Leopard Print Nails with Model’s Own Nail Art Kit

I have never been gifted with nail art. I can barely paint my nails let alone try to draw pretty designs on them – its like I’ve got two left hands. Two left hands which belong to someone else. 

A recent purchase of Model’s Own nail varnish came free with a lovely Nail Art Kit. I love a good freebie, taaa. Normally I wouldn’t even think about attempting leopard print nails but hey, poor weekend social life + free nail art pen – LETS HAVE SOME SUNDAY FUN.

The kit contains a 10ml bottle of nail polish (it doesn’t have a colour name on it, but I believe it’s Gold Rush), and an amazing little nail art pen.

I used the kit to have my first ever bash at leopard print nails. And it was a DREAM. The nail art pen is incredible – what was I doing before I got this?? Oh yeah, using a toothpick to draw wonky lines on my nails. Seriously, a friggin TOOTHPICK.

The Nail Art pen has two tips. One is a small thin brush, like a liquid eyeliner and the other is a thin metal nib – like the tip of a Uni-Ball Fineliner I used to write with at school….

The brush can be used for “stripes and creative lines” and the pen nib for designs which need more precision. To be honest, I don’t think you’ll ever need to use the brush – the pen nib is the genius bit. Great control, with a nice even flow without having to press down.

The Results of Sunday Fun


HOW CHUFFED AM I! Seriously, this isn’t perfect but my previous nail art was laughable, this is a huge improvement! 

I was very impressed with the nail art kit and it’s ease of use for even nail-tards like myself.

And here’s how I did it…

Step 1

Apply base coast – whatever colour you want – but I used Models Own in Nude Beige. It also looked good with Champagne, for a bit more sparkle.

Step 2

Put 3-5 dots on each nail. As you can see by my nails – there are no rules!  

I tried dropping the dots on and ended up with actual 3D blobs which didn’t dry. So my FaceValue tip is:

Wipe off all the excess and press the full tip of the brush onto the nail.  

If you press the full tip onto the nail, you can also end up with a nice PacMan shape which is good for leopard print designs. And little PacMen..

Step 3

The hardest part (but relatively easy if you have a nail pen)

Draw C shapes around each blob. One should be slightly thicker and bigger than the other.

Use dots to fill any blank space. It also looks good if you draw half shapes around the edges and tips of the nail.

Smudge disaster!

Face Value tip

  • DO seal off all your hard work with a nice top coat! 
  • DON’T do this until your nails are dry – otherwise you will end up with smudging.

  •  DO remember that your nail art will be wet so avoid transferring your hard work to other areas of your hands, fingers or furniture.

I didn’t.

Model’s Own have 6 colours within their Nail Art pen range RRP £6 so  go wild! And now… i have several boxes of toothpicks who have all been made redundant. 

Oh well.

Nailart newbies to painting professionals – happy Sunday Fun to you all.


Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

Find me on: Twitter


  1. Anonymous
    January 20, 2013 / 10:02 pm

    These are so cute! xxx

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 21, 2013 / 9:34 am

      They are so easy to do as well if you have a Nail art pen! Seriously I'm such a nail-tard normally! xXx

  2. Mimii M
    January 28, 2013 / 3:14 pm

    that looks great ..I will try it =D btw my Blog is makeupbymimiii.blogspot.comwould be really happy if you visited it 🙂

  3. Natalia
    January 31, 2013 / 12:25 am

    I love leopard print on nails, looks so cool x