Leopard Print Nails? So On It

Leandra Medine | February 4, 2011

In blog years, I was but a peewee sized-fetus until The New York Times profiled me, and now? I am a fetus with legs so I can walk and wear shoes adorned by little Spanish men. 

You must be wondering how this relates to leopard print nails. It doesn’t, really.

But…about six months ago I tweeted to my humble and a half following (half because I follow myself from my birth-given name’s account:) “I hope someone asks me what my favorite color is so I can answer leopard print.” Lots of people retweeted me, so I learned my lesson: Not leopard? Not interested. I then went off and paired my leopard print vest with my leopard print tights and my leopard print blouse with my leopard print shorts. All to match my leopard print soul. This in turn induced fascination onto me’fingernails. 

A few weeks ago, The Cherry Blossom Girl posted a DIY about her dyslexic french manicure. Sure, you can call the manicure what it really is: a half moon, but isn’t it more fun to describe fashion trends using adjectives like dyslexic? Her results were glorious. 

She used loose-leaf paper hole adhesives to create the half moon effect and aptly paired shimmering green with shimmering nude. And sure, half moons in green skies are cool, but do you know what’s cooler?
Leopard print nails. Leoponails! Duh. Image via Move Slightly
 Oh, hey girlfriend.
Just last week, the crazy culotte behind Move Slightly, my own friend and perhaps the reason I’ve become so fascinated by top knots, Elizabeth Monson, posted a short bit about her leopard nails. 
I remember a time when I was fighting the urge to eat for the sake of a Jewish fast day while she mourned the lack of chicken in her tarragon chicken salad. She wore sleeveless oxford shirts and top knots when I was still riding the hot pant train, hair stringily looking to find meaning. Just kidding, I never boarded that train. But I came close. So close. Look how far we’ve come.
It’s a pretty good fashion week accessory and requires little care once applied. Elizabeth usedSally Hansen’s salon effect to perfect the ‘cure and had her cool beans man friend, Mark, photo-document the printed nail party, which I imagine, was butt-loads of fun for him.
What do you flamingos think about buying a floral nail kit and pasting that shit onto every other nail while leaving the others leopard print? We’ll be print mixing before having even gotten dressed. That’s a test of true man repelling, eh? Something to look into. More detailed instructions here. 
AND OMFG PART II: Vintage Vendredi makes a comeback next Friday and it includes bright colored suede. Loads of it.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07158321524378092859 Lisa

    Wow that must be so hard to do… What if you mess up the whole thing? Absolutely gorgeous!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05503502094009578033 dEJOISS

    Love it! It's so gorgeous! 😀

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06352440006953339712 kate funk

    Loveee these!!!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09399689218035599110 “this fashion lark.”

    Genuinely amazing, however, how on earth do you do your right hand?! My left hand is USELESS at art in comparison to my right haha! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02131825033154085391 Laura
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16802644295099928921 Sarah Dee

    "all to match my leopard print soul"… I think i may have died inside a little from laughing so hard

    <3 Sarah

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00207083711507978637 Eugenia Woods

    Uhm, I LOVE the leopard nails!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09414372748693502946 The Sequined Blazer

    Can't believe I only discovered this blog yesterday. So hilarious. Love, love, love your writing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17520178844158721944 sosò

    those nails are breathtaking!!!!!! 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13075982153498392842 April

    glad to know i have a leopard print soul sister 🙂


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13086402679625574088 Heather

    Now i know what I'll be doing this weekend!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16053473037462017410 Christy

    These are so much fun. In high school I was the ish at nail art, busting out toothpicks to push rhinestones and decals on. Now I'm lucky if I can keep the polish off my fingers.

  • Ally

    Thanks for the Sally Hansen link. Without it, I wouldn't have discovered that my nails are "squoval".

    Now if I can only figure out how to do Le Petit Bateau sailor stripe nails. I have a sailor stripe soul.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10110028726724438750 outfitqueen

    YES YES I DID THESE 2 WEEKS AGO!!! SOOO FREAKING EASY AND THEY LAST FOR EXACTLY 10 days! but make sure you give yourself enough time to take it all off! it took forever to scrub away. sooo worth it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05973282965006366517 jessie

    i saw these somewhere, and the very first thing i thought was "i wonder if i could apply them to my skin and make myself a giant heart-shaped leopard print tattoo…" what do we think? yes? (please say yes!)

