Tutorial: Studded Leopard Nails (reader's request)

Heya babies!

How are you today? ♥

Today you're in for a treat - at least some of you - because it's time for another nail art tutorial. Remember the studded leopard mani? (Seen here.) Many of you wished for a tutorial, and I finally had the time to choose the photos and write the thing together. ;)

So, without further ado...

Studded leopard print tutorial


So, this is what your nails are going to look like if you follow the steps of this tutorial. This is super easy, yet chic enough for a party of any sort. You can change the look totally by just switching into different colors, by using a matte top coat, or changing the studs into different kinds of decorations.


You'll need: base coat, bright colored polish, glitter polish, black polish, top coat, nail polish remover, q-tips, stud stickers, tweezers and dotting tools. I had a file and cotton pads because I had to tidy up the nails before staring this.


The polishes used for this mani were: China Glaze I Herd That, Essie All In One base coat, Gosh Blue Balloon, Essie Licorice, and Essie Good To Go.


Start off with clean nails, add your base coat to protect them, and start the fun part - nail art. You can start painting your nails with the bright colored polish, paint your thumbs, index fingers, and pinkies with it. Let dry, and add another coat (and a third one, if your polish needs the to get opaque.).


Don't mind if your cuticles get messy, there's time to clean them up in the end.


Take out your choice of glitter polish to paint the remaining nails. Use as many coats as you need to cover your nails properly. Let dry in between, and after.


I love China Glaze's glitter polishes, they're all so amazing!


With the glitter polish, create little dots on your thumbs. Don't mind if the dots are all different, it's better that way if you ask me. ;)


Also, create dots with the blue polish on your glitter nails. You can do the whole nail if you want to, but I prefer doing kind of half of the nails. (See further to know what I mean.)



To make the dots into leopard print, use dotting tool, and add black polish around the dots in random-ish shapes. You can use two different sizes to make the print more fun.


Add some small random spots in between the big ones to perfect the print.


Now, take your studs, and start placing them with tweezers. Place a stud, press it firmly, and continue until you have the desired stud pattern. Mine was four square studs in a row for the index fingers, and three ones for the pinkies.


Cover your design with a top coat so it'll last longer - and so that the studs won't fall off right away.


It should look something like this - and then it's time for little clean-up. Dip a q-tip into nail polish remover, and gently wipe the extra polish off from your cuticles. (You can also use a small brush for this, which, in my opinion, works quite a lot better for it.)


And that's it, you now have a glamorous little manicure and you can rock it anywhere. Not very difficult, is it?

If you happen to try this out, please leave me a link so I can see your beautiful creations!

What do you think about this tutorial? Would you like to see more these, and if so, what kind of nail art would you want to see here? 

That's all I have for today, but I'll be back as soon as I can - I have lot of things to post for you!

Have a lovely week, darlings! ♥ 

Blog ya later,




  1. Amazing!!!!!!! :)
    Would you like to follow each other?!



  2. die leopard nails finde ich am besten


  3. Those nails are gorgeous. You make it look so easy.

    1. Thanks love, it's not too difficult once you get the hang of it :) ♥

  4. johanna, this is an amazing tutorial! i experimented with minx stick on for leopard print before, but this is a way better idea that you can do it yourself. will definitely try this ;-) xx

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

    1. Thank you, I think this is the easiest way to do the print and totally recommend you trying it out :)

  5. Cool photos! This looks so good :)

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  6. Awesome tutorial...detailed steps are very heplful indeed!!
    Wanna follow each other?

    1. Thank you, I was hoping this would help people ♥

  7. Johanna I am seriously impressed I absolutely love these!! The gold glitter is amazing too, never seen one as pretty.

    1. Thank you sweetie! I know what you mean about the gold, China Glaze makes such amazing glitter polishes ♥


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