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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: January 16, 2013

Get the look: animal print nails

Take it away, Mackinleigh!

Here’s what I used for this easy tutorial. The glitter was an extra step and isn’t necessary for this at-home manicure.
Basecoat: Orly – Bonder
Base color: China Glaze – Icicle
Glitter Polish: Mack Gives Back – Rapunzel
Inner spot color (purple): Essie – Play Date
Outer spot color (black): China Glaze – Liquid Leather
Topcoat: Seche Vite

Start off with a basecoat to protect your nails, and then paint two coats of your base color. I used silver to add some extra dimension and shine, but you can use any color you like.

Using your glitter polish, paint 1-2 coats on all nails that you don’t want to be leopard print. You can do as many or as few nails as you like, although I chose to do all but my ring finger.  Or you can skip this step altogether – but who doesn’t like glitter AND animal print?

Take your toothpick and carefully dip the point of it into the nail polish that you will be using for your inner spots. This color can be anything that you want; I’m using light purple to complement the colors in my glitter polish. Using a dotting motion, create spots on your non-glittered nails. These can be any size and shape that you want, and don’t have to be perfectly round.

Next, take your toothpick and dip the point into your outer spot color. I find that black works best for this, but any dark color would be fine. Using your toothpick, create 2-3 irregular “C” shapes around the inner spots. Again, these do not have to be perfect.

Fill in any empty spaces by creating more curved lines and random dots in between the spots.

Finish your design with your favorite topcoat and you’re done! This manicure is a super easy and glamorous way to add some glitz to your everyday.

Thanks again, Mack! Check out her line of Maine-made nail products in her shop here! Have a nail tutorial you want figured out? Let us know in the comments!

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