  • Ally

    I had to come back to direct your attention to these MP gems at Asos:

    Printed strappy jumpsuit with matching cape!

    Jersey palazzo pants!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16747921195231684047 Francesca

    so cool!!


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08438987019714224443 Bre

    I had these in my hand on Sunday at CVS and I put them back. I'm such an idiot. I won't make that mistake again! Think I'll try the lace ones…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04872576992263682398 Bonnie

    Dude. I love it.
    I can't imagine actually doing this myself, though.
    I am so now talented enough for that.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09629805023048822032 Britney

    So cool!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05364724741065543671 Promise

    Love the nails, are they painted one or foils? Thinking of getting the leopard foils on my toes for summer, apparently they last 8 weeks..x


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05900250435339934853 Barbora

    Hey bella,
    just discovered your blog. What can I say, great stuff!I need to catch up here a bit. And as for animal print nails…I'm more a "red nails" girl. Sticking to the basics:))))
    "fashionably tasteful.have a bite"

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    How in the heck did you do those? Is it an overlay? Looks great!!!


  • Anonymous

    Love the leopard nails-I used to do a camo nail to bring in the military style.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14538323945778831758 shotgun

    You've got to do the leopard and floral nails because then you would coordinate perfectly with this D&G; Leopard and Floral Dress! DO IT!


  • http://eleganthipster.blogspot.com Madi

    Love these! I actually did my nails in the Houndstooth pattern last week. I'll be uploading pictures to my blog shortly. They're super easy to apply too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18431557789245271401 ray

    whats the MR do at the BEACH!?!?!?!?


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02111566280498166336 Magui

    Hola!!! Recently discovered your blog and it´s the first time a fashion blog makes me laugh out loud. Loved it!!!
    Magui from Argentina http://www.lovemyropero.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Crazy coincidence! I did the leopard print nails 2 or 3 weeks ago and they were amazing! People were stopping me in the hall at work to look at them. I have never received so many compliments on my nails before. I did the sparkly sequins last week and they were cool too (but trickier to apply). It really isn't that hard, and they last for over a week (which is way longer than polish typically lasts on me).

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10962047109005495507 Salony

    I actually did that nail tutorial by the Cherry Blossom Girl today and I love it! Not sure if this kind of nails are man repelling or not…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01158132032254436028 Golden Girl Olive

    Oooh how i love printed nails! I actually just posted a vid of a make up artist on YouTube that does amazing tutorials. I just finished painting my nails purple sparkle plaid. Next time I will do one hand plaid one hand stripes just to repel the mens extra!



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12067136814262845142 candyheartshome

    Love the nails, though not sure about their efficacy as man repellent? I think my husband would quite like these… could be a problem.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09407802294657989970 Candy Warhol

    I tried those Sally Hansen things this week and they didn't last ten minutes!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08644683609604021767 miss X

    Leopard print? Ugh. They're so pretty I can't breathe! Gasping.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11692628570433210399 aimee_not_amy

    i did the leopard nails a couple of months ago, but they didn't turn out this pretty! I'll have to try again using this picture as a guide.

  • http://effortlesscool.wordpress.com/ effortlesscool

    I did my own Leopard nails (by hand!) check them out?


  • http://secretfashionblog.tumblr.com/ Peter

    I did a pretty cute half-n-half manicure inspired by the reverse (dyslexic) french trend. See here:


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    thoose are stickerss….awk

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07898789417115875126 steve66oh

    These nails are gorgeous! But, not at all man-repelling! Most men would be repelled if you insist on painting HIS nails.

    For me, I was sure that I could wear nail color as a woman repellant, but it didn't work. In fact, it backfired – I was MORE popular with nail color than without… but I like the color too much to stop wearing it.

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    Gorgeous! Loveee these!!!!

  • iheartart

    <3 the third pic!

  • http://twitter.com/ThisIsRasha Rasha Suleiman

    a tad bit tacky…I’m Arab and I managed to feel it was a little bit over the top.

    (note: arabs normally like ‘over-the-top) 😛

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