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Leopard Nails with Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2015 Nail Art via @alllacqueredup

Deborah Lippmann Leopard Nail Art

In general, I don’t wear prints. I’m basic in that way. Solids, especially black, make up my wardrobe. However, I make an exception for leopard print. It’s essentially a neutral. So, when I spotted these Superga slip-ons, I couldn’t resist. Then, my Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert samples arrived, and I couldn’t help but notice how well Terra Nova and Desert Moon matched my new sneaks. And so today’s Leopard Nail Art design was born.

Leopard Nails

To get the look, use Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon (green-ish grey) and Terra Nova (dark camel) and a pigmented black creme (I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out). The only tool needed is a double-ended dotting tool.

Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon and Terra Nova via @alllacqueredup

Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon and Terra Nova

Apply two coats of Desert Moon as your base. Use the larger end of the dotting tool to create splotches with Terra Nova.

Next, dip the smaller end of the tool into Black Out and lightly drag uneven lines around the outside of the splotches. Don’t completely outline them, and throw in a few black splotches for good measure.

Leopard Print Nail Art with Deborah Lippmann Terra Nova via @alllacqueredup

Leopard Print Nail Art

Leopard Print Nail Art with Deborah Lippmann Desert Moon via @alllacqueredup

Leopard Print Nail Art

Leopard Nail Art via @alllacqueredup

Leopard Nail Art

Superga Leopard Slip On Sneaker Nail Art

I think it’s a pretty good match, no?

Leopard Print Nail Art with Superga Slip-Ons via @alllacqueredup

Leopard Print Nail Art with Superga Slip-Ons

While I was writing this up, I learned that ShopBop is having a sale. So, if you like my kicks you can pick up a pair yourself for 25% off by using code SPRING25 at


ShopBop Sale CODE: SPRING25

Leopard Nails with Deborah Lippmann via @alllacqueredup

Leopard Nails

The Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert collection is available now at and coming soon to and Deborah Lippmann creme nail polish retails for $18/ea.

Have you ever created nail art to match a piece of clothing? What do you think of my leopard color combination? What’s the last nail art look you wore?

Want more nail art ideas that only require a dotting tool? CLICK HERE!

Disclosure: I purchased the shoes. Nail polish samples were provided by reps for Deborah Lippmann.  Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy
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  1. Perfect! And your nails always look so lovely and healthy.

  2. Liz says:

    Love this! Beautiful work, Michelle — your nails look delicious!

  3. Lisa N. says:

    Nice leopard print nails!

  4. Bite Buff says:

    Those shoes are awesome!

  5. Jessica says:

    LOVE the nails and the sneakers!

  6. gail miles says:

    I usually don’t like leopard print nails. However this mani is just terrific. It has to be the colors you used. They are so neat and I’m going to have to get them and try this mani. Thanks for sharing.

  7. This is beautiful and a classic leopard print design! Thanks for sharing Michelle :)

  8. Stephanie says:

    Love it, looks like a perfect match! Those shoes are to die for also, too cute!

  9. I ordered these two shades because of you. Now come over and do my nails LOL!