Good afternoon, readers! Yesterday’s Cheetah Print Pond Mani was so simple that I’ve put together a tutorial post for you. If you aren’t familiar with pond manis, I’ll explain the idea a bit. You layer shapes/designs between coats of a jelly polish (see through, colored, think: clear polish with color mixed in). By layering a white or light colored design between the jelly coats, you are adding depth. The multiple coats of jelly darken each layer of white to a different tint. You can check out my first pond mani here. I love thinking of new designs to layer in pond manis and today’s tutorial uses simple cheetah print.
Let’s get started!
Step 2) Drop a bit of OPI Alpine Snow on your work surface (I use an old margarine tub lid). Dip your small dotting tool into the white polish and “draw” cheetah spots on the nail. I like to make wiggly O, C, U, and horseshoe shapes all over the nail. You don’t want them to all look identical, but maybe go for a similar size throughout. I change the pressure with which I am drawing to get thinner and thicker parts of the same line for more irregularity.
Step 8) Add your final thin coat of The Nail Junkie Watermelon. If you are using a more sheer jelly polish, you can repeat the steps as many times as you’d like until you are happy with the coverage. Another coat of this jelly would have probably hidden the first layer of spots so I stopped here.
Step 9) I chose to do a single cheetah spot accent over the final jelly layer with the dotting tool and OPI Alpine Snow. I also added a coat of top coat to seal in the design and add shine. This was one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. I recommend thicker quick drying top coats like Seche, Poshe, KBShimmer, or HK Girl for topping nail art. Get a large dollop of top coat on the brush and hover above the nail spreading the top coat without touching the bristles to the design. Thinner top coats can drag the image so use those at your own risk.
And just for fun: I originally tried this design with the 6 Neon Shimmer Jellies I own from The Nail Junkie while I was trying to decide which I wanted for my full mani. You can see how great this design will look with other colored jellies as well. I almost did a skittle mani using 6 of them!
What do you think of this design and tutorial? Does it seem easy enough for you to try on your nails? Are you planning to try it out? I would love to see your recreations so if you share on Instagram or Facebook, please tag me or post to my page! Thank you so much for reading.
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