DIY Cheetah Nails!

 Every woman loves to pamper  herself every once in a while, whether it’s a relaxing spa day or a day of shopping and lunch with the girls. Sometimes a relaxing spa day can get a little expensive and sometimes our budgets are just a little too tight.   One inexpensive way to pamper yourself is to have a spa day right in the comfort of your own home. You can turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa with a few candles, some of your favorite bath products and maybe even some soothing, relaxing music in the background.

It may sound a little silly but one thing I like to do to relax after a long day or just to unwind is paint my nails! (usually once everyone else in the house has gone off to bed and I have a nice quiet moment to myself) In this blog I will show you how to give yourself a fabulous manicure that is both easy and inexpensive.  I used to spend somewhere around 50-60 bucks a month getting acrylic nails, but it just got to be too much upkeep, and having to go into the nail salon every two weeks just became a hassle. So I started shopping for nail polish, just picking colors that caught my eye and  buying the sale or the off brands, which are often just as good as the more pricey brands.Then, I started playing around with nail art at home, trying to recreate designs I saw.  A design I tried recently was cheetah print. It looks really complicated but actually is really fun and easy once you break it down into a few simple steps. First let’s start with the tools you need:

  • Nail polish base color.
  • White and black polish, I recommend the nail art polish that has the really thin brush.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Q-tips for clean up.
  • Nail clipper.
  • Nail file.

First you can prep your nails by filing or trimming them if needed. Then, paint your base color. One or two coats should do the trick. I recommend letting the base color dry. The next step is to paint random white dots.Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly round. I also recommend you let the dots dry before the next coat of polish. Then you will want to trace the white dots with the black polish making random parenthesis-like shapes around each white dot. Don’t worry about trying to make everything perfect, it is actually ok if it’s not completely symmetrical. Lastly, fill in any spaces on your nail with small black dots and you are done!  You can clean up the edges with the q-tips and polish remover, if you accidently paint “out of the lines”.

Have fun and be creative! To do cheetah print you don’t have to use the standard colors. You can play around with different color combinations like I did or you can use brown, tan, and black polish to get the more “natural” cheetah print look. The possibilities are endless really!



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