Midweek Manicure // Neon Gradient + Leopard

Happy Wednesday! This week’s midweek manicure is one I did quite a while ago, but forgot to post! It’s another one inspired by @ninanailedit on instagram. I saw it and wanted to try it. It’s so different from designs I usually do, but once I’d finished it I was in love.


Neon Gradient NailsI used:

  • Base coat (any old base coat will do)
  • Nina Ultra Pro Punki Purple
  • China Glaze Pelican Gray
  • Essie Butler Please
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black
  • Top Coat (I like Seche Vite best)

Gradient Nails with Leopard Print

After a base coat, I stamped on a sponge gradient onto each nail. I made sure the gradient ran perpendicular to my nail bed, which isn’t typical for a gradient (and I think that’s part of why I ended up liking this mani so much). To create the sponge gradient, I painted a stripe of Punki Purple, Recycled and Butler Please onto the sponge. I didn’t get a picture of it, but this photo shows how that works:

sponge gradient tutorial from

After I’d finished all the sponging, I went back and drew on some leopard spots with my I Heart Nail Art pen. A thick top coat with Seche Vite made it all come together.

Leopard Print Gradient Nails

In love! I hope you like it, too.



Midweek Manicure // Leopard Print Tips

Leopard Print Nails

These were fun. I love animal print on my nails. I’m sick this week and my brain is not working correctly so I can’t think of much more to write about this mani…

I used:

Leopard Print Step 1

After a clear base coat, I painted two coats of Essie Sand Tropez along the top half of my nails, as you see above. Then, I used the brush of the Jafra Mocha Cream polish to dab on small circle-ish dots in a random pattern.

Leopard Print Step 2

Before adding a topcoat, I used the Black Milani polish to outline the brown spots. Make sure you don’t outline the dots the whole way around. In order for the spots to resemble leopard print, you should only outline two or three ‘sides’ or each dot, and don’t let the lines connect all of the time. I also added small black dots here and there.

Leopard Print Step 3

Once dry, add a top coat and you’re done! meow.



Midweek Manicure – Neon Leopard Print

I tend to paint my nails in the middle of the week, so I figure sharing a “midweek-manicure” on Wednesdays would be a good idea. Gonna try it out, see how it feels…

This week it’s my first attempt at leopard print without the normal gold, brown and black colors. Plus, I’m really into neon lately, especially this China Glaze Sun Worshiper color you see in the photo. It’s kind of awesome and I’ll probably be using it a lot. I used that color along with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy for the spots on top of the base color of China Glaze Refresh Mint. Then I randomly outlined the spots with a nondescript black polish.

neon leopard print

In other news, we’ve finally moved back into our house and I’m loving having a new kitchen and bathroom. There is still a TON of unpacking and tidying up to do but it will get done.  Tonight we are tackling the bedroom and laundry room as long as I don’t collapse into a heap on the couch the moment I get home!

Happy Hump Day!