflies, which turned into inspiration. Now I’m sharing it with you! Make your nails Kenzo SS 2013 ready with the Camouflage Leopard Nail Art tutorial. Enjoy!
First things, first, you’ll need: 3 nail lacquers – an orange (base color), a teal (leopard dot) and a purple (leopard dot outline), aluminum foil and a toothpick. I used an orange color by Orly (not sure of the name) and 2 colors by butter LONDON.
butter LONDON churns out gorgeous hues in non-toxic lacquers. I recently began using butter and I LOVE the coverage; the colors are true to form (what you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails) and long-lasting.
“butter LONDON products are formulated without the use of the harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens. butter LONDON was the first company to sell non-toxic nail lacquer in the United States.” -butter LONDON
Start with your orange base color, ensuring that they’re tap dry (tapping finger on nail without leaving a mark).
Then using your teal color, in this case, Slapper; take your polish brush and make various sizes of “dots” on your nails, ensuring that they’re not too close to each other. You can also create little apostrophes, makes the leopard print look more authentic.
Next you’ll need to grab your purple color, in this case, HRH and form a polish puddle on your aluminum foil (aids in keeping polish fresh versus a paper towel).
Then grab your toothpick.
Dip the tip into your polish puddle and trace your teal leopard spots. I usually like to leave a portion of the spot untraced, this gives it a little more dimension and really mimics the Kenzo pattern. You’ll also need to replenish your polish puddle throughout the process since the polish tends to get tacky. This part is kind of time consuming, but the end result is AMAZING!
In addition to tracing the teal spots, make mini dots of purple sporadically on your nail, this provides even more authenticity. Let them dry (10-15 minutes) and lightly glide top coat over your nails, ensuring that your leopard spots don’t drag. You’re finished look should resemble this…
It looks very intricate and advanced, but trust me, if I can do it, you can do it! What do you think? Let me know if you try it out.